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Gatorade twitter account trolls cramping LeBron James

Jun 6, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Friday morning Gatorade issued an apology for its comments about LeBron James and hydration.

It should be noted that there is much more to cramping than hydration alone, that LeBron could have had plenty of hydration and still cramped. He has a history of cramping issues.

SAN ANTONIO — Gatorade is an NBA sponsor (look what is on the NBA’s interview podium postgame).

However, LeBron James is sponsored by rival Powerade.

That would be the same LeBron James who cramped up and barely played the final 7:31 of the Heat’s Game 1 loss to the Spurs. Immediately some on twitter started questioning Gatorade’s official account, and whoever runs the Gatorade account pulled no punches.

Dwyane Wade is a Gatorade client, and he finished the game.

(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM


    • reesesteel23 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      You pound it everyday…more than Anti…You should know it when you see it.

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    That is some of the best trolling on Twitter I’ve seen. Clearly they’ve been taking pointers from the LA Kings Twitter guys (as their Twitter feed is constantly awesome)

  3. davidly - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    The AC situation may’ve very well have been as untoward as MJ’s pregame pizza. Fair or not, that was LBJ’s flu-game.


    • sonnysuave - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      A game that he didn’t FINISH… unlike MJ’s flu-game!

    • jpstyles314 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      So that makes it 1-1 for a cramping Lebron? I guess “Haters Gonna Hate” would be the saying. He drank Gatorade like everyone else in both games.

  4. money2long - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Does this mean anti will never let a drop of Gatorade touch his tongue ?

    • spthegr8 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      ^^^ Not unless LeBron Skeet’s some out.^^^

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        lmao, anti would suck that dry.

  5. loubearkane - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM


  6. urallstupid - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    so even if lebron is sponsored by powerade, doesnt he still have to drink gatorade in games? or can the heat staff pour a bottle of non-marked powerade into his cup while the rest of his teammates drink gatorade?

    • R. Edmond - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Most athletes (in all major sports) drink water in the Gatorade cups. You don’t want to be consuming that amount of sugar during competition.

      Water >

  7. titansbro - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    since when does plain old water not hydrate you anymore? anyone seen the movie idiocracy? we’re doomed.

    • thejjtrain - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      But … Gatorade’s got electrolytes. And it’s what plans crave!

    • kryptonovan - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      The new gold standard for hydration in the context of severe muscle cramping is water with electrolytes. The symptom of muscle cramping suggests a loss of electrolytes. This was found in the case of cholera, where rehydration with water alone was not as effective in reducing the risk of death in cases of cholera as water with electrolytes.

      “Muscle cramps may occur as water and electrolytes are lost from body tissues.” (Finkelstein, Medical Microbiology, 4th Ed.).

  8. reesesteel23 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Any chance we can here from some athletes that have experienced severe cramps before? Tired of hearing no-nothing’s, ex 3rd grade gym teachers, and people that run twitter accounts from their cubicles.

    • louderthanwords1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Well I’m thinking at least the ex 3rd grade gym teachers know the difference between here and hear.

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        and the difference between know and no.

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Your second comment isn’t even a sentence. It’s a fragment. Do you know what a fragment is? Not to mention, the first letter of your sentence isn’t even capitalized. See how easy that is English major?

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Well should have a comma after it also. You did this to yourself.

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        It’s called using the correct word and has nothing to do with being an English major. Here is not the same thing as hear and know is not the same as no. Using the incorrect word changes the entire sentence. Did the lack of punctuation change the meaning of my sentence? Know. See how that doesn’t make sense when you say know instead of no? You really should spend some time and look up homophones.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Hear & here is pretty bad. Kids in kindergarten know the difference.

  9. urodaddy07 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    This is pretty funny. A bit unfair but funny

  10. willkill4caffeine - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I’ve run cross country, track, and played basketball my entire life, so I’ve suffered my fair share of cramps and understand how debilitating they can be. I guess my only question for LeBron would be, why not take off those Under-Armour full-length spandex pants for the second half, since you know its 1,000 degrees in the building and you’re having trouble with fluid intake/output?! To me it seems like common sense to remove full-length spandex that increase heat absorption and fluid loss due to sweat, but then again I’m not an NBA athlete.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Finally someone with legit input!! Need more of this on PBT!

    • money2long - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      You know lebron has to look COOL.
      why you think he would rather move his headband back inches every season than just go bald ?

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      hahaha my friend said the exact same thing

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      I don’t know if it would have completely prevented cramping but it probably could have helped. That’s a very good question that I did not think of.

    • jdenoir - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      The problem isn’t the tights………the problem is his trainers aren’t properly managing his sodium, magnesium, potassium intake several days before a game.

      Look just like the owner of a world class KY Derby thoroughbred makes sure that his horse’s diet is maintained properly especially days before an event….the Heat should have been “carb-loading” and making sure his electrolytes were in proper balance before the series began.

      Flying at high altitude dehydrates a person…..and it takes a few days to get the body back in tune. The Heat training staff are dropping the ball on Lebron….clearly his body is off…which is why he cramps

  11. rrhoe - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    One would’ve thought D-Wade could’ve slipped him a cup of Gatorade,on the down-low.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      To no ones surprise Diva Wade suggested Legina get a wheelchair.

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Would Wade’s knees held out long enough to slip him the Gatorade?

  12. crik911 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I don’t understand, I have had cramps, I have had exhaustion due to heat. (I am not an NBA Player of course), I thought after a couple mins some rest and some liquid LBJ would be back in the game. I just don’t get it.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Everybody has had cramps. I don’t think this was your everyday cramp partner. lol

      • crik911 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Ya i’d have to agree with you on that one, Not to mention I am not 6’8 250lbs+ lol. He really is a physical specimen, I saw him a couple rows from the floor and couildn’t believe the size of him. The only person I’ve seen that I think is bigger was Julius Peppers what a beast. I’m not suprised that with all that muscle something cramped up.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      He has larger muscles than most people… larger cramps.

  13. tampajoey - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Gatorade > Powerade … just like … Spurs > Heat

    • bigrele - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Yeah just like Spurs>Heat last year too huh after 1 game & we all know how that turned out now don’t we? Heard & saw the exact same BS after 1 game in that series last year too!

      • spursareold - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        This ain’t last year.

  14. stadix093 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    This does open a perfect opportunity for a new endorsement from midol though. Get your money Lebron.

  15. djshnooks - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Dude is a pansy, bottom line.

    Everyone else made it through the game.

    You would never see a hockey player leave the game in the Stanley Cup finals with time left on the clock…unless he was being taken out on a stretcher.

    This is pathetic.

  16. scmems07 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    come on lebron, man up, the WNBA players play with cramps all the time!!!!

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      may be the best comment of all time here

  17. gnu2308 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Waaater sucks, it really really sucks.


  18. asainta - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    GUYS, these were menstrual cramps though…lol…i guess a whole different beast

  19. gmsingh123 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    PBT thinks no one can carry LeBron’s jock strap, but it looks like they were able to carry a whole LeBron just fine.

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