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Not a sound bite, a sound bomb (as in F-bomb)

June 21, 2013 - Per Peterson
After winning his second straight NBA title with the Miami Heat on Thursday night, LeBron James had this to say to reporters in the locker room: “It feels great. I don’t want to talk to y’all. Leave me alone. Get the f--- out of my face.” This pleasant sound bomb was recorded by a Miami Herald staffer. I understand the players wanted time to soak it all in — the win AND the booze — they deserved it, but that’s the best James can come up with? During a happy moment? There's no script for post-game interviews, but I don't think it's too much to ask for James to have offered up something a bit more positive. At the very least he could've chosen to just ignore reporters while he partied with his teammates. James, who whined like a toddler almost every time he was called for a foul in the series against the Spurs, is the media's go-to guy. Reporters don’t want to talk to anyone but James, at least not right away, and he knows it. He’s the stranded surfboarder to the sharks with microphones and cameras. He's the MVP. And he should’ve been ready for plenty of postgame locker room pushing and jostling. He should've known reporters would be sticking their microphones and bright lights in his grill. He handled it about as poorly as one can. What a champion. The culture of the NBA has taken yet another hit because of its players and their mouths and it continues to deteriorate before our eyes. Where's Tim McCarver when you need him?


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