Adds insult to injury
James tweaks Cavs
He denies anger behind message
CLEVELAND — LeBron James has tweaked Dan Gilbert — and the Cavaliers owner’s miserable NBA team — with a pointed tweet.
As James’s former teammates were absorbing a 55-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, the player fired off a message on his Twitter account that seemed to be directed at Gilbert.
James wrote: “Crazy. Karma is a b----. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!’’
“It was just how I was feeling at the time,’’ James said last night before the Miami Heat played the Los Angeles Clippers. “It wasn’t even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out.’’
In July, after James announced he was leaving for Miami, Gilbert wrote a scathing letter to Cleveland fans questioning the two-time MVP’s character and predicting he would take Cleveland’s curse with him “down south . . . James will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.’’
The 112-57 loss to the Lakers was the Cavaliers’ 11th straight and their most lopsided since joining the league in 1970.
“It wasn’t towards that team,’’ James said, without ever mentioning the Cavaliers by name. “It definitely wasn’t a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would have played better, but nothing towards them.’’
James and Gilbert have been at odds since the summer, when the superstar decided to join forces in Miami with fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Gilbert has accused James of quitting in the playoffs the past two seasons.
And while both insist they’ve moved on, James’s tweet seems to show he has lingering bitterness toward Gilbert.
However, James denied that was the case.
“It wasn’t no hit at that franchise, no hit at that team, especially those players at all,’’ he said. “I’ve moved on and hopefully that organization is continuing to move on, but I’m happy where I am as a Miami Heat player.’’
James’s social network message was poorly received in Cleveland, where fans still feel betrayed by him spurning them. It’s bad enough the Cavaliers are struggling, but James decided to kick them when they’re down.
James said he’s used the word karma throughout his life.
“Where I come from and my background I’ve always kind of used that to not take things for granted ever,’’ he said. “We all know how strong of a word it is.’’
AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report.