DeShawn Stevenson Calls Out LeBron James for Game 4 Performance

by June 09, 2011

Though he quickly back-tracked from his comments, DeShawn let it be known what he thought of LeBron’s strangely passive play in Game 4. James, though, refused to engage in a war of words. From the Star-Telegram: “LeBron James’ disappearing act in Game 4 of the NBA Finals was a topic of discussion Wednesday. Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson, who had regular battles with James when the two were with the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively, stirred the pot by saying that James had ‘checked out’ of the game. Stevenson later clarified his remarks. ‘When I said ‘checked out’ I didn’t mean anything negative,’ Stevenson said. ‘I just think when you have players like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, you tend, when they have it going, to defer.’ James seemed to take it in stride. ‘DeShawn, he’s been talking for a long time, since [the] Washington-Cleveland days,’ James said. ‘I don’t let that get to us … Talk is cheap.'”