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LeBron James is bringing back the chalk toss

Oct 2, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT


The pregame chalk toss was a signature part of LeBron James’ pregame routine. He didn’t invent it, but he was the one known for it — this was his thing.

Until halfway through the 2011 playoffs his first season in Miami, when things got serious and LeBron went away from it. He stayed away from it all the way through the Heat’s two title runs (he didn’t do it regular season or playoffs).

Now it’s back.

LeBron confirmed it after practice Wednesday to Brian Windhorst of ESPN’s Heat Index.

“It’s just me,” James said after the Miami Heat’s practice Wednesday at the Atlantis Resort. “I love my fans and they wanted it back. They wanted me to do it so it’s back.”

LeBron is on the cover of the just-released NBA 2K14 doing the toss, which should have been the first sign.

This news is more Rorschach test than anything else — what you see in it says more about you and you’re feelings about LeBron than it does about LeBron. His backers will love it, his detractors will hate it. And the world will keep spinning.

But after two titles he is messing with a streak. Crash Davis would not approve.

  1. money2long - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    what if the chalk toss was what was holding him back from titles?

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I know you’re being sarcastic, but sadly some fans actually think like this.

      • fanofthegame79 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        The world of sports is highly superstitious….of course fans (and players) will think this.

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Neat. I disliked that the din had convinced LeBron to stop being himself. I think he realized that it wasn’t necessary when he still won a title after a year of Clevelandesque pre-game dunk shows and Harlem Shake video.

  3. chip56 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I’ll take “Dumbass Things I Couldn’t Care Less About” for $1,000 please Alex.

  4. shuttaman1990 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    No 3 peat happening, take yo loss with the toss LOSER! Lakers all day.

    • heat256 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Stay off drugs, kids.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      What’s sad about this is if the Heat don’t win again this year people are going to jump on to the “he’s a choker” train again.

  5. kchoya - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Just one more thing he copied from Jordan.

  6. jpdoc26 - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Why is this a story?

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Because people such as yourself click on it and read it.

  7. zmctear72 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Lakers yeah right this guy is too funny

  8. chitownmatt - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I think some of that cr@p landed in my eye…

    Time to “LWYRUP”…

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Better call Saul!

      • miamatt - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Don’t you understand? You don’t need a criminal LAWYER, you need a CRIMINAL lawyer!

  9. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    “He didn’t invent it, but he was the one known for it…”

    What is this about LeBron not inventing his chalk spectacle? If he didn’t invent it, then who did? And don’t tell me it’s Jordan’s or Garnett’s powder clapping – those are not even remotely similar.

    So who is it?


    And how simple do you have to be to think that these images are all the same thing? How much of a hater do you have to be to try and convince people that these images are all the same thing (not referring to NBC here, but to anti-LeBron talk the world over)? Garnett is clearly inspired by Jordan, but what LeBron is doing is entirely fresh and original. Nevertheless, you will still find references all over the internet about Jordan and Garnett “doing it first” which is pure balderdash.

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