As LeBron James noted, his detractors “have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today.” And so, to console myself from this life I have, I will extend my personal Schadenfruede at least one more day.
And thus, more developments:
* Missed this Monday, but DeShawn Stevenson managed to take another shot at LeBron during the celebraiton.
“It makes me feel good, man, to beat him, to beat that Miami team,” Stevenson told ESPNDallas.com. “The way they act, the way they treated Dirk [Nowitzki], all the things that they said were very classless. To win on the court the way we did it, it was wonderful.”
“I think we did it with class,” Stevenson also said, as if there’s any other way for DeShawn Stevenson to do things. “They tried all kind of different things and made fun of us and were on the go-karts laughing after Game 1, like they already won the championship. To beat them on their court, it feels good.”
* Brendan Haywood was once a LeBron needler, but when he was asked about the James disappearance on the Doug Gottlieb Show, he seemed more contemplative.
“Hmmm, I don’t know man,” Haywood said. “That’s probably a better question for LeBron James. That’s the question that everybody wants to know. I don’t know what happened to him, but I’m glad that he hasn’t played at the level that I’m used to seeing him at, because that helped this team win.”
* The people of Cleveland — who once threw darts at the Washington haters — are now actually throwing out their respect to Washingtonians, who they now acknowledge were on the right side of history. This is from Andy Baskins’s blog for the local ABC affiliate.
Outside of Cleveland, watching James fail became a sport. It started in places like Washington and Boston when James was still with the Cavs. Maybe those teams should get a piece of the happiness pie, specifically former Washington Wizards and current Mavs Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson, who can flash a ring at James after years of misery in the nation’s capital. They found titles in Dallas after watching James whine and cry at every foul for seven years in Cleveland.
I’m pretty sure many Washingtonians have found their own slice of happiness pie. Just watch Michael Jenkins, above.