In game one of this year’s NBA finals, with 7:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lebron James waves down head coach Eric Spoelstra asking to be subbed out. A short rest later and a 10-4 San Antonio run, James returned to the game with 4:33 left in the fourth. Dominantly, James then ran to the rim for a lay-up. Before James could return to play defense his legs locked up and he was immobilized. The heat fouled then carried James off the court. With Miami’s top player out, the Spurs took over and dominated the rest of the game.
Adding insult to injury, sceptics and haters took to Twitter to tell the world about Lebron James’ shortcomings. Here are some of the most misplaced and uninformed comments from twitter.
“LeBron gets cramps and can't play bc it's 88 degrees in the arena, but baseball and softball payers play in 95+ temperatures all the time”
“According to a recent study, a twelve year old could beat Lebron James in a one on one pickup game on a 90 degree summer day.”
Yes, continue to tell me how one of the best conditioned athletes in the world can’t compete with twelve year olds and softball players.
“Gregory Campbell finishes his shift with a broken leg and Lebron James can't play because of cramps #TakeALapBud”
7. Rob Fee @robfee
“Other reasons Lebron's left games besides cramps:
A little too healthy
To pet a dog
Remembered the end of My Girl”
Riddle me this; how many postseason games has Lebron James missed? Questioning James’ toughness and durability is a testament of your own delusions.
6. Dan Le Batard Show @LeBatardShow
“Miami wins by 15 if Chalmers gets the cramps”
5. Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless
“There is NO WAY the Spurs play this poorly in Sunday night's Game 2 -- I don't care if LeCramp plays all 48 minutes.”
Dan Le Batard just has to show that even Heat fanatics can misjudge cramp-gate. Like Skip, Le Batard fails to acknowledge the incredible game the Spurs played, shooting over 58% against one of the best playoff defenses in the league.
5. Johnathan Martin @J_Martin71
“With that said … C’mon bruh. Drink a Gatorade and get out there.”
Johnathan Martin’s tweet beautifully articulates irony and lack of awareness. Gatorade wasn’t going to fix what happened to James last night. The Spurs played well and James’ muscles failed.
4. Prince Amukamara @PrinceAmukamara
"Hopefully Lebron switches to @Gatorade #electrolytes #refuel."
3. Gatorade @Gatorade
“The person cramping wasn't our client. Our athletes can take the heat.”
2. Gatorade @Gatorade
“we were waiting on the sidelines, but he prefers to drink something else.”
1. Gatorade @Gatorade
“With a game this hot, we're right at home. #WinFromWithin #NBAFinals”
The last four are grouped together because they all fail to recognize Gatorade is the NBA’s official beverage. Gatorade is the only hydration any NBA player can drink during a game. Perhaps if James had his sports drink of choice he may not have cramped?
Check tomorrow for the 10 Best Lebron Cramp Tweets.
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