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LeBron James, Not Karma, Responsible For Cleveland Cavaliers Collapse

Dan BartemusCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2011

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In the simplest of terms, karma is defined as inevitable emanations- good or bad- felt to be generated by someone or something.

During the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' historically inept showing in a 112-57 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the franchise's former poster boy, LeBron James, tweeted that the defeat occurred thanks to bad karma built up by Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert for spitting venom at James after he ditched Cleveland for South Beach.

"Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything," James said.

James' use of the word karma is interesting to me on so many different levels.

Let's start with the fact that karma had absolutely nothing to do with why Cleveland got blasted by 55 Tuesday night. That happened because the 8-30 Cavs are a terrible team playing on the road against the NBA 's two-time defending champions. 

They are terrible because they're missing three of their top six players in Daniel Gibson, Anderson Varejao, and Anthony Parker. Terrible because Gibson, Varejao, and Parker are three of their top six players to begin with. But most of all, Cleveland stinks because James is in Miami and they were doomed to this slow death the second he announced he was leaving.

James could have tweeted what he said last night back in July in response to Gilbert's reprimand. We all knew this was coming, so do you think last night's beatdown really made matters worse for Gilbert? You've already hit rock bottom when you own the team that has the league's worst record just months after losing the biggest superstar in the city's history.

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What about the tweet itself? It's pretty clear that, while he doesn't come out and say it, LeBron is getting a kick out of just how low the Cavs have sunk. Is there a difference between wishing bad on people and getting enjoyment out of watching the hopeless suffer and squirm?

Hardly. It looks like James is bringing bad karma to himself by tweeting about someone else being a victim of it and he doesn't even realize.

That isn't surprising because he has had his blinders on since the start of this episode, which brings me to my next point. If karma really had anything to do with Cleveland's predicament, wouldn't we have seen the karmic reaction strike James first? After all, it was him that embarrassed the Cavaliers organization this summer by dragging it through his long awaited free agency, and ended it by going on an ESPN hour-long special to announce to the masses that he would be leaving for greener pastures.

It wasn't wrong of James to leave, that's his right, but it was wrong to handle it so heartlessly and arrogantly. That escapade caused Gilbert to lash out the way he did, and since LeBron still to this day believes he did nothing wrong throughout the process, he continues to view himself as the only victim of the situation. 

The truth is that James was wrong, and his actions and motives created a monster in Gilbert. If karma was punishing anyone right now it would be The King, but since his play is a big reason the Miami Heat are 30-9 and 19-1 in the past 20 games, I'm pretty sure karma has nothing to do with anything here.

Lastly, and forgive me for getting into religion, but James' use of the word karma doesn't really fit. He says that karma is a (expletive) because God sees everything. What God is he talking about? Karma has become such a popular and overused term that what often gets overlooked is that it's a primary concept used in Buddhism and Hinduism.

James' life has been exposed to the public since his junior year of high school and, based on what we know, he is not a practicing Buddhist or Hindu. That means his God- whether it be Jesus Christ, Allah, or Abraham- doesn't believe in or use karma to punish followers, making it a false and somewhat ignorant use of the word.

It wouldn't be as ignorant if he just said "Karma is a (expletive)" and ended it there because, again, everyone feels the need to reference karma these days regardless of religious beliefs. Since he coupled that with "God sees everything," he must believe his God is punishing Gilbert with bad karma, which doesn't make sense in this case.

Karma has nothing to do with why the Cavaliers are suffering. That's all on LeBron, and if anyone should be worried about future chastening for past transgressions, it's him.

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