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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  7 responses

LeBron James Surprised By ‘MVP’ Chants in New Jersey


Nets fans in New Jersey were amazed by LeBron James’ dominant late-game display last night, and showered the Miami Heat superstar with MVP chants. They came as a pleasant surprise to LBJ. From ESPN and the NY Post: “James scored 17 straight points in a blur of speed, force and finesse in a five-minute span Monday night in a game that went from bland to brilliant in a blink. Down five points to the New Jersey Nets, James waved his hand and the Heat won by three points, 101-98. It completely won over the crowd, most rushing to their cell phones to take pictures and fire off texts and tweets about what they were seeing. ‘It was amazing, honestly,’ said James, who ended up with 37 points. ‘Last year I never thought I’d hear ‘Let’s Go Heat,’ that I’d hear ‘MVP’ on someone else’s floor. What we’ve been through in the last year — I’m happy to be part of it.’ [...] ‘Where were those fans earlier?’ said Nets forward Kris Humphries, who was on track to being the game’s hero with 29 points before James took over. ‘They should be screaming the whole game; don’t just show up when they get on top.’ [...] Nets coach Avery Johnson said his players were fired up for the playoff-like atmosphere inside the building, even if he did concede that it felt like an away game. ‘I think the crowd, even though they are in favor of our opponents overall, have been active and into the games,’ Johnson said. ‘For us, with us being a really good road game, our guys were up for this game. They were really excited, and I was excited for them, you could see the look in their eyes during the timeouts, they were really in the game.’”

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  • RobbieJay

    i was at that game, we yelled mvp on his first trip to the free throw line. he responded back with a hand wave lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    Nets coach Avery Johnson said his players were fired up for the playoff-like atmosphere inside the building, even if he did concede that it felt like an away game. ‘I think the crowd, even though they are in favor of our opponents overall, have been active and into the games,’

    What the ……

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200701310BOS.html IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’m not. When a fanbase is so apathetic from losing so much, they do things like chanting MVP for the opponents stellar player who is having an amazing game. Heck, even Kobe Bryant got MVP chants in the Garden in Boston on January 31st, 2007. Gerald Green was there to witness both, as he played for the Celtics during the 2006-07 season. Click my name…that Boston roster looks decent today.

  • 23

    I miss LeBron as a cav. As bad as that team was, the fans ALWAYS brought their A game and never cheered the opponent. LeBrons fast break plays would cause an eruption so loud, all of Ohio could here it. Now in Miami LeBron plays for half empty seats. And the people that do make the game on time like to yak it up on their phones. He really has no HOME games and It’s a darn shame because a lot of times players feed off the crowds energy. And I think its obvious that LeBron is that type of player. Remember all his monster games IN CLEVELAND??

  • Jer Boi

    There really arn’t many Nets fan. I see it at every game I go to. Almost always more fans for the road team, even when the T-Wolves came to town it felt like it. Really sucks, hopefully Brooklyn changes some of that.

  • Lloyd

    Was in NJ on Saturday and went to the Celtic game. More than 50% of the people there were cheering for the Celtics. The Nets fans were non-existent vocally. It was quiet the whole game. The loudest cheer from them was when this senior citizen dance crew “battled” a kids dance crew. Not surprised that Bron got the chants.

  • UNFORGETTABLE

    I was surprised but at the same time i wasn’t. Great game Bron.

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