LeBron wants it all, including every call

LeBron James furrows his brow and pleads his case - yet again. (Getty Images)

LeBron James furrows his brow and pleads his case – yet again. (Getty Images)

LeBron James must be watching too much soccer.

Or, he’s taking a night drama class at Cleveland State, and is bringing his homework to the NBA Finals court.

Whatever the case, the greatest basketball player on the planet has shown himself to be the most annoying hack actor in the game, as well. After every missed shot – and there’s going to be more than few when you’ve averaged 36 shots a game in the first two – he launches into his version of the death scene from Hamlet while trying to convince the officials that he has been mortally fouled.

James is doing more pleading and begging than a husband who forgot his wedding anniversary. More lobbying than Tony Podesta. And his habit of complaint seems to be getting worse the more the playoffs progress and the closer he gets to the championship he covets most.

Braves pitcher Alex Wood gets thrown out of a game for arguing balls and strikes. James plays on, without absorbing so much as a technical foul, while riding the refs like they were Grand Canyon mules.

The guy initiates a seismic amount of contact each time he isolates a defender and starts rooting his way toward the basket, and at the same time cries foul any time he is grazed by some over-matched defender. He might be a little more attuned to that Beatles verse: “And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” You get what you give, big fella.

Yes, he takes a beating. Yes, he is putting himself out there body and soul while trying to lift the underdog Cavs to a title. But does James really need to act as if it’s an affront to man and God whenever a Warrior dares to get in his way?

Those of us who are trying hard to appreciate what James is attempting here in this series, who want to warm ourselves by his competitive fire, may find that a tad bit more difficult with all his constant carping and moaning.

It’s just unseemly for a player of his stature. It gets in the way of his greatness, like the scratches on a Sinatra 45.

Leave the dramatic pleadings for relief to the less talented and to the players of soccer.

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ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

LeBron got badly spoiled when the NBA punched his ticket to the finals, so it's not really his fault to expect the same royal treatment in the next round.


RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Very well said, Hummer. To me, his whining has become larger than his greatness.

Sloan
Sloan

Amen, Steve Hummer! LBJ is the most physically gifted player ever who leans in to his defender then uses his shoulder, elbow, or forearm to push and create space then whines if his shot misses. And no he's not the first great player to complain, but the consistency and level of the histrionics is unmatched.

Mutley
Mutley

Something you have to say for LBJ is he willing to put Cleveland on his back, defy the terrible Cleveland curse and finally bring a championship to his town. What Atlanta owner, coach, manager or player is willing to do this?

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@Mutley


I can say, after the language and attitude of the Cleveland fans during and after our series, that I relish their disappointment should Golden State win, hopefully in 6.


I hope their drought lasts forever.

pjh215
pjh215

I guarantee there's not a single Hawks fan that wouldn't be dancing like a little girl if LBJ were to sign with the Hawks, and Mr. Hummer would do it wearing a pink tutu and tiara.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@pjh215


You say that like both realities can't exist in the same universe.


Yes, LBJ has become a superior whiner, and yes we'd be glad to have him.

pjh215
pjh215

"The butthurt is strong in Mr. Hummer"

Obi Wan Kenobi


What a joke of a headline from a guy who is still smarting from his teams' embarrassing sweep. You make me almost ashamed to be a Hawks fan.



GTJoe
GTJoe

Classic timing, Hummer.


NBA just came out and said the refs made 4 mistakes, including the clear foul on Lebron by Igouadala (about which Lebron is pictured in your article complaining to the ref).  Now, Bron did travel on the play, but if the ref actually called a travel and said, "he fouled you, but you traveled first", Bron wouldn't have complained.  Bron would have looked up at the arena screen, seen the replay of the travel, and quietly walk away.


Can't wait for Hummer to write an article that Lebron is the most overrated player in the NBA; then you can be assured that Lebron scores 50 the next game.


Better yet, Hummer, write an article that the Braves are over and should blow up the team.

gt1995
gt1995

Hummer, like every Atlanta hack journalist, is simply a whiney loser.


First, the NBA has always given leeway to the superstars, Jordan, Kobe, Magic, Shaq, Bird, etc. Heck, EVERY sport gives the superstars a little more leeway (how many of those strikes thrown by Glavine and Maddux in the 1995 World Series, or for the entirety of their careers for that matter, actually hit the outside corner of the plate) and everyone else must simply deal with it.


Second, a foul is a foul. Period. I hate hearing people say something along the lines of "well, those fouls don't impact him so they shouldn't be called." Just because LeBron is bigger/stronger/faster/more talented doesn't mean the referee should swallow the whistle when his arm is raked or his elbow is hit or Iguodala gives him a forearm shiver on every drive to the basket. That would be like saying because Lawrence Taylor was so much bigger/stronger/faster than everyone the left tackle should have been allowed to hold him a little. Utter Nonsense.


I understand why we all like to see kids like Steph Curry succeed. He's much more like us than pretty much any NBA player. Not crazy tall. Not crazy crazy chiseled. Just looks like a fairly normal dude if you saw him at the mall. But... Just because he gets knocked on his A$$ by a could that would barely impact LeBron does not make one more of a foul than the other,

GTJoe
GTJoe

LOL.  Nah, MJ never complained to the refs!  Never happened!  MJ never even passed gas!  I think I saw him walk on water too!


Fact is, Lebron is the only all-time great that DOESN'T get the calls.  It's almost like there is a conspiracy against him.  Just because he is a beast, he can't get a foul call?


Then again, this is the country that taxes the rich at 50+%, while the bottom half pays nothing. America likes to bring down the "winners", sadly. 

HallGardenDiva
HallGardenDiva

The "celebrity player call or noncall" has been around for a long time.  I remember MJ, Magic and Bird, among others, getting the benefit of many calls like those.  Still, it irks me that the most talented and athletic player in the game today is given a free pass, especially when he, of all players, should need it the least!


I agree that someone high up in the NBA needs to take Dellevedova aside and explain to him that you do NOT attempt to maim other players.  That's not just "playing hard", that's playing dirty.


And lastly, for the writer of this article, soccer does have its drama queens.  But EVERY contact sport does.  So don't denigrate a sport that you, from all appearances, don't know much about, haven't watched much and, most certainly, haven't played.

goblue86
goblue86

Seriously dude?  MJ, Kobe, D-Wade...they all did/do it.  Nothing to see here


GwinnettDad
GwinnettDad

This article was written by one more AJC whining loser.

kmarcel3
kmarcel3

I'm a native of Atlanta and I am sickened by the nit picky comments about Mr. James.  Surely, we have better things to do with our time than to worry rather or not a professional athlete has issues with calls that go against him.  Are we really having this conversation?

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

If it didn't work, nobody would do it. 

Harpie
Harpie

Amen! His bellyaching is making me sick! He should have had a technical called on him last night.I hope"his" team gets their butts kicked in the next 3 games...

DirtyBird-Rise-up
DirtyBird-Rise-up

Hawk Fans quit complaining so much!  The Hawks did not lose because they did not get any calls. They could not make and shots and they could rebound the ball to start the fast break....



pong
pong

Refs gave Cavs games 1 and 3 vs Hawks. Delly flopped 3 times : Hawks called for fouls, plus T on Milsap, and Flagrant 2 on Horford.

KBP
KBP

I like LeBron and as a Hawks fan I think his reputation gets him some calls as it did with Jordan, Magic, Michael, etc. Easy to forget that because they don't play anymore. He as well as they did not receive every call each time they were fouled either. Working the refs is good sportsmanship and I have heard stories of Jordan, Bird, Phil Jackson, and Coach K being some of the best.


Let's enjoy his greatness because soon we'll only have NBATV replays of him and the other all time greats. By the way, why is no one killin' the Warriors for losing a game to the Cavs without Irving and Love as the Hawks were "kilt"? I thought if the Warriors went up 2-0 they would win the series. I don't think that anymore.

GwinnettDad
GwinnettDad

@KBP Thank you. Whiners and losers have blamed refs for as long as there's been NBA exceptional players. Heard this about Jordan, Bird, Russell, Chamberlain etc.. Too bad the AJC has so little class that they employ somebody that would whine like this and embarrass  himself as well as all of Atlanta.

aznole
aznole

Used to admire the guy for his greatness, can't stand him anymore b/c of these antics. The league has what it wanted-LJ in the Finals. I thought the refs would lighten up and call a clean series after helping Cavs past ATL (not that they needed extra help), but the nonsense continues...

SouthGeorgiaStrong
SouthGeorgiaStrong

Somebody needs to stop Delly for diving in to players back first. He will seriously hurt some one worst that Kover. He does it ever game. Hustle is going for the ball, but he doesn't have hands on his behind so looks like intent to injure.

SouthGeorgiaStrong
SouthGeorgiaStrong

LeBon is always whining up the court down the court, I wish they would let me officiate one game. I would throw him out of the game time he opened his mouth even to yawn, Foul 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tech Bye

BCC0224
BCC0224

"You know the NBA isn't going to allow Atlanta in the Finals... " that was coming from a friend of mine who is a Lakers fan and never took the Hawks seriously all season. It was obvious when Milsap got a technical foul for questioning an offensive foul while LeBum cried and whined to the refs because he missed a shot and obviously he was fouled... 
Not watched a minute of the NBA Finals - still, go Warriors. 

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

Maybe he's actually really trying to tell everyone how bad it sucks to live in Ohio.


"Pants Up"      "Don't Loot"

he_of_stinky_wind
he_of_stinky_wind

Crying about a foul that wasn't called after obviously walking is a downer to watch.



Pistol66
Pistol66

Cleveland is ordained to win and that is why I haven't watched a minute!  I have no reason to watch a half court wrestling match with heroes and villains galore! The Hawks were a breath of fresh air this season in that they played real basketball, not this comic opera in which the coaches are spectators! FREE DANNY FERRY!

Terrytime
Terrytime

dont like him ! Did like him, until he made such a drama out of leaving Cleveland for Miami. Go Hawks! Keep Coach Bud and Danny Ferry too! our Hawks time is a coming!

Luis Chavez
Luis Chavez

Stop insulting soccer if you saw the uefa final. You would of seen how they fouled messi and he did not cry one bit, he just kept playing

Jim70
Jim70

I said the same during the game, LeBron is bad but every player on the cav's did it the first two games.


Not as much throwing the head back this year as the spurs did last year.  Saw it a few times.  Refs should review every play in which a player snaps his head back and either call a foul or a technical on the head snapper

ATLFAN34
ATLFAN34

Where was this article when he was playing the Hawks?  For some reason the media in this town "swallowed the whistle".  The refs in that series controlled the entire series from start to finish.  Credit Lebron and the Cavs for taking advantage, but if people think we should be able to overcome officiating designed to slow us down and disrupt our rhythm, they are not realistic.

SouthGeorgiaStrong
SouthGeorgiaStrong

@ATLFAN34  I don't see how he will ever match Jordon, and all the great players before him. They just played basketball without all the drama.

pjh215
pjh215

@SomewherenSGa @ATLFAN34  Did you hear what Jerry West (the guy on the NBA logo) said about LeBron James? FYI Jerry West was 1-8 in the NBA finals.

_CraZy_
_CraZy_

Yeah they all do that....  Every player and coach...


I'd love to see the NBA come down on it as it's probably the most annoying thing about watching a basketball game. Take a page out of MLB..  You argue balls and strikes you're getting ejected (period).   You argue a foul you get a T.   You do it again you're ejected for the game.    

movebob
movebob

This article is ridiculous they all do it, including our Hawks...

Larry1234567890
Larry1234567890

It was especially bad during the Hawks series............but you won't hear anything of this sort on the all Lebron all the time network ESPN. 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@Larry1234567890  I tuned them out back in the early Kobe days, I believe, back when Jim Rome was on. If they televise a game I'll watch, and I'll check their website, but I could not stand the drama and hero worship/promotion they spew out the rest of the time.

davesbrain
davesbrain

Steve, you have capsulated the same thing I feel while watching him, his belly aching for every call is diminishing what is arguably a significant accomplishment.

monty1
monty1

Terrible refs, regardless of whose side you're on.

MsMJ
MsMJ

Um, a blind person could see that the refs were making bad calls all night ESPECIALLY when it was NOT in favor of the Cavs.  This is nothing new, but as you see, they got the win anyway.