This is kind of amusing in a sad sort of way. Who knew that a dunk in a game that LeBron James wasn't even a part of could have created such a backlash against him? For his part, LeBron says that he won't apologize.
"Did I call him out? I mean, did you read the tweet? Did I call him out? I can see why he felt embarrassed. I don't think I was the only one to react to the unbelievable play by Blake and that's what it was all about," James said after the Miami Heat's 102-89 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. "Now, if Kendrick Perkins dunked on somebody like that on the other end, I would have done the same thing," James said. "If Perkins dunked on Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan or whatever the case may be, it would be the same thing. That's just my love for the game and connecting with my fans."
Then he takes the defensiveness up another notch.
"I'm an easy target; if someone wants to get a point across -- just throw Lebron's name in there," James said. "You could be watching cartoons with your kids and you don't like it, you say, 'Blame it on LeBron.' If you go to the grocery store and they don't have the milk that you like, you just say, 'It's LeBron's fault.' "
In a way he is stating the truth. He is an easy target. But complaining about it, especially when he put himself in that position, only makes the situation worse. On one level, you almost have to feel bad for him. He's kind of reached that Alex Rodriguez status where he might be the best player in the game but there's not a ton of respect for him because of the things he does and how he carries himself. Not to mention the penchant for choking in the clutch. (I did say that I "almost" feel bad for him... just not quite)