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Old 08-06-2009, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TAMPA -- If he could turn back time, LeBron James would have stopped on his way out of Amway Arena and spoken to reporters after his Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals. But if you still think he should have shaken some Orlando Magic players' hands after Game 6, he must agree to disagree.

"I would definitely do the media," James said Thursday in some of his first expanded comments on both the handshake controversy and the controversy over a confiscated tape of his being dunked on this summer at his skills camp. "Looking back on it, without you guys, honestly ... there's really no, there's no LeBron, there's no Dwyane Wade, there's no Tiger Woods, there's no Peyton Manning and the rest of these guys that do the things and (are) seen every day."

"Looking back on it, (not) doing the media was basically the big part of why it happened, why it got out there, and why it's still going on. If I had it to do over again, I would definitely do the media."

But as far as declining to shake hands with the winning team, James continued to defend his decision.

"I look at the handshake like this," he said. "During the regular season, no one ever says anything. We play 82 regular-season games, eight preseason games, guys at the end of the game, no one ever shakes hands. Ever. And you move on to the next game. The congratulations, I congratulated Dwight (Howard) via e-mail, told him congratulations and good luck in the Finals. The shaking hands thing is really not a big thing for me. It's not I'm a sore loser or anything like that. I'm just moving on. You guys beat me ... I think sometimes people want you to accept losing, and I will never accept losing. There's ways to handle it certain times, and shaking hands may be it. But I will never accept losing, at anything that I do."

James spoke on Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists' convention as a guest of NABJ's Sports Task Force. He was in town for a screening of his documentary More Than a Game, which will be released this fall after finishing as runner-up in the Toronto Film Festival last year to Slumdog Millionaire. The movie chronicles James' days at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

James also was promoting his new book, Shooting Stars, which is to be released along with the film. The book is co-written by James and Buzz Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights.

The 2009 NBA Most Valuable Player also shed light on the doings last month at his LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, when a camper dunked over James during a pickup game. The dunk was taped by a freelance cameraman, who then had the tape confiscated by a Nike representative.

Initial reports implied that it was James who ordered the Nike rep to take the tape, which was ultimately returned to the cameraman after online media outlets found other tapes of the dunk and aired them on the TMZ.com and eBaumNation.com websites.

James denied ordering the seizure.

"First of all, I never told anyone to confiscate any tapes," James said. "Nike has a no videotaping policy at pickup games. They've always done that. It just so happened that LeBron was involved, so now it's blown up. But it's a play in the game of basketball that happens all the time. You can go on YouTube right now and see me getting dunked on by a lot of guys. I mean, I like to call myself a shotblocker sometimes, and that tends to happen sometimes, when you just don't judge the ball right."

During the 20-minute conversation, James expressed his excitement at playing with Shaquille O'Neal next season, calling him "godfather" of the NBA players and recalling that O'Neal came to one of his high school games. And James said he would have no problem playing off the ball next season if it goes inside to O'Neal first.

"I've never had a low-post presence since I've been in the league, he said. "I love it. I can defer to a teammate. If Shaq is going I'm OK, and if it's one of those nights when he isn't feeling it, I can take over ... I know one thing that's going to happen: You can't check Shaq one on one. I can use some of my athleticism when a double team comes and slash to the rim. He's a very good passer so he'll just throw it at the rim and I'll go get it. If I catch the ball in the spot-up (position) I can either drive it or pass it. You're at my mercy."

James was non-committal on the issue of whether he'll re-sign with the Cavaliers after this season, though he said that he loved playing in Cleveland and had no reason to leave, given the team that general manager Danny Ferry has assembled around him and the rabid fan support the Cavaliers receive at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers have begun discussions with his agent, Leon Rose, about a contract extension, but James is almost certain to opt out of the last year of his deal following next season and at least test free agency.

James also expressed hope that the league and the players' union could reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides began talks this week, with a lockout in 2011 looming.

"I've spoken to some of the guys who were there for the last lockout," he said. "Ben Wallace was a teammate of mine and he went through the last one. It was awful."
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I honestly don't know why the handshake incident is a big deal.
And the dunk I don't know what to believe.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Look Lebron was being a little punk for not shaking hands. when it 1st happened he used school yard fights as an examle of losing and not shaking someones hand. that was the dumbest thing i ever heard, look at UFC they beat the shyte out of each other but there is still respect after by a simple hand shake.

that is what it boils down to Lebron showed no respect. no matter what he says. and further more he is lying again cause he does shake hands at the end of reg. season games.
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i dont mind the no shaking hands thing.
he didnt shake the other team's hands... so what.

its not near the same circumstances, but when i played HS ball, i remember losing in the finals of a tourny and refusing to shake the hands of the winning team. I didnt like them, i didnt want to congratulate them for winning, and i was pissed.
I'm not a sore loser, i just hate losing, and at that time i was so upset that we lost.

Sure, he's in the media spotlight and it was NBA playoffs - and its the right thing to do - but at that moment he was upset and didnt want to shake anyones hands. whats the big deal?
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As long as he keeps referring to himself as "Lebron" (Third person) and talks about the Cavs as "me" instead of "Us" , I will continue to consider him a B-Level, low class , manufactured Superstar.... and his record reflects that.
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its not near the same circumstances, but when i played HS ball, i remember losing in the finals of a tourny and refusing to shake the hands of the winning team. I didnt like them, i didnt want to congratulate them for winning, and i was pissed. I'm not a sore loser, i just hate losing, and at that time i was so upset that we lost.
uh.... you sound like a sore loser to me!
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the big deal is he is a sore loser. if u can not admit you were beaten by the better man you are a sore loser. whether hate them like them it does not matter. i am not saying he has to grin and shake hands. he could be pissed fine just admit you were beat. the fame might be getting to Lebrons head again.

Plus check other playoff games i am sure shock some hands after a lose.
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uh.... you sound like a sore loser to me!
maybe i used to be... i dunno, that was like 15 years ago.
now, even at my hockey games, i always congratulate the other team and shake hands... i guess its because i realize now that its just for fun and i dont take myself so seriously.
i think in HS i thought i was going to play in the NBA someday and i took everything personally... it was pathetic.
i'd be a 5'10 SG... hahahahahahaha
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the big deal is he is a sore loser. if u can not admit you were beaten by the better man you are a sore loser. whether hate them like them it does not matter. i am not saying he has to grin and shake hands. he could be pissed fine just admit you were beat. the fame might be getting to Lebrons head again.

Plus check other playoff games i am sure shock some hands after a lose.
so what if he's a sore loser.
i wish Bosh was a sore loser... maybe then we'd see some passion on our team.
i'd take a team full of sore losers that hate to lose anyday of the week over a group of guys who is gracious after defeat and laughs after they lose.
gimme passion! gimme fire!
guys like that have a will to win that gets them over the top.

i cant hate lebron for that.
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Walter Payton:

"Act like you've been there before".

Words LeBron should live by sometimes.
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Walter Payton:

"Act like you've been there before".

Words LeBron should live by sometimes.
you forgot the first half of that quote: "When your in the endzone, after a touchdown Act like you've been there before".

its easy to get down on a player for refusing to shake hands after a game, but unless you know what the circumstances are, it may not be as black and white as you think.
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you forgot the first half of that quote: "When your in the endzone, after a touchdown Act like you've been there before".

its easy to get down on a player for refusing to shake hands after a game, but unless you know what the circumstances are, it may not be as black and white as you think.
Yeah, but the crux of the quote essentially means stay classy. I agree it's dependent upon the situation and maybe LeBron hates Dwight. But if it's nothing personal, stay classy, do your part and get on with it.

Hell, it's like breaking up with a girl. Be a man, do it face to face. LeBron sent a congraulatory email. It's like breaking up with the girl over email. Doesn't take any balls and for a guy who acts like a man, he truly acts like a child.
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Yeah, but the crux of the quote essentially means stay classy. I agree it's dependent upon the situation and maybe LeBron hates Dwight. But if it's nothing personal, stay classy, do your part and get on with it.

Hell, it's like breaking up with a girl. Be a man, do it face to face. LeBron sent a congraulatory email. It's like breaking up with the girl over email. Doesn't take any balls and for a guy who acts like a man, he truly acts like a child.
So who do you have more respect for?

Lebron or RJ? hahaha
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