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In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James scored just eight points and the Heat lost to the Mavericks. Everyone wondered why LeBron had such an off-game. Skip Bayless argued that LeBron just doesn’t have the “superstar intangibles.” DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron just checked out of the game. Some said he gave up. Or…did he have something on his mind?
This morning, (Stephen A.) Smith said that he’s “[heard] things” through the “grapevine” of a “personal nature,” and it may or may not involve, “somebody other than the player,” and it may or may not “have a profound effect on the player,” and it has nothing to do with “the game of basketball.”
Just like last year, when rumors surfaced about Delonte West’s sexual relationship with LeBron’s mom Gloria, it appears another NBA athlete is after someone close to LeBron. Wizards forward Rashard Lewis has now been linked to LeBron’s longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson.
Stephen A. wouldn’t go so far as to link LeBron’s girlfriend to Lewis, but a Houston radio station did:
“I have a very reliable source who clubs and drinks with all of the athletes that come through Orlando. He was all over the Tiger Woods issue and knew what all happened with Tiger prior to it being released publicly. My buddy has a place in Orlando, Lake Nona to be exact, and he lives among some athletes that live there in Orlando. Needless to say he golfs, drinks, and parties with some of the best people in central Florida. So when word got to him while at the bar last night, he called me. Word got out while drinking with friends, that Rashard Lewis slept with LeBron’s girl while visiting South Beach.”
Again, rumors are rumors, but in the sports media business, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. What do you think?