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James finished with 25 points, but was 8-20 from the field. He had 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Not being able to perform comfortably and seeing his team lose didn't feel good for James.
"One thing about me you gotta understand: it is hard for me to congratulate somebody after just losing to him," James said. "I'm a winner; that's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you are not going to congratulate them beating you up. That doesn't make sense to me, I'm a competitor and that is what I do. It doesn't make sense to me to go over and shake somebody's hand."
Many expected the Cavaliers to receive a victory against the Magic. Seeing Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers guard) and James go head-to-head in the NBA Finals was something everyone was dreaming of. Even LeBron.
Everyone should have known it wasn't going to be easy for Cleveland. The Magic had a successful history against the Cavaliers, and believing that Cleveland would have "crushed" the Magic was stupid.
James refused to talk with the media after his team's poor performance, which led to a 25 thousand dollar fine by the NBA. Not talking to the media after the game wasn't a good decision by James, because that's a rule and rules shouldn't be broken. Being the face of the NBA and breaking rules wouldn't look good for James. Keeping a good image should be important.
The only reason it took David Stern (NBA commissioner) so long to fine James was because he's "King" James. If it was Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks general manager) Stern would have fined him the next day. I guess this shows everyone the kind of person Stern happens to be. Just wondering when he'll be leaving; hopefully soon.
Seeing James walk off the court without shaking anyone's hand shouldn't be a big deal. Nobody looks forward to watching the players shake hands after the game, and nobody cared except the media. Magic's center, Dwight Howard, said he expected James to congratulate him, but he never said he was upset or disappointed. The Magic didn't care about James walking off the court, so why should everyone else care?
Quote from Newsday