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LeBron ticked he, Heat will not get to watch Super Bowl

Jan 31, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

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The NBA isn’t stupid — they don’t schedule any games directly up against the Super Bowl.

But it’s close enough this year that LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates are not going to get to see the San Francisco 49ers make Ray Lewis cry and beat the Baltimore Ravens. (Well, Ray will cry either way.) Ira Winderman had LeBron’s reaction at the Sun Sentinel.

“How disgusting is that?” he said after Wednesday’s shootaround at the Barclays Center prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets….

“If the Cowboys were in the Super Bowl, I’d stay there for the game,” he said of his passionate football rooting interest.

Miami tips off against Toronto at 2 p.m. Eastern and for viewers at home that works out pretty well because after the final buzzer you can flip over and catch the last hour and a half of pregame then watch the big game.

But for James and teammates there is the post-game routine of showers and media obligations, followed by a bus to the airport and a flight home to Miami — a flight that can’t be delayed to watch the game because the Heat have a game the next night at home. Staying and watching the Super Bowl then flying would leave a very tired team the next day.

While the Heat do fly a charter plane (like all NBA teams), their current one doesn’t have the modern conveniences of satellite television of wi-fi on board, Winderman reports. So they will be without the game and updates (save what the pilot can pass along).

It’s a sacrifice for work, and life is not hard for these guys, but if your job made you sacrifice the Super Bowl you’d be pissed, too.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Thats why u check the schedule in advance & request that day off, we all knew the superbowl date months ago!!!

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      WTF!

      Who doesn’t have a team plane with the modern conveniences of satellite television
      and wi-fi on board.

      Riles, this is how you treat the NBA Champs?

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      He should request a floating holiday.

  2. fudgyyy - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    “But it’s close enough this year that LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates are not going to get to see the San Francisco 49ers make Ray Lewis cry and beat the Baltimore Ravens. (Well, Ray will cry either way.)”

    Completely unprofessional

    Disgusting journalism.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      He’s a blogger. Being opinionated is in the job description.

    • biasedhomer - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Yep, he is writing for a blog site. He is not a journalist, he is a blogger. This is just a site that highlights stories from other news sites, with some opinion.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Well, Ray Lewis is a disgusting human being. So there’s that.

    • illegalblues - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      getting offended at a blog is just absolutely hilarious. i’m sure you’re a BLAST to hang out with.

  3. Blackbird0520 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Hey Lebron, you’re a multi millionaire, it’s called a DVR bruh

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      I might have to work that day too, and DVR is exactly what I’m probably gonna have to do…but it doesn’t make it suck any less. Who wants to see a game that you already know the outcome to, by yourself, without the suspense vs. live with all your buddies knocking down brewskis and making side bets?

  4. thesportsguy52 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Ravens hater are we? No surprise-that seems so common in America these days. Go ahead and cross into another sport during this article and make yourself look like a fool. Buy into the more popular Harbaugh and the exiting new QB they have. Doubt from others hasn’t stopped the purple and black yet, and it won’t.

    • dr0pkickram0nes - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      “Waaah. Everyone is against us!” – All Ravens fans.

      Ravens fans have this illusion that Ray Lewis is some sort of saint despite the fact that he had a PLEA deal in place AND ratted out his friends, but then they take every opportunity they get to wear their “Rapelisberger” shirts when Pittsburgh comes to town, when Pittsburgh’s QB was never even charged. What an awful, awful fanbase.

  5. acdc363 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    LOL @ the Ray Lewis comment. He sure loves crying. I’m not a fan of either team but I’d put my money on the Ravens in a close game.

  6. footballgod87 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Oh Lebron. You only need a mobile hotspot, a tablet and the right tv app, and you can watch tv anywhere. I’m sure he can afford it

  7. srgpsycho - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Makes me laugh. Why is a athlete any different than me or you? Go to work,get paid. If he doesn’t like it then move to a underachieving team who doesn’t play on weekends! That’s life! Stop moaning & start playing. The best never cry when it’s time to go to work!

    • skids003 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Better yet, get a real job.

  8. miamatt - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I actually missed the Patriots-Panthers Super Bowl on a Miami-L.A. flight. My flight ticket was comped so I couldn’t complain, but my head almost exploded when I was told the flight time. The man who paid for the tickets lamented “the only downside is we can’t watch the super bowl” but he had only a passing interest in sports.

    I got over it, but then again…. maybe I haven’t.

    Thus ends the most tragic event in American history lol.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      My condolences. What a sad story.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      That ended up being one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever. Plus, you missed Janet Jackson’s nipple.

  9. shanbhu - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Better tell the wifey to record it

  10. timmons94 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Raven haters lol. I wonder why u fool.
    Ray ray is a killer and a cheater. Suggs throws bleach at women. Pollard is a cheap shot artist . Their coach is a clown. The city of Baltimore is armpit of America. Drugs. Murders all the time. Give me a break. No one likes that hellhole Baltimore.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    You see how small his hand makes that football look?

  12. mungman69 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Call out sick. A tummy ache or a sniffle.

  13. chucklewis13 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    LBJ should stop being so much of a wussie. He fogets that he is in profession that requires sacrifices based on the NBA schedule. What about the policemen, firefighters, doctors, nurses and a multitude of others who have to work on special days? There are many other occupations which require people to work on Super Bowl Sunday. LBJ should charter a lear jet with all of the latest electornic amenties and watch the game since money is obviously not an issue. If LBJ doesn’t want to do that–then he should STFU.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Calm down buddy.

      He’s not skipping the game, he’s just complaining about it (in a joking manner). Firefighters working on Superbowl Sunday are probably complaining too. Who cares?

  14. mp4philly - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    1%er problem.

  15. findthetruth90 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Its the Raptors, LeBron could have them up by 25 at half and take a plane home then.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      LOL! true

  16. mikeinthevine - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Hey LeQuit, There are a lot of people who won’t see the Super Bowl because they have real jobs and have to work. You know, people who work for a hell of a lot less than you do. Suck it up and quit whining like the little girl that you are.

  17. borderline1988 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Why cant they fly out int the morning?

  18. packhawk04 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    “If the cowboys were in the super bowl”…

    That line proved to me he was joking. No smart person would ever fathom the possibility that the cowboys would be in the super bowl.

  19. bjtmeyer - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Hey Lebron,
    I’ll gladly trade you jobs so you can watch the Superbowl and I can make millions of dollars playing basketball. Until then, shut it!

  20. 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Safe to say we know who Kurt is rooting for in this years Superbowl!

  21. jayfur4u - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Popovich would’ve send the big 3 home before the game. Thats why he is the best coach in the league.

  22. redbearwoodall - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Forget your feelings for or against the Ravens. This was extremely unprofessional and classless, especially considering this is on Pro Basketball Talk. Pathetic. I lose more respect for this “news” source every day.

  23. lyndseymarieee - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    He gets paid millions of dollars to do what he loves and he’s upset that he’s going to miss the Super Bowl? I know. It only comes once a year. It’s “the big game”. But really? You can miss this one, LeBron. You’ll be fine.

  24. themagicfanguy - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Aw poor baby.

  25. skinsovieterps - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    He can’t help himself, it’s me,me,me. He really is a disgusting human being.

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