After Saturday’s season ending loss to Orlando in Game 6 Lebron James quickly hurried off the court without shaking hand of a single player on the opposing team. What Lebron did was very disappointing and showed a lack of respect for a team that beat them. Also a lack of respect for the game of basketball that gave him respect.
He had the respect of everyone during this season and he won the MVP. He had the respect of the referees during the play-off who called every “tick-tack” in his favorite. He had the respect of Nike who created the Lebron muppet show commercials. As they say to gain respect hen you give it. He gave none.
He can clap dust in the air and do all the showmanship during the games. However when there was an opportunity to show some class and he did not. What type of example is he setting for upcoming athletes. I can excuse him not showing up to the media but him not taking 10 seconds to shake hands with someone from Orlando is inexcusable. His explanation was lame.
“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I mean, I’m a winner. That’s not being a poor sport or anything like that,” he told reporters back at the team’s facility Sunday in Cleveland. “Somebody beat you up, you’re not going to congratulate them on beating you up.
“I’m a competitor,” he added. “That’s what I do. It don’t make sense to me to go up and shake somebody’s hand.”
It seemed like he was inserting his foot in his mouth even deeper with those comments.
He clearly knew what he was doing because he shook NBA great Oscar Robertson’s hand as he was leaving the court. Hopefully he learns from this? Maybe Dwayne Wade can teach him a little bit about class.