LeBron Burning Bridges With Ex-Teamates

James's former running mate takes exception to the King.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

You knew it was only a matter of time before those inconspicuous comments made by LeBron James after the Heat advanced to the Finals would come back to bite him, and now they have, albeit he probably won't notice as he slips his ring on his finger after three more wins. The comments in question centered on why he decided to take his talents to South Beach and weren't very flattering for his former teammates.

"I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment," James said. "The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen."

In case you're wondering, it was the 'guys that would never die down in the moment' part that has caught the attention of one of James best friends while he was a Cavalier, Daniel Gibson, and Gibson wasn't shy on how he felt when hearing those comments as expressed Wednesday on the Dugout Sports Show Podcast.

"The way it's said, you can't help but take it personal” Gibson said. “I don't think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you're great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you're great. And you wouldn't have to let it be known that everybody else was less great.

"Great players shouldn't have to do that.

"So I feel like it's kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn't die down in those moments."

Can we say burn?

These scathing comments by Gibson show a bitterness that is echoed by most of Ohio and while many could just call him out for not getting over James departure, he makes a point I've been spouting for months now. If you are the 'King', why do you need to leave to get it done? A great player elevates those around him in crucial moments and when it came to crunch time for James and the Cavs, James faltered. His will to win crumbled under the stress. It's only now that he has a D-Wade security blanket that he can finally shine in tight situations.

OK, the anti-LeBron rhetoric about the decision is getting old, even for me, (which is why U want the Heat to lose the Finals, so I can have NEW reasons to hate!) but there is a certain truth that can be found in Boobie Gibson's comments.

But it's a truth that will be buried under bling soon.


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