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Did LeBron stare down Michael Jordan on a breakaway dunk? ‘No. Don’t start that.’

Apr 27, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

During the third quarter of Miami’s Game 3 win over the Bobcats, LeBron James was seen looking at the sideline area as he converted an uncontested breakaway slam.

That’s not intensely interesting by itself, obviously. But Bobcats owner Michael Jordan just happened to be sitting exactly where LeBron’s gaze appeared to be fixed.

It was mentioned on the broadcast at the time, and of course, James was asked about it afterward.

From Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post (via HoopsHype):

A lot of media outlets — mainly ESPN — are making a story out of LeBron James supposedly glaring at Michael Jordan as he drove in for an uncontested fastbreak dunk in tonight’s 98-85 win at Charlotte.

James shot that down after the game.

“No,” he said without hesitation. “Don’t start that. Absolutely not, man. Absolutely not. I was able to read (Josh) McRoberts, get a steal and push the lead back up. I absolutely didn’t look at M.J., for sure.”

As for Jordan himself, he knew coming into this series that his team had virtually no shot to win against the defending champs. Speaking at the launch of the Air Jordan XX9 in Manhattan before the series began, Jordan was congratulated on stage for his Bobcats making it to the postseason.

“I don’t know how much congratulating we should have playing Miami,” he said.

Was LeBron looking at Jordan here? Maybe not; the Bobcats bench is over there too, and it could have just been a message to his opponent. But he definitely was looking in that general direction.

  1. greenejoemean - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I hate ESPN.

    That’s all.

    • bbbmf - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      This!

    • bucrightoff - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Is it cause they like to make up stories? Or cause they always try to make themselves a part of the story?

      • chunkala - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Both.
        It’s a shame because I always found them reputable in the 80s.

  2. phillyrox - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I love everything about this.

  3. jacobk621 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I’m looking out my front door down the street so that must mean I’m glaring at my next door neighbor ,, wth !! Who makes this garbage up ,,, ESPN ???

  4. noahbird - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Lebron would actually help his legacy by staring MJ down. MJ ain’t Medusa.

  5. luz56 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I also looked to ESPN as a reputable sports source but today’s media have their own agenda, their own ethics and their own morals that they answer too.. If it isn’t controversial it won’t sell… Create controversy !!!!!!

  6. 700levelvet - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    This would be a story if Bill Russell was sitting where his BSPN glare was directed at…

  7. nickmiller63 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    BP trollin’ again. This time, trollin’ ESPN’s trollin’.

  8. mblue24 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Lebron is NO MJ. MJ is the best.

    • toycannoni - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      lol….yeah, at this point it’s real close as to the g.o.a.t.

      with lebron having 10 years left and mj sitting in as resident cheerleader, there’s no doubt who will be the g.o.a.t when it’s all said and done

      long live the king!!!

      • kb2408 - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        When LBJ goes 6 and 0 in the Finals with 6 MVP’s then maybe you can compare him to MJ. MJ never froze in the Finals or had a moment like LBJ had against Boston. Before LBJ reaches MJ he has to reach Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Wilt, Bird, Shaq, Duncan, Russell and Oscar

      • joeypeepee - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        @kb2408 Not sure how you can compare centers that played 40-50 years ago to a do-it-all forward of today. And, I love Bird and Magic, but Lebron is the better player top-to-bottom. You could put him on the Sixers and they’re a playoff team.

    • kb2408 - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      As far as the GOAT goes, I vote for Kareem.

  9. jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    :LeBron’s the King but MJ’s God when it comes to this great game.

    • bklyn221 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      GOD really, you must be a IDIOT.

  10. ourempirestrikesback - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    ESPN is pathetic and so is anybody else that makes a big deal out of this.

  11. miamatt - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    On first watching it I thought LBJ was just looking out to make sure nobody was coming from behind to swipe the ball or block the shot, since he was dribbling right.

    Who knows, but really… who cares? I watched the local broadcast for most of this game and this kind of stuff is why.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Couldn’t pay me to watch national broadcast when Eric and Tony are on. Drink when Tony brings up Mt Vernon. Have you seen Tony Bingo on twitter?

  12. bbil2012 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    ESPN=TMZ

  13. kanemoney - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Who was he staring down then? He was obviously giving someone a pretty intense stare down… the entire Bobcats bench???

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Yes. That’s exactly what he was doing. That was him saying that they’re done, and that they can elbow all they want. It’s over.

  14. bengcolt - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    and if he did……..?

  15. djshnooks - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Yeah, no kidding…don’t start that.

    Dude has a LONG ways to go before he can even sniff Jordan’s jockstrap.

    Not to mention, Jordan paved the way for Lebitch…so he shouldn’t disrespect royalty.

  16. antistratfordian - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Haha. I agree with phillyrox: “I love everything about this.”

    And it really doesn’t matter what LBJ says – people are going to say he did anyway.

  17. coolkidchris - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Yes, he has 4 MVPs….but is he ‘elite’?
    -ESPN

  18. zxlaa - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    How many extra steps did the anointed one take in front of the former undisputed King of extra steps?

    Just wondering.

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