LBJ, still flying high after winning Gold in Beijing, was brought back down to Earth a little yesterday at Venice Beach when he faced a completely unknown challenger in a promotional game of H-O-R-S-E.
LeBron lost the outdoor game to someone named David Kalb, a warehouse worker.
From the AP:
Kalb’s bag of trick shots including one where he bounced the ball very high in the lane, raced around the goal post, caught the ball as it came down, and tossed it in the basket. James missed his try, and after losing the first game, declared best two-of-three. Each made, among other shots, left-handed free throws, but Kalb went on to win the second game as well.
After he missed his final shot, James tossed the ball away in mock anger.
(You can watch video of the event here. And check out my man Kalb’s home-made t-shirt!)
See, this is precisely why big names no longer want to take part in the Dunk Contest, and sadly, why cool ideas like H-O-R-S-E or one-on-one games between the League’s biggest stars will likely never see the light of day at All-Star Weekend. LeBron loses to a nobody in September and it makes national headlines; just imagine what he’d have to go through if he lost with millions of eyeballs tuning in.