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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/13/2011

LeBron James tells his haters: Enjoy ‘real world’


LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, um, well, er, ahem, cough cough, had to say something after being thumped by the Mavs. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)
The day after the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship over a hot mess of a Miami Heat team — using the word loosely — LeBron James is drawing criticism for an ungracious comment he made about his critics Sunday night.

The problem, he said, isn’t him, it’s them.

“At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today,” James said. “They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.

“They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.”

He didn’t help himself on Twitter, either...unless he was referring to Pat Riley in his postgame tweet.

The Greater Man upstairs know when it's my time. Right now isn't the time.less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

“He needs to learn to speak to the media,” Jalen Rose said on “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “He puts his foot in his mouth time and time again.”

“Don’t tweet at 2:30 in the morning,” Jon Barry said. “Don’t say we’re going to win five, six, seven, eight championships.”

Even Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen had a subtle dig at LBJ. ”Dallas was playing as a team,” Allen told Matt Terl. “And, once again, it shows that the team that plays the best will win. It’s not about individuals in team sports.”

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