LOS ANGELES — LeBron James certainly is taking to his new villain role well.
During the fourth quarter of his former team’s historically poor showing against the Lakers on Tuesday night, James apparently used his Twitter account to send a message to the struggling Cavs.
“Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!” James wrote while in Los Angeles with the Heat for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers. The account is verified by Twitter. The Cavs lost 112-57 to the Lakers, the fewest points the Cavs have ever scored in a game and the fewest the Lakers have allowed in the shot clock era. It was the Cavs’ 11th consecutive loss.
Sunday night after the Heat’s ninth straight win in Portland, James encouraged fans to boo him during his 44-point performance. After the game, he said, “I’ve kind of accepted this villain role everyone has placed on me. I’m OK with it.”
James’ feelings about his former team have mostly been aimed at owner Dan Gilbert. After James signed with the Heat in July, Gilbert wrote a scathing letter questioning James’ character. In a series of interviews since, Gilbert has implied that James quit during the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. The Cavs, who are an NBA-worst 8-30, have been hammered by injuries during their losing streak. The team learned earlier this week that Anderson Varejao was lost for the season because of a foot injury, and has been without Daniel Gibson and Anthony Parker. On Tuesday, the Cavs’ starters combined to score just 23 points.
“It can’t be any worse than this. If it is, someone will have to help me because I don’t know how much of this I can take,” said Antawn Jamison, who had six points. “This by far is rock-bottom. It’s definitely by far one of the most embarrassing moments that I’ve been a part of as far as basketball.”
The Cavs thought they would have just nine players for Tuesday’s game before rookie Christian Eyenga was able to return from an ankle injury. But Eyenga reinjured the ankle later in the game. The Cavs and Heat have both been in Los Angeles since Sunday night and will remain in town Wednesday. The Cavs changed their standard practice and are not staying at the hotel where most NBA teams, including the Heat presently, stay. Cavs officials said the decision was made months ago.