LeBron James: Just One (Or Two) of Those Days for the King

Colin MeansCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

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As you may or may not know, LeBron James kicked off his Nike-sponsored LeBron James Skills Academy on Monday, which features some of the best high school and college players in the nation.

What you may have heard, but thanks to Nike will not see, is that King James got dunked on during a pickup game featuring college players and the King himself.

The dunker was Xavier transfer Jordan Crawford, brother of former Kentucky star Joe Crawford and a former Indiana player.  Crawford is a 6' 4" shooting guard.  James is a 6'8" small forward and arguably the best player in the world.

Michael Gilchrist, the No. 1 high school player in the class of 2011 according to Scout.com, said, “It happened, and it was bad.  That was something to see.”

There were a couple cameramen on scene, but the word is that James called over Lynn Merritt, Nike’s Basketball Senior Director, and shortly after the tapes were confiscated. 

Now all of that happened Monday.  Tuesday morning, however, LeBron had a new story brewing, once again at his expense.

A source close to Trevor Ariza, who recently committed to the Rockets, said James told Ariza that he would be staying with the Cavaliers past 2010.  A source close to James, (an interesting game this is), has said that James never told Ariza anything of the sort.

You think you’ve got it tough?  Just look at LeBron James and what he has to go through, because it takes a lot of time and energy to get dunked on and then have to get someone to confiscate the tapes for you.