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Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 1:04 pm  |  35 responses

LeBron James Plays Catch With Heat Fan in Stands (VIDEO)

LeBron continues his fan appreciation.

LeBron James has been having fun on the court lately—so much fun in fact, that he decided to play catch with a fan wearing his jersey Friday night. No delay of game on this one…after all, LeBron’s off the planet right now. Oh, and he finished the game with 30 points on just 11 shots.

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Pretty cool gesture by LeBron. At this point, if you don’t live in Cleveland and aren’t a fan of the Cavs, you have no good reason to dislike the man.

  • zogs19994

    ID TUCK THAT BALL UNDER MY SHIRT AND DIIIIP

  • BIGboi

    co-sign lmaoo^^

  • 23

    Even if you are a Cavs fan they’re is no good reason to hate. The only ones who should hate LeBron are the teams like OKC, Boston, Washington and Chicago. Teams that he cost championships

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Cavs fans are the only people who have a good reason to still hold a grudge if anyone should. LeBron has said he probably shouldn’t have handled it the way he did but he has yet to admit that the TV show and not letting anyone in the Cavs organization know what he was going to do before going on TV was a bad idea. Until he does that, I can still understand Cavs fans being upset with him. Washington wasn’t going to win a championship with a core of Arenas, Butler and Jamison even if LeBron hadn’t have eliminated them multiple times. The Pistons or Celtics would have eliminated them too.

  • Happy

    He did admit the TV show was a bad idea. What he does not have to do is apologize for not informing the Cavs organiziation. He was a free agent. He had zero obligations to the Cavs. Teams trade players under contract all the time, without informing them at all. Families get uprooted, lives are changed, and no one bats an eyelash. They chalk it up to being part of the business. Players don’t have to tell former employers that they want to work for someone else. That’s a double standard of the worst kind. He was a free agent.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    7 years as the franchise player. Everything built around him. He definitely should have let someone know. It was a special circumstance. He wasn’t traded. The Cavs did what they could to keep him. They fired a coach. They let some of his friends around the team and in the locker room. It’s not a double standard in this case. All he had to say was “Thank you for drafting me and helping me develop into a worldwide brand. I appreciate what you all tried to do for me. I’ve decided to play elsewhere.” Pretty simple. If players who get traded can thank the organization that traded them and take out ads in newspapers to say something, a free agent can do the same. If anyone should be angry and not say anything to their former employer, it’s the guy who gets fired (traded). Not the guy who quits on his own (or leaves as a free agent).

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    If Allen Iverson can be on national TV the night he gets traded (after things got so bad that he was told not to show up to the arena for a game a few days before) and do an interview where he thanks Philly for everything they did for him, LeBron can thank Cleveland.

  • Happy

    Free Agent= No Longer An Employee. It’s not quitting if your contract runs out. You cannot use the terms quit and free agent interchangeably because they aren’t the same. That’s pretty simple. I know he didn’t get traded. No one made that point. The fact still stands, he had no obligation to inform his former employer of anything, just as teams don’t inform current employees of trades. The Cavs made the decision to hire his friends on their own. If they didn’t feel those guys were competent then that’s their mistake. For everything you say Lebron did for the organization, he did for them 100 fold. He made them a worldwide brand. His financial contributions to them were more than they ever paid him. He would be who he was no matter where he played. He got that Nike contract before he was drafted, and he would’ve made more in a bigger market. They chose him but they didn’t do him any favor by drafting him. The Cavs didn’t make him. He’d be an even bigger star in a bigger market. Stop giving them credit for things that would’ve happened regardless.

    You main point is what? If a small number of other players do something that isn’t necessary, then Lebron should? Most players do not thank the team that uproots their family without so much as a heads up. You hear about players “thanking” teams because it is indeed rare. More often than not they aren’t happy about being in a place for so long and having their lives changed without word. Rudy Gay’s feeling are more rule than exception. Lebron shouldn’t apologize for a damn thing. If a bunch of losers who have no financial stake in a organization run by an asshole Gilbert are salty, f-them. They’re morons anyway.

  • edreese

    Washington?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Quitting defined as deciding to leave a situation on your own when you aren’t being forced to do so. Did you watch Cavs home games while he was there? He couldn’t have thanked those fans who supported him and cheered for him for 7 seasons? This isn’t about what’s necessary, it’s about what’s right. He had an obligation to those fans and the organization who drafted him to simply say thank you. Is that really hard to understand? Is a thank you too much? One of the reasons why everyone was so put off by him is because everyone said he could have at least said something to someone before going on live TV and acting like the Cavs did nothing and meant nothing to him and his career. The arrogance he showed by acting like nothing was wrong with him not informing anyone. Even after the show had aired he could have written a letter and put it on his website or something. He did nothing at all. This is just common sense at this point. LeBron had the Nike contract…because he was going to be the number 1 pick in the Draft. All of those things he did for the Cavs wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t have been drafted by the Cavs. It’s idiotic to say that they didn’t do him a favor by drafting him. They made him the number 1 pick. A dude who grew up just minutes away from Cleveland. His entire story was based around him being the hometown kid who was going to lead his hometown squad to a championship. If he had gotten drafted by the Pistons or the Nuggets, that story would have been completely different. Dwight Howard thanked Orlando. After what they did to him and what they did to him, maybe the most immature star in the league thanked Orlando. LeBron can’t do the same? Name one major star who’s left a city by trade under any kind of circumstances, bad or good, who hasn’t in some way acknowledged the franchise they left. You are calling fans of a team a bunch of losers. The same fans that showed up in droves to watch LeBron more than any other player he ever played with. A statement like that shows how off base you are with this. A simple thank you is all that was needed.

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    valid points

  • Happy

    He left when he opted out. Not when he chose to play for another team. That’s how a contract works. You don’t quit when you pick your new employer, you are no longer an employee the moment you are no longer under contract. Again, stop confusing the two issues. The are separate.

    Are you really that uninformed on what happened? He did thank the fans. He took out an ad to do it, so what’s your point exactly? He doesn’t have to thank the organization, and he damn well better not now that Dan Gilbert showed the world he’s a classless asshat who feels he owned Lebron as much as he owned that team. And you’re really sitting here talking about what’s right? The Cavs did him a favor by helping themselves? Please tell me the teams who weren’t going to pick Lebron James as the no. 1 pick, because the only way your argument works is if you can prove there was some brain dead GM who wouldn’t have done it in the first place. EVERY TEAM in the league would have picked him. Sorry but you’ll have to try again on that one. The most hyped up player in the history of the sport was the most high paid and publicized amateur before the draft lottery even took place. You are telling me that Cleveland, a city largely irrelevant in the sports world, did more or as much for Lebron as he did for them? You are telling me Lebron wouldn’t have made more in a larger market? You are telling me he wouldn’t have been more famous, faster playing for one of the leagues more famous franchises? The whole hometown thing did more for Cleveland than it did for Lebron. I’m off base and yet very few people here would agree with you. You are the one with this silly mentality of gratitude no matter how poorly you were treated. That doesn’t even make sense.

    Yes, I’m calling Cavs fans assholes. He thanked them, even after they burned his jersey and are still doing low-life things like wishing bad on his family. If they are pissed because he won’t thank that jerk of a team owner then they are dumber than I thought. They have no financial stake in the Cavs to be worried about how Lebron treats management, who looked at him like a cash cow and little else.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    From what I heard, LeBron thanked Akron…not Cleveland. Two different places.

    Again, the story that was created around him was about the kid who was born and raised minutes away from Cleveland who was going to try to lead the Cavs to a championship. Then it became the best player in the league who was going to lead the “hometown” team to a championship. Without the “hometown” part of the story (even though Cleveland wasn’t his hometown), it would have been completely different.

  • Happy

    His story was created long before the Cavs won the draft lottery, hence the 90 mil before HS graduation. Sport Illustrated, ESPN the Mag, Slam, Dime, the NY Times all chronicled this kid’s story waaaaay before the Cavs were even a possibility. The hometown kid stuff happened long after Lebron’s “legend” began. Hell, they had to create some sort of story in Cleveland. It damn sure couldn’t have been “Big Star, Big City”. He made all of Cleveland relevant. He made people care about that place. For them to behave they way they did and still are is disgusting.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He was maybe the greatest high school player ever before the Nike contract and the draft. That was the story before June. The story that took him to the next level along with his play was built around him playing minutes away from where he grew up. After Cleveland got the number 1 pick, that story changed. If you were paying attention in 2003, you would have seen that.

  • 23

    Idk. Maybe I was just a prisoner of the moment, but I thought arenas was an elite player capable of leading the wiz to a chip. And ppl need to get over the decision. He did nothing wrong. Dan Gilbert did something wrong that night. And so did ESPN by airing it, then crushing LeBron for it. the show was for charity for christs sake

  • 23

    So now Iverson is the gold standard for what’s right?

  • 23

    Those fans should be thanking LeBron for what he did for that organization/city

  • Happy

    So the hometown thing was more important than his record breaking, precedent setting play? You are telling me he is more known for playing in Cleveland than he is for being the youngest player out of high school to perform at a high level? You are pushing the hometown thing way harder than necessary to make your argument, to the point where you are making it bigger than it actually was. At this point you’re embellishing the whole story to make a point that doesn’t help you anyway. The Cleveland thing didn’t take him to the next level, he took himself to the next level and he would have no matter where he was playing. I don’t care where he’s from; a non-media center like Cleveland is not equal to Lebron in determining his own destiny. That’s essentially what you said. That Cleveland deserves as much credit for elevating Lebron as he does. That’s insane and false.

  • Happy

    And if you don’t believe me, believe that Nike and NBA execs would’ve been much happier with him in NY,LA, or CHI if they were even the slightest possibilities. Tell them that Cleveland was the ideal situation for anyone but Cleveland. Tell them that Lebron playing in those other cities wouldn’t have been as good as him playing in Cleveland.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    My argument doesn’t really need a lot of a push. LeBron James was the guy who was supposed to carry the organization/team from a city minutes away from where he was born and raised to a championship. You’re out of your mind if you think that his story would have been the same if he had been selected 2nd by the Pistons instead of 1st by the Cavs. You really believe he would have blown up or even improved the way that he did had he been drafted by a team that had Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Rasheed and Ben Wallace all still in their primes? Instead of going to a team where he was immediately the best player? The savior label that people placed on him was primarily because of the fact that he was going to a team that needed a major makeover. That label played a major part in the marketing for him. Just as D-Rose now in Chicago.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    ESPN wouldn’t have aired it if LeBron wouldn’t have agreed to take part in it. He could have given those few millions to the Boys and Girls Club on his own without a TV show.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    They would be if he hadn’t have gone on national TV and dragged them through the mud. They thanked him plenty while he was there by coming to the games and buying plenty of his shoes, jerseys and other apparel. The only thing anyone associated with the Cleveland did wrong was Dan Gilbert’s ridiculous letter. The fans had a right to be angry and upset. All he had to say was “Thank you Cleveland.”

  • Happy

    See my comment about Nike and the NBA execs. You are the only person of your opinion that playing in Cleveland would have made him bigger. Yes, it needs much stronger evidence than what you’re providing if you want to convince rational folks that Lebron owed the organization anything. So what if it wouldn’t be the same. Playing in one city will make any experience different from the other, but your point only has validity in this conversation if playing in Cleveland would have made him bigger. If you know better than every sports marketing exec connected to basketball, then so be it. Somehow I just don’t believe that you do. I think I’m just going to go with the rest of the world in believing Lebron’s exposure would have been greater in a better market than Cleveland.

  • Happy

    Dragged through the mud? Show the quotes where he bashed them, please. They thanked him by buying things that didn’t affect his pockets? They thanked him by putting more money into the team owners pockets? That’s news to us. Fans don’t have a right to be anything but thankful that someone put an irrelevant city on the map. That’s what Cleveland was before Lebron and that’s what it is without him. The sports world overlooked Cleveland before him and once again they are doing it.

  • Happy

    And Dan Gilbert could’ve taken the high road, and Cleveland fans can still get on with their lives by not asking for anti-Lebron vanity plates. The fact still remains, they’re taking his God- given right to play elsewhere far too seriously given the fact that it’s only a sport. He didn’t owe them his lifelong career in Cleveland. He brought revenue to the city that they’ll likely never see again. They are the ones who should say thank you.

  • 23

    Exactly

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He didn’t mention them at all as if he was a rookie and his first team was going to be the Heat. The man should have at least said he enjoyed playing in Cleveland for the Cavs and he appreciated the love the fans showed him.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Did I say he owed them his career? Can you read? I said he just could have and should have said thank you for a great 7 seasons. Not hard.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Right. LeBron owed Cleveland nothing. Which is why almost everyone said he was arrogant by not saying he appreciated the organization and fans for how much love they showed him. You may be in the majority opinion on here, but not elsewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    cool moment. i would be stoked

  • Happy

    And they could have behaved like civilized human beings instead of the wild savages they did. So what? Their reaction to him deciding to leave would have been just as venomous and classless no matter how he left. If your opinion had any validity prior to Cleveland fans and Dan Gilbert behaving like animals, it damn sure doesn’t now. Any sympathy any could have had for them is out the window forever.

  • Happy

    So that’s the same as dragging through the mud? Not mentioning is the same as bashing? That’s news to me.

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