LeBron James: We Were All Witnesses

rachelCorrespondent IJune 1, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers sits on the court after being fouled by the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

I had no idea that LeBron would end his season on such a sour note.  I'm not talking about the way LeBron and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten in game six by the Orlando Magic.  I'm talking about LeBron James not shaking the Orlando Magic's hands and skipping the press conference. 

He was such a willing participant when it came to post game interviews and the fans joining in on his chalk powder throwing into the air.  He accepted on court interviews after making game winning shots and sweeping teams in the earlier rounds. 

What a display of poor sportsmanship by LeBron James.  This reminded me all too much of Isiah Thomas not congratulating Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls when the Pistons were swept in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals by the mighty Bulls.  We know how that turned out for Isiah, he was conveniently left off of the original Dream Team.

No one likes a sore loser.  Is this what we are supposed to be a witness to?  Well, maybe you can say LeBron was too devastated to shake hands with the Magic.  After working so hard and getting his team the best record in NBA it was just too much for him.  I don't buy that, all athletes work hard and know that losing is a possibility. 

LeBron had plenty of time to get over the shock of losing.  The game was over more than half way through the fourth quarter.  A day after the shock of losing LeBron stuck to his guns and said he's a competitor and sees no reason to shake hands with the other team after losing. 

LeBron has been playing sports since he was a little boy, and he knows that regardless of losing you shake your opponents hand.  If he can be around for chalk powder throwing, game winning shots and sweeping teams in the early rounds he can be gracious enough to congratulate the other team and attend press conferences even when he loses.  I will no longer be a witness.

Come on LeBron, you're better than that, aren't you?