Tuesday, March 29, 2011
LeBron James delayed by garage rules
By Brian Windhorst
CLEVELAND -- There was a time when LeBron James' friends and associates were welcomed throughout Quicken Loans Arena. That apparently is no longer the case.
James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat's shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers' underground parking garage.
Cavs officials said James eventually was cleared to enter the building, but several people with him were not.
The two cars then left, and James alone returned a short time later and was allowed in, officials said.
While LeBron James later made himself feel at home with his fourth triple-double of the year, the Cavaliers got the last laugh, knocking off the Heat 102-90.
Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert took to Twitter following the game saying, "Not in our garage!!"
Cavs spokesman Tad Carper said visiting NBA players are not normally given private car access to the underground garage, but exceptions are made when requests are made in advance.
James, who regularly used a driver when going to shootarounds when he was a member of the Cavs, did not have permission.
Rumors quickly spread on Cleveland-area radio stations and via Twitter that the Cavs had denied James access to the building.
Carper, however, said James was allowed in once clearance was given by security.
Brian Windhorst covers the Miami Heat for ESPN.com.