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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  176 responses

LeBron James’ ‘Emotionally Draining’ Return to Cleveland

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

One could make the argument that, barely a month in, this is (and will remain) the most highly-anticipated game of the NBA’s regular season.

Everyone — from fans, media, teammates, players on other teams; hell, even baseball players — is looking forward to seeing how Cavs fans will react, and how LBJ will handle matters once the venom starts flying.

LeBron’s first game back in Cleveland this Thursday promises to be an emotionally-charged affair, and James knows it.

The Miami Herald has the quotes:

LeBron James is bracing for Thursday’s hostile return to Cleveland, which Dwyane Wade said “is going to hurt him in a way” emotionally.

James said Tuesday the animosity “is going to be tough” to take. “I’m ready for whatever response I’m going to get. It’s going to be very emotionally draining for myself. Being in a different uniform, it’s going to be kind of weird. I give a lot of thanks to that city and those fans to give me the opportunity to showcase my talent and grow from a young boy to a man.’

Dwyane Wade warns LeBron not to try and do too much during game, and promises to help out with the traditional powder toss if need be.

On the Cleveland end of things, though they’ve taken additional measures to ensure the safety of everyone in the gym on Thursday, things seem to be a lot looser, and there are signs that the Cavs are ready to have fun with the circus-like atmosphere.

Some have suggested for LeBron James to embrace the villain role, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen. He’s not the type to relish hatred from opposing fans, something that will make his return to what used to be home that much tougher.

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  • rikson

    Shouldnt it be about basketball… A league of divas it has become!

  • kudos

    Lebron is such a loser. grow up. If it was as emotionally draining as his tv special, then I’m sure he’ll get through it just fine.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    He can’t embrace the villain role because he’s soft.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Kudos to kudos and rikson…they don’t drink the kool-aid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *Gulp, Gulp, Gulp*

  • jahmai

    Emotionally draining? Seriously LeBron? This guy is getting more annoying by the day. What happened to 30,8,8 LeBron without the daily BS.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Don’t you mean *slurp, slurp, slurp*?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    What time does the excuses start in here? I don’t want to miss it…

  • jahmai

    The only thing that will be interesting when the Heat play the Cavs is the first 5 minutes or so, when we can see how the crowd reacts, but other than that I expect the Heat to win this game without much resistance from the home team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    @ Bron Crawford…..only cats from the Chi make that slurping sound, the rest of the sports world swallows!!!!!!

  • Bruno

    it’d be fun watching wade do the powder toss

  • Justin

    I’m sure his mom swallows otherwise teammates wouldn’t keep going over there. However, he really is turning into a prima donna isn’t (s)he? Gotta love the last second suck up of “I give a lot of thanks to that city and those fans”. And he really does have to stop with talking about his “talent”. It’s annoying as hell

  • marc

    It would be crazy if the fans cheer for him.

  • jahmai

    @Justin, couldn’t agree more with you, and wouldn’t it be fun if the Cavs fan were just as good as Celtics fans with chants? They would def. sing something about Bron’s mom and I want to see how he would react to that.

  • benno

    LONG LIVE LEQUEEN

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    For 7 years as a member of the Cavs, LeBron James heard cheers in every road arena. This year, he’s been booed consistently on the road. Look, when the fans in Memphis boo you, you know the basketball world as a whole hates you because they not only cheer for their own players, but for the superstars just passing through. What will happen to LBJ on Thursday in Cleveland will be THE most vicious show of collective fan hatred directed at one player in the history of sport… I love this game!

  • Nella

    Does anyone else find the way he phrases things terribly arrogant, no matter the circumstance? “Showcase my talents?” What an AAU type vocabulary.

  • Trout

    Let us pray that we’ll finally get this over with and get back to good ‘ol basketball … but not bloody likely.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    For the ignorant: After the Colorado incident, Kobe Bryant was famously booed at almost every opposing arena and was widely despised by most fans not from LA. Once the Lakers began to win games at a high clip(and titles)he became the recipient of cheers and adulation again. This was a 4-5 year process. Again, a dude was accused of a crime, a brutal crime, and is now revered. If you don’t think this guy won’t have the same thing happen to him, you don’t know the ignorance of the everyday American sportsfan. See also: Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Ben Rothlisberger, etc.

  • Bruno

    and that can not be argued eboy

  • Flight

    Nothing more needs to be said than Eboy at 9:42. Coming from an arrogant Canadian sportsfan.

  • T-Money

    Ben, I really hope BC is writing for the mag pro bono. He’s making ya’ll look bad with his amateurish ways. Might as well give a column to The Seed.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Well said, E. So I guess we’ll find out in 4-5 years if people will still feel the same way about LBJ. But tomorrow is Thursday… We can cross that other bridge when we get to it.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Haha! T-Money, why are you so worried about me? You’re a funny — and emotional — guy. Man up… I have an opinion and a right to express it. Now I’m an amateur because I don’t ride the LBJ groupie train like you and everyone else? Nice… Grow up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    truth, BC. This is going to be A-rod-playing-in-Houston levels of hate going on in that place. Be on the lookout for Vigo manifesting in center court.

  • RobbieJay

    LeBron has gone from a King to a Jester in about one summer and 3 months. Get the tissues for Mo Williams too

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Flight: An arrogant Canadian sports fan, eh? So that’s what’s wrong with T-Money! Thanks for shining a light on what his problem really is.

  • Sparker

    yup, everyone likes a winner… unless you’re kevin garnett, or dwight howard, or shaq, or kobe… who all get crap dumped on them regularly, hills and valleys, people. and how high and how low will depend mostly on (yes) winning, but it’s more like the eddie murphy relationships rule: the fan wants to know: what have you done for me lately?

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    If Brian C was pro LeBron and anti Kobe would you still have a problem with him t-money?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Sparker, I’m pretty certain that the 4 guys you named are all kind of beloved by most of the basketball watching world.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    No need in trying to talk to him, T-Money — as usual — is acting like a little girl with hurt feelings: Hey Ben (or Ryne), you guys need to do something about BC! He’s making SLAM look bad… I have ZERO respect for men that behave like women. Take that skirt off, T-Money!

  • T-Money

    BC: Of course not. Myles doesn’t like LeBron. Neither does Russ. Ryan hates Kobe. They can all actually write though. And formulate arguments in a professional and rational way. You’re just ranting, crusading vs. the proverbial kool-aid drinkers. And you’re not that good at it. Your arguments to back up why LeBron was “nothing special” were laughable at best. At the very least, he’s 1A in the league and that’s nothing special? You’re in the same category as Kap, The Seed, JTaylor… blind haters, which is kinda sad for an alleged journalist (but who knows maybe that’ll get you a Yahoo!!!!!! column one of these days).

  • T-Money

    ShadiestBen: Yes, guys like JTaylor bore me as well and even Eboy when he goes on weird Kobe rants. What can I say? I’m bored by blind hate.

  • T-Money

    Aww stop it, you’re such a macho, BC.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    T-Money, your status as an emotional and sensitive groupie who throws tantrums when they get upset has been duly noted. Carry on…

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Co-sign BC; So far T-Mac, MJ, Barkley etc are all IDIOTS. Hating, old, washed up idiots. Idiots with vast NBA experience, in which none of us has ever come close to. Somebody cleared that uo already for you Eboy; What Kobe did to upset fans was away from the basketball court. What fans are angry @ Lebron for are constantly reminded every time he suits up for a game.

  • Vc

    I don’t understand why you people still have your pink panties in a bunch over lebron’s decision way back in the summer. Kobe was accused of raping someone and all you can do is forcefully slurp him. Get over it. Move on. Dont read these articles if it makes you soil your tampons.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I haven’t ranted about Kobe for a while. Stop dwelling in the past, T-Money. You’re far too amusing battling with Bron Crawford.

  • Fat Lever

    “…from a young boy to a man”? Don’t think so buddy. Still act and have the mentality of a young kid. From a maturity and mental standpoint, Lebron is like Benjamin Button.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Oh, and T-Money.. So your saying @ your size, (height weight whatever) do you feel like Lebron would be able to match-up to you skill wise if he had the exact same body frame as you?

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/author/hollymackenzie/ Ghost

    This is going to make Vince Carter’s return to Toronto look like a family-reunion.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Why does LeBron find an arrogant way to phrase something, regardless of the circumstances? “Showcasing my talent”? Hate to sound like an old man in my late 20′s, but his vocabulary reeks of AAU-speak.

  • Stepfan

    Heard this on the radio about the Cleveland fans and the signs that they will have on Thursday night: “Lebron went south but his moms rode West.” lol It going to be crazy in that arena on Thursday.

  • T-Money

    Spaceship Jay: I’m not really sure whether you’re serious or not. Do you actually believe you’re better ball skills than a 1st team All-NBA swingman? I mean, that’s just so incredibly stupid that I’m not sure how to respond.

  • http://slamonline.com nate

    Dame Reading all these commets really put in perspective how bitter and angry people are at lebron WOW!! Smfh

  • Bruno

    all the show is gonna be before the game starts and the first minutes, with the signs and how people will react and also if the game is close in the last minutes

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    This is actually an interesting topic so can we try to discuss “event” (as opposed to the usual name-calling we resort to when it comes to a LeBron/Kobe post)?
    How should his former teammates receive LeBron? I mean, guys like Andy and Boobie definitely got more money thanks to LeBron. And others, like Mo, Moon, and Candace’s bro might feel burned by him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    T-money – True. Blind love on this site is sometimes more annoying.

  • vtrobot

    I was hoping the Cavs would give MIA a great game tomorrow, but they looked horrid against the C’s last night. Maybe they’ll ride the energy of the Q. That place should be a madhouse. @ E: I think it’s going to take more than 4-5 years. Unfortunately, your average sports fan cares more about disloyalty to “their” team than they do about violence against women. Also, if/when LBJ starts winning, he’ll get much more sh*t than kobe got because the gasol addition was huge, but it was < than teaming up with Bosh/DWade.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    You have an annoying habit of not answering simple questions which therefore invalidate your arguements T-Money.

  • JTaylor21

    T_Money, I have never ever hated on Kobe, I just call it like I see it. I’ve never said anything like Kobe sucks or kobrick, I’ve always respected the man’s game and even called him one of the greatest but because I don’t slaugter cattle and worship at the kobe altar, I’m labeled a hater. That ish don’t add up. Also what’s wrong with saying “showcase my talents”? Isn’t that what every athlete does when they goe out there to play, to showcase their talents to the world

  • benno

    If you want to see some real hatred between fans, then watch Birmingham city fc vs Aston villa ( big derby) tonight.- Its football by the way (soccer for you)

  • T-Money

    Spaceship Jay: To answer your question, yes – I feel like LeBron could “match up to me skill wise” if he had my body frame. Wasn’t that crystal clear from my 10:27 comment? I actually have no argument on this issue, the onus is on you to explain how you have better ball skills than LeBron (which you were implying in another post). / JTaylor, to be fair, you have never said that Kobe is not a great player. You sure do find a way to always highlight his shortcomings, though.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    If JTaylor says that he’s never hated on Kobe (WTF?!), then those of you who have accused me of hating on LeBron owe me apology!

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Bryan, you know well enough to take anything JTaylor says seriously. He’s like Bizarro Allenp or something.

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, there’s a huge difference in what I’ve said about kobe and what you say about bron. I won’t label you a hater because that’s too strong of a word and people tend to overuse it these days but saying things like bron isn’t “special” and criticizing his game and saying it bores you when you’re the biggest DRose fan on here (they both play the same way and posses similar skill-sets) is what I would label insanity.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    I love the people that say BC can’t write, but then they read and comment on all of his articles…and then wonder why SLAM likes him. I personally like his writting. Just because you don’t agree with what he’s saying, doesn’t mean he’s not a good writer. I don’t agree with a lot of stuff Allenp says but I can admitt he’s a skilled writer.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I hope that the rest of the Heat are ready because it’s going to be hard for Bron to play well at all in that environment. Hell it would be tough for 99 percent of all athletes to perform well.
    As for LeBron being soft, I wouldn’t use that word. He’s Kobe when it comes to KI and self confidence on the court, but he’s probably on the same level as KG and Dirk. That’s not top flight, but it’s still pretty clutch when you look at their collective track records.
    Wade and Bosh need to come out uber aggressive and get off to good starts or this game could easily become a blowout for Cleveland because of the level of energy the Cavs will have thanks to that crowd.

  • snasty10

    Man lebron is starting to get real annoying, i would like his game to do the talking instead of him making excuses. Time to nut up or shut up

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    I think its sad a bunch of nobodys on here talking about dudes mom.

  • Robb

    This is the only game where I will support Lebron. I hope they beat the crap out of the Cavs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Jtaylor – How can you possibly not think your a Kobe hater? Even T-money (A Bron fan) said you bore him with your Kobe hatin.
    And if your being honest you probably do actually hate Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    JTaylor21, that’s exactly the reason why LBJ isn’t special to me. Because a guy like Derrick Rose can basically do the same things being 5 inches shorter and 80 pounds lighter. But that’s what makes Derrick Rose more “special” than LeBron IMO because he isn’t supposed to be doing stuff like that. Additionally, he is a kid who is confident in himself, yet is the most humble, down to earth, nicest NBA superstars you’ll ever meet. It’s rare for a player of his stature in basketball to be that way.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Allen, I hope “KI” wasn’t killer instinct abbreviated followed by saying that LBJ’s was on par with Kobe’s? Please tell me that’s not what you meant…

  • Gachan

    Looks like he meant to say he’s NO Kobe but more like Dirk or KG

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    If LBJ doesn’t toss the powder tomorrow night, I PROMISE I’ll never say another bad word about him. To me, it would show respect for the fans and it would be a symbolic apology to the people of Cleveland. I can honor that…

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, I understand where you’re coming from but Bron being just as fast and jumping just as high as DRose despite being 80s pounds heavier, that’s “special” to me. Don’t get me wrong DRose is a great athlete but guys like Wall and Westbrook are just as athletic while there’s no wingman who’s bron’s size that can ran as fast and jump higher. Also DRose may be the most humble and nicest superstar ever but how are you certain he’s that way behind closed doors? The only people that know anything about this players are their family and close friends, the rest is just based of speculation and public encounters.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I left out a “not.”
    Should read “He’s NOT Kobe when it comes to KI, more like Dirk or KG.” And while they get criticized for being unclutch, both of those guys have had some seriously clutch buckets in their careers as has Lebron.

  • T-Money

    Allenp: I wouldn’t be surprised at all if LeBron has a bad game. If anything, I expect him to be too agressive and hunt for shots, which is not his game. However, I don’t think the Cavs are talented enough to blow out anyone. Especially since the Heat also have D-Wade and Bosh, and they don’t give a rat’s a– about Cleveland. // D-Rose can do basically what LeBron does and is more “special”? Word? For god’s sake, D-Rose is not even a clear-cut top 3 point guard in the league.

  • Mvp23100

    @Crawfish
    So you knock Bron and praise Rose really Don’t mention that youngster with the king You better hope and pray the bulls can see the ECF one day and when comparing skills and size you fail to mention Brons passing ability for his size I’d rather cats like you just admit to being a hater

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Bron Crawfords 11:44a comment is complete and utter bulls*t. The only way he stops hating dude is if he is banned from the internets. Also, here’s the more important question about tomorrow’s game: Will the Sternbot be in the building? You know he wants to.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    JTaylor, I can say that about DRose because I KNOW him. He’s in my phone. His brother Reggie his agent BJ Armstrong are too. I hoop with his adidas rep at least once a week. I don’t say any of these things to brag (and this is the last time I’ll ever say anything like this again), but I kind of resent the implication that I’m speculating.

  • Mvp23100

    And the mans not clutch he scared but I could’ve sworn he averaged the most buckets in the 4th quater for the last year maybe two that’s a killer instinct if I’ve ever heard of one

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I’m serious E… I’ll never say anything bad about him again if he decides not to do the powder toss.

  • benno

    OOOHHH he WILL powder toss!! And when he does it i hope the cavs fans throw chairs,bricks or even babies at him!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Bryan, if all those things you wrote are true (and who are we to say they’re not) why don’t you just come out and say “I like D-Rose cause of a personal connection moreso than any other player in the league.” “I can’t stand Lebron because he could have came to my team and he choose the “easy” way out”. Nothing more would need to be said….ever. Instead, you vendetta every day and it comes off corny. I’ve read other dudes write that they have some kind of relationship with players and most of the time they are laughed out as if that can’t be true. Like you always say “it’s the internet, anyone can be anything they want to be”. But I would have to imagine that at some point, someone is telling the truth amidst the fantasies.

  • JTaylor21

    BCrawford, my mistake on that one, you just got to be more clearer when talking about how NBA players are. Also stop with the I won’t talk bad if he doesn’t toss the powder BS, we all know that is a lie. He said he will toss the powder and I don’t blame him. Also would you respect people who show you no respect? Why should bron respect people who acted like he was their runaway slave after he left. He should even toss that powder in their faces for all I care.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    @T-Money how am I a hater now. I just speak the truth so it can be planted and grow in people’s life. I don’t hate on Lebron, you need to reread my posts. I think he is a talent, but he should be doing more and he did punk move his way to be on Superfriends. Whats wrong with that, also to say its emotionally draining is dumb. Just play and win and leave.

    @Eboy, you are wrong lumping Lebron in with Kobe, Ray, Big Ben and Vick. You forget Lebron crime is different than the others, he quit on his CITY, TEAM and FRIENDS. The others were accused of crimes, except Vick convicted, but never quit on their TEAM. But all of the above players, actually played better after their supposed crimes. Lebron decided to leave, if they left their sport it would be because they got arrested like Vick and went to jail. Lebron left because he couldn’t handled scoring 30points a night, being the ultimate leader and because he wants rings now, instead of working from bottom up, eventhough his team had the best record in the league two straight years and went to the NBA Finals in 07, with his worst team than the last three years.
    @Allenp. HUGHE COSIGN

  • benno

    @Eboy – And let me guess, on the internet your charles barkley!!!

  • T-Money

    The people that would call him a d-ck for throwing the powder tomorrow are the same people that would call him a p-ssy if he doesnt. I hope he does it – he’s been doing it for every single NBA game, makes no sense to change that for this one game.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    MVP23
    I don’t think Lebron is “clutch.” I think he can play well at times in the fourth quarter, but I don’t think he has the same calm that players like Kobe, Pierce or even Dwade have when the game winds down. I remember when he hit that jumper over Orlando it was a great shot, but something about how he reacted made it obvious that he really didn’t believe it was going in when he shot it.
    He’s not a choker, but he’s not at the top of my list of the people I want taking last second shots for my team.

  • benno

    If lebron went to the knicks, do you reckon the cavs fans and the rest of league would still like him?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    @T-Money how am I a hater now. I just speak the truth so it can be planted and grow in people’s life. I don’t hate on Lebron, you need to reread my posts. I think he is a talent, but he should be doing more and he did punk move his way to be on Superfriends. Whats wrong with that, also to say its emotionally draining is dumb. Just play and win and leave.
    @Eboy, you are wrong lumping Lebron in with Kobe, Ray, Big Ben and Vick. You forget Lebron crime is different than the others, he quit on his CITY, TEAM and FRIENDS. The others were accused of crimes, except Vick got some jacked up time, but never quit on their TEAM. But all of the above players, actually played better after their supposed crimes. Lebron decided to leave, if they left their sport it would be because they got arrested like Vick and went to jail. Lebron left because he couldn’t handled scoring 30points a night, being the ultimate leader and because he wants rings now, instead of working from bottom up, eventhough his team had the best record in the league two straight years and went to the NBA Finals in 07, with his worst team than the last three years.
    @Allenp. HUGHE COSIGN

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    T-Money, I think you’re right…they would call him a pu*sy for not doing it. If the Heat wanted to solidfy the team the other 4 starters should do it for him. And to be honest, if Spo wanted to really have big balls and fu*k with the league, TNT and the rest of the inbreds, he’d bench Bron for the entire game…coaches decision. It be pretty hard for Cleveland to get into a frenzy if Bron sat pedestrian for 48 minutes.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Like I said E, I’m done addressing that. JTaylor21, I’ve never been so serious. I think he owes the people of Cleveland a show of respect. It’s crazy to think that those people shouldn’t be upset when they supported him through all the hate and everything else he got as a member of the Cavs and then he goes and shoots them the bird while the whole world was watching. So why not show some class and some respect for those people who were rightfully bothered by what he did in the same manner? Trust me, it would be hard for me or anybody else that doesn’t care for him to say anything bad if he makes a show of respect like that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Seed, you’re a fu*king idiot. That is all. How your wife puts up with you is remarkable if you’re this dense in real life. She should be nominated for sainthood.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How much hate did LeBron get in Cleveland? Not much, he was the golden boy.
    Seriously, that’s part of the reason why he’s struggling so much now. He gets booed in every arena by people who have decided he’s the scum of the Earth and it’s messing with his mind.
    Sadly, I can’t understand how this happened. For an world-weary egomaniac dude is incredibly naive about certain things.

  • T-Money

    Bryan Crawford: Makes zero sense. Clevelanders surely won’t show him any respect tomorrow. The powder thing is part of his ritual, modifying his ritual for one single game would be weak and cleary indicate that he’s rattled. And what about the other games he’ll play in Cleveland? Should he just not throw the powder at the Q for the rest of his career? This is not the first time an athlete is going to get boo’ed and heckled for a whole game, just take it on the chin and keep stepping – his physical well being is not at risk here. We’ll see if they’re as rowdy in the 2nd half if it’s by 20 for Miami. Clevelanders won’t feel more respected if he doesn’t throw the powder, they’ll laugh at him. And so will I.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Allen, there’s something to be said that after tomorrow’s game, Bron’s game may just open up again with the burden of going back to Cleveland off his mind.

  • Mvp23100

    @Allenp
    That’s were I feel oppinion comes in Because even when the game winds down hitting a game winning or game clinching bucket he’s ahead of all those guys you named accept 24 and was ahead of Kobe as well until last year When he hit those 6 Winners I may be mistaken but the top 3 currently are Vince Kobe and bron then take into consideration how long Vince and Kobe have been around

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I’m sorry Bryan Crawford, I don’t like writing negativity or dissing people on the internet, and I’m not specially a Lebron fan but u r getting REALLY ANNOYING with your hate, u’ve became just like that yahoo Woj… guy and it’s really sad 4 Slam, u r supposed 2 b a JOURNALIST, are you?
    I used 2 be a die hard Slam fan, walking miles 2 buy the mag, but now I think before spending my £3.95 (or £4.50 on collector’s issues) and it’s because of writers like u.
    When I discovered Slam (the Chamique Holdsclaw cover), it was a mag of die hard basketball fans, people who wrote about their LOVE of the game of basketball in all its aspects, not some frustrated writers settling personal issues? Anyway, I don’t care, all I’m asking 4 is some professionalism, some deontology…
    And it’s not the first time I’m making this complaint nor am I the only one complaining, but u seem 2 not care such your hate 4 Lebron seems strong and ungovernable…

  • Fat Lever

    Are we really placing that much importance in a gesture like tossing up talcum powder? Seriously? Who gives a f*ck whether he tosses it or not. There’s nothing he can do, as of right now, to alleviate the betrayal Cavs fans feel. Like, by some magic trick, if he doesn’t toss the powder, Cavs fans will be like “Hmmm, maybe he’s now that much of a d!ck after all”. H*ll no! Time will eventually lessen the impact, but for now, the only thing he can do is to try and say the right thing and repeatedly thank the city.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Allen, people didn’t just start hating on LeBron after July 8th. It’s not like he didn’t have any detractors, it’s just that his detractors have a lot more company now. Saying that he’s incredibly naive about certain things is a massive understatement, but when he gave that interview when those reporters asking about his return to CLE and the powder toss, he seemed to be processing what kind of moment it’s going to be. I haven’t seen that since they showed him those images of those fans burning his jersey, so he’s certainly not naive about that. In fact, at that moment he seemed very conscious of why people don’t like him anymore. The fact that he’s been trying so hard to brush it off like it’s nothing is what bothers people even more.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    T-Money, you’re a fake a$$ internet tough guy who thinks he’s smart. You’ll laugh at LeBron if he doesn’t throw the powder…no you won’t. And if you do, it shows that you lack the decency of a human being who has little to no understanding of what being decent is. Of course they’re going to boo him even if he chooses not to throw the powder. Great perception by the kid who rode the short bus his whole life. The point is that he will at least have shown some respect. If he threw powder in every arena EXCEPT Cleveland for the remainder of his career, that would be dope as hell and people would literally praise him for it. Decent people I mean, not arrogant, fake a$$ stat nerd cry baby internet wannabe smart tough guys, like yourself.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bryan
    He had detractors and a sprinkling of haters, but nothing, NOTHING like what’s happening now. It isn’t even comparable.
    I said this before, but once you get to a certain level of fame you live in a bubble, and LeBron’s bubble was apparently pretty thick. Things are slowly changing, which might not be so bad if dude stays mentally tough.
    But, I don’t see anything wrong with putting on a brave face and refusing to admit that things bother you. Dirk has taught us that admitting to doubt or worry will get you killed just as much as refusing to acknowledge the obvious. It’s a lose/lose situation because people are going to criticize you and dislike for reasons that have nothing to do with our current choices. They will only use those current choices to justify doing and thinking what they want.
    I say toss the powder, go hard and move on. The powder toss was arrogant in Cleveland and it’s arrogant now. Who cares if Cleveland fans aren’t enamored with the arrogance now that it’s no longer wearing their jersey? Crybaby, whining crazies.

  • T-Money

    Allen: I could be wrond but I think the boo’ing stops on his secound go-round through every arena. It’s just the thing to do right now. He still moves merch like crazy, had the best selling this summer, will be among the leaders for ASG voting… He will probably be always boo’ed in Cleveland (like Vince in T.O.) but I don’t think it’ll last around the league once the novelty wears off.

  • Sizzle

    The fact remains that the city of Cleveland needs to get over it. It happened nearly 6 months ago, I love how everyone says he “QUIT” on CLE. I guess by quitting you mean he doesn’t have the right to “opt-out” of a contract and find a different team to go play with?! Doesn’t seem like the definition of quitting to me. Oh and by the way, those that keep saying he took the easy way out. How is it easy to go on the road every game and be booed, largely bashed by everyone in the media, take less money, never be able to set foot in your hometown again without out rolling Cru Thik (shout out A.I.). That does sound EASY to me too. CLE and other fans fact is you just need to get over it. I expect the fans will show some real class and douse him with beer, racial slurs and profanity. Tomorrow would be a great opportunity to show the world that Cleveland is in “the post lebron era.” Instead they will likely use it as a venue to make an @ss out of themselves. Hell, maybe another 8 year old will get tackled by a dumb fan. 1

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m unclear, why is not throwing the powder in Cleveland such a good thing?
    Because he started the tradition in Cleveland.
    Man, eff Cleveland and their idiot owner and ridiculous fans. I believe in treating people with respect, but LeBron does not have to change his entire life to make Cleveland fans feel good about their crappy city with its crappy history of crappy sports teams crapping the bed.
    Crap.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Bryan, you seem to be gaining a little army of haters for your style here. Are you doing any type of penance for it? No. Do you really care? No. While Bron had a connection to the state of Ohio, you have a connection to the SLAM fam. If you piss off more fans of the mag/the site, does that bother you? Probably not, right? So couldn’t Lebron just be trying to do that same sh*t, albeit in a more public manner so that he doesn’t have a perceived weakness when it comes to his attachment/detachment to the Cavs? Sometimes hate is weird, right? We know that he’s going to be bombarded with boos, insults, mean mug faces, etc. tomorrow. So does he. What else can he do except show up and play his game. Really…nothing. It’s not like he’s going to be for their forgiveness…..nor would they accept it. I bet you that there will be a handful of Cavs players that give him love pregame and there may even be a fan or three that will be cordial and it will be shown from every angle known to man (or TNT Studios)can come up with. I’m positive of this. Why? Cause dude is going to make some gesture tomorrow (not the powder thing either) that will have people second guessing their hate.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *BEG for their forgiveness

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I can’t believe this whole issue is making Allenp, one of the more eloquent guys here, write “crappy, crappy, crapping the bed crap”!!
    That’s some emotion there, laughed my a** off at that.
    Oh and co-sign E @12.43.
    The excrement spouting BC-wannabe was just all sorts of wrong, but the LBJ-Hating-all kinds of nonsense spouting-i want an NBA star to react according to my definition of decency-BC, is all kinds of off. i know you love to provoke reactions on your articles, man but boy is this getting out of hand.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Actually Eboy, I did apologize to people and you big upped me for it.

  • T-Money

    BC: I would throw back insults if I were 12, I’m not. You’re making an assumption based on thin air that people would praise LeBron for not throwing the powder and also somewhat linking that to decency and my core values as a human being. That’s kinda bold, no? We’re talking about resin powder here. Yes, I’ll laugh at him if he doesn’t throw the powder because that would be extra weak. Unlike many of the commenters here, I don’t feel like I need to defend a player I like for every single act he does. Doesn’t mean I won’t consider him a tremendous basketball player anymore, I just don’t care that much about how celebs behave outside the lines. I also laugh at Clevelanders for the level of anger transpiring from that city, it’s quite comical. I don’t respect fanaticism.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    That was weeks ago, kid…..you didn’t really have THAT many dudes hating on you then!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Darksaber
    You liked my use of “crap”? It’s so versatile.
    Anyway, how do you feel about the Mavs so far? Dirk is killing, Tyson has made y’all better defensively, but I think Caron and Kidd will kill y’all come play off time unless Caron steps it up quickly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And yes, you came off sounding WAY better because of it at the time…..’cause you were rational and understanding that people make assumptions, even when they shouldn’t.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    I don’t respect the way Bron left Cleveland by letting them know on national (inernational?) TV without giving them a heads up. For that reason only I hope Miami get blown out tomorrow. Also I hope that there is no major incident, Cleveland fans should be happy with going to the game and hecklin Bron for a full 48. That should be enough.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    T-Money: So what’s different about making the assumption that the hate for LBJ is a “novelty” (12:41) that will eventually wear off or that people will call him p***y for not throwing the powder (12:09)? If my assumptions came out of thin air then where does your come from?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Eboy, that’s kind of why the “Bron Crawford” thing is starting to grow on me somewhat. It certainly applies given all the “blind hate” that I receive on the daily.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I know I got my DVR set for the game tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’ll barely be getting off work when the game starts. I honestly don’t know what to expect. I’d be lying if I said I hope something crazy doesn’t happen. I mean, the home crowd just booing him everytime he touches the ball would be boring as hell, we’ve seen that before. At the same time, I wouldn’t want anything super-crazy to happen either. Ultimitaley, though, I think a lot of us are gonna come away dissapointed because it will probably be anti-climatic. The fans will boo LeBron, he’ll struggle, the Heat will pull out the win. The end.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Don’t you need to have human emotions first in order to have an emotionally draining experience?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Since Eniggy made his prediction on how tomorrow will go…so will I. I think that Bron is going to play within the flow of the half-wit offense, then at some point in the early part of the second quarter (when Wade takes his rest) he will go off for about 14 in the quarter putting the game out of reach. I seriously hope he doesn’t react to fan barbs cause if he does, I can see a scene eerily similar to The Palace situation late in this game. The Heat will win going away and Lebron will leave the floor to thunderous rage and hate, like he came in to. I also think Sideshow will take a flagrant on him at some point too….although I won’t be surprised if Bron shy’s away from any type of overextension leaving the floor. BTW, this game would have WAY more dramatics if Delonte was still there.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I never seen so much hatred toward one ball player in my life time. They act like he raped somebody or committed a crime. The media asks Lebron a question, he answers it, and then its dissected and just over analyzed then people hate on him. Can we just concentrate on the NBA season

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I just hope nobody gets hurt, nobody does anything stupid, and if LBJ’s family shows up, I hope none of them gets disrespected physically… Especially not his mom and his sons.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I think he kid of clarified that he won’t have his family there. I hope he doesn’t either.

  • Jose

    Lebron should toss up some black chalk

  • Sizzle

    Something bad is going to happen, Cleveland can’t and won’t get over it. They were living vicariously through LeBron and now they have to live through Ramon Sessions.

  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!!

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    ^ is that suppose to be funny? or just racist?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sizzle FTW.
    I actually chuckled out loud at that.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    (joses post)

  • http://slamonline.com Rocksinmypants

    I dont like lebron as the person we know from stories by the media but you cant hat the game. I say he should just embrace the villain role, get the chalk and throw that ish on the floor and stomp all over it. Then and only then do I respect the man.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Eboy -Eniggy? Eh…not sure how I feel bout that one, LOL. But yeah, hopefully dude will not have any family there. His kids especially don’t deserve any harsh treatment from anyone. But there’s always some knuckleheads who take sports waaaaay too seriously.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Brion – I’ma keep it real, I don’t know in what context Jose’s post was, but why the hell whenever any color is substituted for black, it’s gotta be racist?

  • The Philosopher

    The price of being…
    THE KING!
    I am too bored right now.
    Please pardon my immense AND reckless stupidity, SLAM brethren.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negative Kreep

    WOW. Just 17 games deep,and Slams various Heat bandwaggoners are all crying uncle! Allenp said “For an world-weary egomaniac dude is incredibly naive about certain things.” You could say the same thing about his fanbase. T-Money and The Fresh Prince though have gone a step further, directing an open complaint to the editor of Slam about Bryan Crawford. The other threatening to think before he buys Slam because of what BC types ONLINE. You fan boys are too funny, and either read everything thru your bron goggles OR have not read Slam long enough to know that Ben Osbourne the ED has often been unable to give a certain 2 gaurd a compliment without first qualifying, or fallowed by a backhanded remark. How about the “enigma” write up by Ryne were you a reader then? god forbid a write up with negetive things to say on bron actually manifests itself in the actual mag. This just proves what we’ve known for a long time. Most Bron fans like himself are spoiled frontrunners used to getting their way,but too mentally weak to handle the HATE.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Im officially a fan of his now, Negative, so don’t generalize. It’s not accurate. I like the hate….I can’t wait to unleash it back on the masses once the time’s right. All I’ve got is time…..

  • LeBron de Con

    I’m afraid I’ll wet my shorts on the court when we play Cleveland. I’m bringing Gloria, my momma, jus in case peoples be mean to myself.

  • LeBron de Con

    …and it’s all Spo’s fault. He doesn’t like myself, how I roll

  • LeBron de Con

    Eboy is my pet money. He be officially my but-boy right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Last time I pet money, it was sticking out of a Brazilian strippers hole.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    OK, now “LeBron de Con”‘s post, now THOSE can be called racist.

  • PapaBearATL

    I thought Cleveland was the epitomy of Blue Collar grind it out types. A contract ended, a basketball player went to another team… The End. Stop acting like he stomped on your puppy, kicked your kitten and punched a baby. Cav fans as a whole should just ‘man up’.

  • LeBron de Con

    EBoy be flocking hole of myself.

  • LeBron de Con

    Racist?!? Eboy can vouch for the audacity of myself.

  • bike

    If LeBron had a little Jordan/Bird in him, he would torch Cavs for 60,20,15 and Heat win by 50. Later in the post game interview, he graciously thanks the hometown fans for ‘providing me the motivation to crush your team, embarass your city, and shut my haters up’.

  • The Wize

    still on about “showcasing his talent” what a cnut

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negative Kreep

    Eboy: Of course you’re a fan, he’s a HEAT player your a Heat fan NOT a bandwaggoner wich is why i said “most Bron fans” not all, that would be a generalization. As you said, it’s been a while since you were in “Kobe rant mode” i suspect because you forsawe the hipocrisy continuing that fight knowing you were going to be dealing with the exact ‘hateteraid’ having Bron on your squad calling out cats on the regular for doing the same sh!t. Besides you fought the “fine fight” for years on these threads hating on Kobe & lakerfans is old shoe when you suddenly have a superteam to root for and defend. To make a short story long, your rants while inspiring morons like J******21 and countless others to jump in have help make this website entertaining to read because even if i dont agree with you 50% of the time, you know how to make your points and get guys typing. I know you think Lakerfans are mostly all Kobe “slurpers” who lack knowledge and what not but after the years of hate were STILL here choppin it up with you. But as i see it So far alot of lebron fans are johnny come lately types that 17 games in are B*tching like they’ve loyally dealt with this hate for years. What do you think about that?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I think you’re correct.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    i know lebron did cleveland wrong, but now they want to chant scottie pippen at him, like thats some sort of diss.

    i can see why lebron left these morons to take his talent to south beach, they’re disrespectful and have no concept of whos who , and whats what in the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I would think chanting “Scottie Pippen” would be viewed as a compliment…for any NBA small forward.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^Me too.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Negative Kreep
    Not sure how I’m crying uncle.
    Did you read the piece I did about LeBron and the race issue? I mentioned his massive ego and protective bubble in their as well. I just assumed he would have expected the hate he’s received given his past and I’m surprised he’s not.
    This whole “fan boy” thing is hilarious. If you dispute a point I made, break it down using logic preferably. If you can’t then calling me a fan boy is just a cop out.
    I still think the Heat will contenders come playoff time. From the jump, I said that Boston was the deeper team, but with Miami’s talent in the Big Three they can possibly upset the Celtics.
    I haven’t wavered from that and won’t until the season is over.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    One thing I’m amazed by all this is how many reputable and respected news sources are writing entire articles about whether or not dude his gonna do his chalk-toss thing that he jacked from KG way back in the days.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I really didn’t see Dolphins-Browns being such a big deal around here.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Lebron would be lucky to have the same success vince has had vs toronto. Vince has had some great games including a couple game winners

  • T-Money

    Tarzan: why would he be lucky to have success vs. a non playoffs team? not sure I understand. Because of the pressure? For the first game, maybe, but after that? At the end of the day, it’s still AP, J-Moon and Joey Graham guarding him. // Allen: The UD loss doesn’t really change things for me as I’m not sold it’s a good idea to have him and Bosh out there together for long stretches. Bosh looked really good next to a bruiser like Damp the other day. Watch out when Mike Miller comes back though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negative Kreep

    @Allen i paraphrased what you said NOT because i think you are a “fanboy” but because you brought out a good point that i wanted to expand on. As far as you personally,i did not and would not consider someone as yourself who always provides reason and logic per your arguments a “fanboy” or a “bandwaggoner”. Seeing as how you have explained that you don’t root for any “team/company” as apposed to the actual player. However that does not change how i feel about the majority of LeBron fans on this site being fanboys and bandwagonners crying uncle over what 1 guy (BC) has been writting.ONE GUY. Thats BS to me and these guys haven’t paid dues to b*tch yet,as fans and cant handle the very limited amount of criticism that right or wrong has come thier way .i.e. “fanboys” “bandwagonners”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @ ALL YOU GUYS HERE NEED TO GET A LIFE AND STOP TALKING ABOUT LEBRON AND KOBE. LET THEM TALK SH*T TO EACHOTHER SINCE THEY GET PAID TO PLAY IN THE NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negative Kreep

    ^^^This is not me.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Tmoney, for the obvious reason of going against their former team in a very hostile environment. Vinces first game vs tdot was beautiful, I believe he had 38 or 39 along with other goodness. We all know the pressure lebron will have on him ttmrw, lets see how he responds.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Thanks Kreep for the clarification.

  • mike

    As long as someone knocks him on his butt the first time he tries to drive the lane I’ll be happy. I hope they bust on him all night long.

  • http://slamonline.com kobehater

    lbj will have 40 points 10 reb. 10 asst.plus KOBE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • benno

    @kobehater – stopping crying just kobe kills it and lebron sucks. And let me guess, after the cavs game lebron will average a triple double, and he will go onto win not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not7, BUT NO RINGS. HEAT SUCK. but you keep living in your own fantasy world.

  • It Hurts

    I know LeBron was just answering honestly to a simple question, but really … are we supposed to feel sorry for the guy, given the way he handled this and everything he’s done to Cleveland?

    Jordan would turn this into motivation. He wouldn’t be crying about it. Man up, Bron. Welcome to the real world.

  • Jackie Moon

    I used to rule the world  
    Cavs would rise when I gave the world  
    Now in the morning I sleep alone  
    Sweep the streets I used to own.

  • Jackie Moon

    *gave the word

  • http://djflkf.com Jukai

    Message to everyone:
    People need to back off saying they are ashamed of SLAM because of BC’s comments on here. THEY DO NOT REPRESENT HIS WORK! THEY ARE HIS PERSONAL OPINION AND HE HAS A RIGHT TO SAY THEM!
    IMPORTANT: -REGARDLESS IF YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE-
    I’m shocked a dude like T-Money would use the “Ben, I hope you’re not paying BC!” line. I don’t agree with a hearty chunk of what BC says, but he damn well should be able to say it and not have to worry about sullying SLAM’s amazing reputation, which included Ryan Jones making homosexual come-ons to Kevin Love, and Myles Brown loudly announcing he was going to kill Ricky Rubio if there was ever a Spanish-American War (which, btw, were both hysterical, I’m just trying to prove a point).
    So drop the whole “BC should not write for SLAM” crap. Be upset about his articles. Let him speak when he’s off the job.
    Damn.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Enigmatic, I was asking cuz I didnt get his post? thus the question marks.

  • Harlem_World

    Months ago, I though Bron made a mistake in jumping ship – but wasn’t really concerned about it. Made for good entertainment. Now? I’ve actually started to dislike Cleveland more and more for not letting this go. MOVE ON, IT’S OVER. Focus on Jamario Moons upside.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    ^^^^^^lol@ focus on jamario moons upside. Great one.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    People hating on BC, do need to give it up. Thats one of the reasons I like slamonline, because the real journalist will state sometimes why they wrote something, past experiences with stars, give their opinions outside their articles and talk junk. Thats the American way. Slamonline is the greatest mag in world. So Haters will hate, but Slam has been balling for a while now. BOOK IT!!

  • http://Slam Jasmine

    Im A True Die Hard LeBron James Fans So LeBron Haters Dont Hate Cause If You Wanna Start Something Let Me Know. Alright Im A Fan Whereever He Goes Im From Cali Live Close To Warriors And Ill Be At Warriors vs Heat!! Well When LeBron Was With The Cavs I Bet You Half Of Those Fans Said Im A True LeBron Fan Well What Happend Wheres The True? You Arent A True Fan If You Cant Exept Were He Went!!

  • Crustified Dibbz

    It’s the media whos pushin the hate along , mostly peeps with small dik$ & big cars. I don’t mind that coz it’l just motivate him to push for another triple double. Ima true Bron fan & i’l be Cheering when his name gets called out 2nite. The Seed: your moms should have swallowed you.

  • Crustified Dibbz

    moderate ? :-) AND 1 !!!!!!!!!

  • Crustified Dibbz

    The Seed : I think Brian C & Bron got so much in common. Look at it from Here. SLAM is like the the League. Crawfish is Bron. Comes out does his thing , can have a good game. BUT on a personal level ? An unreliable gimp of his fortune, a pain to be around and a #1 Sucka for Jalepino Sausages :-) Word to yours.

  • Pharoah

    ^^Why the hell did u capitalize every single word?!?

  • rainman

    PAUSE MOMENT OF THE DAY:

    “Eboy Posted:
    @ Bron Crawford…..only cats from the Chi make that slurping sound, the rest of the sports world swallows!!!!!! “

  • Mateen23

    I wanna see how miami loose against cleveland =)
    hahahaha swwet revenge

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  • Jose

    @ Brion: Well all this villian talk going on, black chalk seems appropriate. but LBJ obviously isn’t going to accept that label, it aint him

  • CRUSTIFICATION IS NEAR !

    10bux says There Will be Riots.

  • CRUS-T jalepino included

    6 game slide . (Simpsons) Ha ha ! THATS WHAT STUPID CAVS FANS GET. i HOPE they get relegated to the D league & give a decent team & especially fans a shot. Punk A$$ Bilzniches !! Anybody know that Westside Connection song ‘Bow Down’ … When i come to your town…

  • CRUS-T jalepino included

    7 games and counting. Bow down… !!

  • Crustified-Jalepino

    ha ha

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