Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Updated: January 13, 3:51 PM ET
LeBron James: Tweet not for Cavs
By Brian Windhorst
LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James was firm in his tweet Tuesday night that seemed targeted at his former owner and teammates. But when asked to explain his thoughts Wednesday, James turned evasive.
Speaking before the Heat took on the Clippers at Staples Center, where the Cavs suffered a historic 112-57 loss to the Lakers the night before, James hedged on the meaning of his missive and then even the source.
In the tweet James wrote: "Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"
It seemed that James was speaking about the Cavs, who have lost 11 in a row, and their struggles while taking a shot at team owner Dan Gilbert. Last July, in a letter to fans, Gilbert had predicted bad karma for James.
But James declined to fully explain his thoughts and then attempted to imply they weren't even his.
"It's just how I was feeling at the time," James said. "It wasn't even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out. It wasn't toward that team. It definitely wasn't a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would've played better."
The entry on James' Twitter account did not indicate it was a re-tweet from another user. James also did not fully explain the meaning behind the statement, though he did say that karma is a word and concept "I've kinda always used my whole life."
"I don't think there was intent at all," James said.
"I think everyone looks into everything I say. Everybody looks too far into it. No hit toward that organization. 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."
When asked to clarify his confusing comments, James and the questions were cut off by a member of the Heat public relations staff.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that the team has taken steps to educate players about Twitter and other forms of social media. James' teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have been users of Twitter longer than James and several other Heat players use it including Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo.
"We have [talked to players] and guys have scaled it back quite a bit," Spoelstra said. "The world has changed. Social media is a part of our world whether we want it to be or not. Every team is dealing with these type of issues."
Brian Windhorst covers the Miami Heat for ESPN.com.