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LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:02 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 8:10 pm
 
LeBron James does not agree with the statement that he quit against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Playoffs. Posted by Ben Golliver. lebron-james

Who could forget one of the greatest playoff meltdowns in NBA history? After torching the Boston Celtics twice in the second round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, then Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulled a disappearing act in his team's three straight losses to close the series. His Game 5 performance was by far the worst, when he scored 15 points on 3-for-14 shooting in 41 minutes, looking listless and disengaged throughout.

That performance led Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to criticize James after he signed with the Miami Heat during free agency. Gilbert memorably said that James "quit" and that line of criticism was popular among Cavaliers' fans thinking during James' two trips to Cleveland this season.

On Saturday, one day before James' Heat are scheduled to face the Celtics in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Heat Index reports James' response to the idea that he quit last season.
"That's corny," James said. "I don't understand that type of stuff."
Last year's loss, however, apparently has given James extra motivation.
"It is personal," James said. "You don't want to keep getting beat by the same team; the same team sending you home to plan vacations."
James does all sorts of corny things -- the pre-game photo routine, his chalk toss, The Decision, wearing a head band on tilt to hide his receding hairline -- so he is an expert on this subject. 

In this case, though, he's essentially correct. Gilbert is the definition of corny. The comic sans fiasco. The misogynistic tweets about media members. The whole "barring LeBron's posse from the parking lot" incident. Corny, corny, corny. 

Plus, criticizing James' performance in the 2010 playoffs has run its course. That well of ammunition has run dry. It's so last year. He bounced back with an MVP-caliber season and is on a new team, one with its own flaws and issues to nitpick. 

And that's the beauty about this week's Heat-Celtics series. James can either get his revenge against all the critics by winning, or he can launch a whole new round of attacks upon his character and his abilities as a basketball player should the Heat be unable to get over the Celtics hump. 
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Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:28 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

looked like Kobe quit against the Mavs




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 4:18 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

He was just in a hurry to get outta town because his momma was ridin' West!  



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 2:20 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

starblazer, I can understand what you are saying.  But it wasn't just LeBron who played with no energy in Game 6 it was the entire team.  Most of the Cavs lacked energy most of the series.  And Game 5 was a joke.  So it wasn't just LeBron that quit it was the entire team.  But of course LeBron was the leader of the team.  The Cavs quit not just LeBron.

As for the Celtics.  I like watching the Celtics.  I've always liked Ray Allen.  Rondo is one of my favorite players to watch.  I've never really cared for Pierce.  But I think Garnett is one of those fake tough guys that Durant talked about. 

Yes the Decision was in poor taste.  But 24 hours before the decision it was all over the internet that he was going to Miami.  But of course that was just "rumor".

LeBron might be a villain but he now has the #1 selling jersey. 



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 2:03 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

If Lebron did quit in Game 6.  All I can say is dang.  Triple double!!!



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:50 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

Before LeBron took his talents to South Beach the only player he played with that MIGHT make the Hall of Fame would be Z.  But of course he played with the OLD Shaq.  Maybe Boozer


I found it for you kingofohio.  Insert foot in mouth.  So read before you open your mouth. 

Oh and by the way Boozer best season with the Cavs was in 2003 - 2004.  He averaged 15 points and 11 boards.  This season he averaged 17 points and 10 boards.  Games and minutes down due to injuries.  So the Boozer that played with LeBron wasn't better. 

I never said Z would make the Hall of Fame.  I said he might.  Before and after all his injuries he has had a good career. 



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:39 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

Check all my posts.  I mentioned Boozer playing for the Cavs.  So read before you open your mouth. 




Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:23 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

PS...revenge against critics?  It happened, doesn't matter how many rings / mvps.  No one else ever pulled the LeCon



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:17 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

Who could forget one of the greatest playoff meltdowns in NBA history? After torching the Boston Celtics twice in the second round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, then Cleveland forward LeBron James pulled a disappearing act in his team's three straight losses to close the series. His Game 5 performance was by far the worst, when he scored 15 points on 3-for-14 shooting in 41 minutes, looking listless and disengaged throughout.


It's not "corney", it's the truth  LeBron gave up in that last game and maybe it was out of frustration, maybe it was out of reservation this was his last game as a Cav. He was utterly disgraceful, not in his actual numbers, but in the way he played and with the lack of energy and urgency he showed. That's where the quitting references came in and IMO they're dead on.

He has a shot to shut up those critics with a great series, win or lose. If he comes up short again, you'll here more of the fact, he's not a leader, nor a clutch player. In sports, like in life, you earn your rep. It's not decided by flash or cash, but productivity.

James is an incredibly gifted athlete and basketball player. There are no denying his skills. What is in doubt is his heart and his stomach. He's already shown numerous signs of disloyalty. The way he left Cleveland was absolutely gutless. I always found the fact he says he loves Ohio and the city of Cleveland a joke. How does anyone who says that root for the Yankees and Cowboys? That shows he's a front-runner, not someone who truly feels connected to his area. Whatever he says should be taken with a grain of salt based on his past history.

While I dislike the Celtics immensely, I actually respect the team. Pierce, Allen and Garnett are terrific clutch players and champions. Rondo is a great PG despite the fact he can't shoot. They have a very good and immensely likeable coach. I have zero respect for the Heat except for Wade who carried a team to a title that had no right winning it. Bosh is a would-be punk who is soft and fades away in crunch time. LeBron has proven himself to be a manipulator and hardly Mr. Big shot. There are few who will forget how utterly pathetic and disingenuous "The Decision" was. He's become impossible to root for and has replaced Kobe in that context.

Go Celtics. Beat them in 6 or less. I say Boston in 6.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:08 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

No LeBron, it happened.  You either quit or tanked it.  You didn't go out like Willis Reed or even Gibson in Baseball.
MRI "no structural damage" FACT.  Very sad but the truth is the truth regardless of your motive.  I don't believe an athlete of your stature has ever quit or tanked it to the level you did in a play-off game.  It's part of your legacy now.  I doubt you'll quit now but that doesn't change what you did.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:12 pm
 

LeBron James: Talk that he's a quitter is 'corny'

 You lost all credibility when you stated that Z might make the Hall of Fame.


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