Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 10:39 am  |  22 responses

Jim Brown Says LeBron is Gone

The NFL Hall of Famer blamed the Cavs fans while on WVIE Radio in Ohio: “‘It’s so unfortunate that a man that’s got so much would feel so bad right now because of what he couldn’t do. I think he’s being treated unfairly,’ Brown said. ‘I think the expectations were too high, and I don’t think he’s gonna stay in Cleveland because of it. I think as one man, there’s only so much you can do, and for people to analyze you and to say humiliating things about you, when you’ve given all those things through the years to that franchise, I think it’s an atrocity.’”

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  • Silverselectjd

    I don’t think the talk will stop where ever he goes. It’ll continue as long as he is still labeled the King and hasn’t won anything. If he want’s a big market to play in he should go to the Lakers. Big name brand team, flashing lights of Hollywood and the big money from Buss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sesa.opas Sesa

    He’s on LeBron’s PR team?

  • The Philosopher

    What else is there to say?

  • underdog

    I don’t want to say anything bad about LeBron, because all the criticism have already been said, but the the expectations weren’t too high at all. At least not higher, than by any other contender.

  • kriz

    no player has had higher expectations placed upon him than lebron in the past years. most media outlets dont understand the team that wins is almost always the team without the weak link. so the media decides to blame lebron. the playoffs are all about D, weak links, and clutchness. maybe the cavs would have won with jordan replacing james but the D would still be terrible

  • kato

    So, are the fans also to blame for LeBron’s sense of entitlement (which he came into the league with, calling himself “King James” and “The Chosen One”? I respect Jim Brown, to an extent, but it’s unfair for him to place blame on the city of Cleveland, and its fans, when they’ve done nothing but shower him with praise and adulation from day one. ALL sports fans show disappointment, when their teams fail to live up to expectations, with New York perhaps being the most harsh. If James is going to be so sensitive about fan criticism (and if the rumors are to be believed), then he definitely needs to stay clear of New York and the Knicks, and just play for a team with extremely low expectations. No one is guaranteed a ring, so LeBron and his numerous babysitters need to quit whining, and just focus on winning.

  • sterling wade

    Lebron did have the media hype him up when in reality Kobe was the face of the NBA until he caught that r**e charge then the media and NBA went with the next best thing which was Lebron if he doesn’t win an NBA championship he will be the biggest bust in NBA history

  • BostonBaller

    This was Jim Brown speaking, therefore the sensitive comment may have been a bit premature since LBJ himself hasn’t said anything , to my knowledge. As far as King James & The Chosen One go, they are merely nick names that I’m not even sure he chose for himself. King James fits b/c his last name is James and there was a “real” King James way back in like 1566 or 67 (an infant crowned King) that someone probably thought would be cool to call him and if you want to go with the biblical side of it, King James is a version of the Bible that fits with “The Chosen One” nick name AND the “witness” slogan Nike has going on for him. I think it’s all about marketing $$$$$ more than anything else..With that poorly stated, he probably is feeling himself a bit b/c of all the hype since grade school….lol

  • LA Huey

    @kato, I think your expectations of an 18-year old’s mental toughness is unfair. That being said, Cleveland is probably going to have the least amount of criticism out of the teams he could go to this summer. Going to a bigger market might bring mo’ money but (as B.I.G.) said, it’ll bring mo’ problems (re: criticism) too.

  • ripslam

    Personally, I stopped caring about LeBron after my Celts beat him down. It’s disgusting how the media treats him.

  • Hersey

    LeBron is in the unique position of being the hopeful sports savior in his hometown- which is known for sports futility over the last 46 years. There is not 1 other player who can relate to that. That being said, dude will be a villain if he leaves and will deal with increasing pressure if he stays. I think it’s ridiculous to judge the quality of players career based on championships but our increasingly shortsighted sports fans buy into those storylines. There have been numerous players who were a joy to watch but who’ve never had the best team. Ultimately he’s gotta choose his own path, like Jim Brown did in his own life.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    So, Jim Brown says Lebron is gone and Calvin Murphy says Delonte did indeed bang Lebron’s mom. It appears ‘Wise Lebron’ of the Lebrons is quite the gossip down at the senior center…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    LeBron, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman= 5 peat.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Pardeep, clips do offer best surrounding talent, now about that coach…..

  • BostonBaller

    Leave our coaches alone. lol

  • Justin

    Hersey is right on here. Lebron has unbelievable pressure on him that I’m not sure any player has ever had coming into the league maybe since even Kareem Abdul Jabbar. And remember, the guy is only 25 years old. Michael didn’t have a championship until he was 28. There are going to be some growing pains, much the same way Michael and Kobe had. Michael heard much criticism too. “You can’t win a title with the league scoring leader” or “He doesn’t make his teammates better”. Another good point Hersey made was how people evaluate players by number of championships. I guess Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley to name a few had horrible careers and were chronic underachievers huh?

  • xero

    Is Lebron still crying?

  • bill breedley

    stop being a clown and acting like someone who has won something. only til he grows up will people stop criticizing him. again the espn hype and the david stern buildup falls flat.it worked once with mj and will be hard to repeat. they tried with kobe and it burst in david’s face when the whole colorado thing happened.

  • ClydeSays

    Woah now, Mr. Brown. An ‘atrocity’?! That’s a little strong. I’d reserve that term for Nazi Germany, the Belgian Congo or the Khmer Rouge. Cavs fans were hyped into believing ownership had built a contender, just like the media and well, everyone. It wasn’t a stretch. They had/have one of the best players in the game. I think the fans responded to the Cavs indifference in the last couple of games. They bought tickets. That have right to boo. It is ‘entertainment’ after all…

  • kato

    LA Huey, “18 year old”? He’s 25!

    BostonBaller, it’s true that he hasn’t said anything to specifically address the criticism, but he has never handled criticism well. There’s a defiant attitude which he carries, that says (much like the t-shirt he wore after last year’s playoff exit) “check my stats,” as if that’s all that matters in the game, and team concept, of basketball. And, as for the nicknames, he did “crown” himself with those titles. Others have given themselves nicknames, in the past, but none so presumptuous. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you GET chosen; you don’t choose yourself. It’s definitely about marketing and self-promotion. In a way, it’s smart, but you open yourself up for a lot of criticism (fair or not) when you insist on elevating yourself while continuing to fall short.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    First, I see you BETCATS.
    Second, who cares?

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    when he takes that damn kufi off, i’ll listen.