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    LeBron James leans against a waist-high stone wall with a 16-foot-tall Buddha hovering over him.
    He's at Tao, a bustling restaurant and nightclub inside the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, and his arms are crossed as he listens to Lynn Meritt, senior director of Nike Basketball, and Charles Denson, president of Nike Brand.James is quiet, occasionally applying Chap Stick on his lips and nodding when he hears something he likes.

    Five security guards are stationed around him, one at each corner of the table he's about to sit at and another roving around with him, watching his every move. Anyone who takes two steps toward James is stopped and must have James' approval to come closer.

    The waiter bringing him his cup of green tea with a spoonful of honey and a dash of lemon juice makes the cut, as does the scantily clad brunette with a tattoo of a heart on her right shoulder.

    She wants to take a picture with him. "I can't right now," says James. "Maybe later, upstairs, I'll remember you're the one with the tattoo."

    James will host a party later in the upstairs nightclub at Tao, but he is currently hosting a dinner for his friends and family in the downstairs restaurant. Wearing a gray striped shirt and gold crucifix around his neck, he bobs his head to music played by an amped-up saxophonist who weaves his way around the table like a one-man mariachi band.

    I have somehow found myself at this exclusive table, seated beside Eddie Jackson, who is introduced to me as James' father (though he actually began dating James' mother, Gloria, after LeBron was born and the two are no longer together). Jackson, wearing a muscle shirt accentuating his large biceps, looks like a member of James' four-man entourage, like one of his childhood friends.

    James' circle includes Randy Mims, seated to his right at the center of the table, Maverick Carter, seated at the head of the table, and Richard Paul, seated in front of James. The quartet makes up the initials behind LRMR Marketing, the management firm James founded almost four years ago with his buddies. Their offices in downtown Cleveland gained notoriety this month as the location teams flocked to for their meetings with James.

    LeBron James partied at Tao last weekend, complete with a kings' cake and an entourage to make heads of state jealous.

    Seated to the right of James is Chris Paul, whose brother, C.J., is seated across from him. The New Orleans Hornets point guard has seen how James has positioned himself to win a championship by signing with the Miami Heat and joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and has reportedly considered a similar move himself.

    The truth is, in James' dream world, the duo he would love to play with for the next decade would be Wade and Paul, his two closest friends in the NBA. Paul has been like a brother to James since the two were in Las Vegas four years ago for USA Basketball training camp, when as a rookie he carried James' and Wade's bags to and from the team bus.

    James and Paul are fairly quiet at the center of the table as they take in the scene around them. As family style plates of miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and crispy lobster and shrimp dumplings are brought to the table, James effortlessly picks up the food with his chopsticks and occasionally raises his cup of green tea to passersby as they raise their martinis and mojitos in his direction before being helped along by security guards.

    When trays of dessert plates are brought over, James gets up, preferring to start his party upstairs instead of indulging in the giant fortune cookies and chocolate cake. A security guard comes over and puts plastic wristbands on our wrists and escorts us through the back of the restaurant, up a flight of stairs in the bowels of the hotel and through a back entrance into the club. About a dozen security guards, moving their flash lights, direct us to a roped off section on the dance floor of Tao next to a couple of apparently nude women in a bathtub full of water and rose petals.

    James, now wearing sunglasses in the dark club, immediately stands up on the couch and folds his arms high on his chest and nods his head. He smiles as he looks at the dozens of people crowded on the dance floor. Noticing him, they stop dancing and snap pictures as the DJ screams out, "LeBron James in the building!" and plays ****'s "I'm in Miami."

    Carter, LeBron's childhood friend and manager, begins dancing around James like Puff Daddy in a Notorious B.I.G video. A giant red crown-shaped cake is brought over to James while go-go dancers dressed in skimpy red and black outfits raise four lettered placards that spell out, "KING." Carter grabs a bottle of Grey Goose and pours a quarter of it on the floor and raises it up before passing it off.

    James' infamous one-hour special, "The Decision," was reportedly the brainchild of Carter, a 28-year-old who has never managed anyone outside of his friend James. This three-day party marathon in Vegas (which James is being paid six figures to host) is also Carter's idea.

    Bottle after bottle of "Ace of Spades" champagne is delivered to the table by a waiter flying down from above the dance floor like some overgrown Peter Pan on a wire. One time he's dressed like a King, another time as Indiana Jones and another in a replica of James' No. 6 Miami Heat jersey.

    James, who can hardly see the flying figure through his tinted glasses, almost gets kicked in the head on the waiter's last trip down. He looks at the girls around him and says, "I wish they'd have one of these girls with no panties do that instead of the guy."

    Toward the end of the night, Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis walks past James' party and looks at the scene up and down several times like a painting in a museum, soaking in the images of the go-go dancers, the "King" sign and the costumed man delivering bottles of champagne.

    Davis shakes his head and walks on.

    James dances on the couch and sings along with the music blaring from speakers all around him.

    The more you hang around James, the more you realize he's still a child wrapped in a 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame. The night after the party at Tao, he and his crew walk through the casino at the Wynn and Encore and he pretends to dribble a basketball as he walks past ringing slot machines and tourists who do double-takes. In a Nike T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, James' pantomime seems unconscious. He stops every few feet to shoot a jump shot, his right hand extended above his head on the follow through. He weaves through a pack of a dozen friends and pretends to connect on a layup as he walks past a gift shop. He passes overhead casino signs and jumps up and slaps them, pretending to dunk. Columns covered with advertisements for lounge acts become stationary defenders, chumps to fake out before connecting on imaginary mid-range jump shots.

    James probably goes through a practice's worth of shots as we walk from the XS nightclub at Encore (James left his poolside table when he saw the club was practically empty), through Wynn and over the bridge to the Palazzo.

    Soon after arriving at Lavo, a restaurant and nightclub at the Palazzo, a scene straight out of "West Side Story" breaks out when James and Lamar Odom, seated at a nearby table, engage in an impromptu dance-off to California Swag District's "Teach Me How To Dougie."

    Odom, smoking a cigar, can't quite keep up. James celebrates by crossing himself and taking a shot of Patron. Moments later, a handful of girls dressed as cheerleaders walk toward his table with someone dressed in James' Heat uniform. Someone throws talcum powder in the air as James does before every game, while his new unofficial song, "I'm in Miami," plays.

    Odom casts a glance James' way before looking in the opposite direction and raising his glass at a couple on the dance floor who point to their ring fingers and smile.

    Back at his table, James and his crew sing every word to Rick Ross' "Free Mason." LeBron raps every line to former teammate Damon Jones (who played with him in Cleveland). Jones, puffing on a cigar, nods.

    James rips out the lines:

    "If I ever die, never let it be said I didn't win/
    Never, never say/
    Never say legend didn't go in/
    I just wanna die on top of the world."

    While he looks at club-goers flashing the LA and Westside signs at him, James smiles and points to Jackson's T-shirt, which reads, "Another Enemy," and raises his glass of champagne.

    Finally, Carter tells James it's time to leave the club and they do, LeBron pretending to cross-over tables and shoot over slot machines all the way back to his room.

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    FROM ROTOWORLD:

    ESPN quickly pulled a story by Arash Markazi Wednesday morning about a weekend LeBron James spent in Las Vegas recently.

    Perhaps it was the indication that Chris Paul, who was there, is tighter with LeBron than Chris Bosh ever will be. Or maybe it was the bit about "nude women in a bath tub full of water and rose petals," or LeBron making a crack about "girls with no panties." But whatever the reason, the story was pulled quickly and will likely be heavily edited before resurfacing. If you want to read the whole thing, just click on the link.
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    I DO NOT WANT CHRIS PAUL on this team. NO WAY!

    Stay the course, play the kids, and sign MELO to the max.... Then go beat-pound-humiliate these chumps.

    Hubris is never a good thing. These kids are warped by MTV. Should read a Greek tragedy (or two) to gain some sort of moral bearing.

    I think we dodged a bullet here folks. Had Lebron signed in NY, he would make AROD look like the man of steel.

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    thats right, No NY Knicks should ever go to a friends party. Mater of fact, we dont need players that's ever been to Vegas.

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    Originally Posted by reuel
    thats right, No NY Knicks should ever go to a friends party. Mater of fact, we dont need players that's ever been to Vegas.
    Forget the fact how Ewing broke my heart when I discovered he was frequenting ATL strip clubs after playoff defeats.... when it would ruin my evenings.

    I could care less if he was hanging out with harems in a persian palace.... It's just that something isn't right with this cat. Maybe it's his high school buddy acting like he's a power broker, or the fact that this crowd wants to act entitled, like they should reap the rewards of winning before they won anything.

    Or maybe it's calling himself the KING, and talking about himself in the 3rd person.

    Or maybe that his camp complained to ESPN and had them pull this story.

    All I know is Lebron James is not mentally tough. We saw it when he stormed off the court without shaking hands, when he refuses to appear before the media afterwards, or when he wouldn't even accept fault after losing this year.... Or he pawned it off to being one of 4 bad games he's ever played.

    FACT IS: this cat is not grounded on planet Earth. Not like his image has led people to believe. I guess when you live in public housing and your mom buys a hummer (instead of a house) that sort of manifests itself.

    BUt this house of cards is built on sand.

    And for Chris Paul to be such a FOLLOWER.

    These are not the type of people you go to war with.

    James would not handle NY. He wouldn;t crumble under the weight of expectations. Just sit back and watch what happens if he doesn't win this year. WATCH CLOSELY how he handles it.

    NOt that ANYTHING in this story is inherently wrong. Just something amiss with the excess of it all.

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    no doubt the King is set up for another reality check... not winning it with Miami this year is probably his fate to infuse some humility.

    Originally Posted by reuel
    thats right, No NY Knicks should ever go to a friends party. Mater of fact, we dont need players that's ever been to Vegas.
    would have to relocate the summer league, LOL... Vegas is not the issue, its knowing that you have to remain humble while you enjoy the good times because nothing is eternal.

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    Originally Posted by portega1968
    no doubt the King is set up for another reality check... not winning it with Miami this year is probably his fate to infuse some humility.



    would have to relocate the summer league, LOL... Vegas is not the issue, its knowing that you have to remain humble while you enjoy the good times because nothing is eternal.
    AMEN. Even Lebron's people don't want this out, b/c even they sense something is off here.... this is evident b/c they forced ESPN to pull the story.

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    though he might need a "reality check". I tink our sentiments would be very different if he was on our team.

    I'm 24, Lebron is 25. I read this story, and I dont think he's that much different from how my peers would act if they made $45 mill a year. how many college kids blow hundreds of dollars on drunken weekends and they make $20,000 a year?

    simply, let him live. Both he and CP3 have a great track recrd of poducing o the court. and as a basketbal fan,thats all that matters to me.

    Of course I'm rootng for the heat to lose, but if they win so be it.

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    It's not surprising to hear this about LeBron.

    But Chris Paul?

    The same Chris Paul as the one in this video?

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    Come on.

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    Originally Posted by reuel
    though he might need a "reality check". I tink our sentiments would be very different if he was on our team.

    I'm 24, Lebron is 25. I read this story, and I dont think he's that much different from how my peers would act if they made $45 mill a year. how many college kids blow hundreds of dollars on drunken weekends and they make $20,000 a year?

    simply, let him live. Both he and CP3 have a great track recrd of poducing o the court. and as a basketbal fan,thats all that matters to me.

    Of course I'm rootng for the heat to lose, but if they win so be it.
    I hear that. Especially one that has been told he's the savior since his pre-teen days, and coddled by his elders thru his formative years like he's the dalai lama. It's amazing he's sort of grounded at all.

    No doubt.

    This is why Kobe is such a freak. Because he such an introvert.

    And whether or not he ever wins a title, he's a winner in life b/c of the money he's already earned.

    If it were me, I would probably be flying the hi-life as well. If he were a Knick, I would make exception like we do for our athletes any way.... Sure.

    But you can't have your cake and eat it to. I thought Arod was image-conscious until I came across Lebron. Caling the POST begging them not to run the story on Delonte West and his mom. Complaining to ESPN to pull this story from its website. Not shaking hands with opponent or apeparing for media beating after a loss.... The King nonsense. This is the troubling aspect which foretells a nasty something-something heading LJ's way in the near future.

    Be a man. Take good with the bad.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Forget the fact how Ewing broke my heart when I discovered he was frequenting ATL strip clubs after playoff defeats.... when it would ruin my evenings.

    I could care less if he was hanging out with harems in a persian palace.... It's just that something isn't right with this cat. Maybe it's his high school buddy acting like he's a power broker, or the fact that this crowd wants to act entitled, like they should reap the rewards of winning before they won anything.

    Or maybe it's calling himself the KING, and talking about himself in the 3rd person.

    Or maybe that his camp complained to ESPN and had them pull this story.

    All I know is Lebron James is not mentally tough. We saw it when he stormed off the court without shaking hands, when he refuses to appear before the media afterwards, or when he wouldn't even accept fault after losing this year.... Or he pawned it off to being one of 4 bad games he's ever played.

    FACT IS: this cat is not grounded on planet Earth. Not like his image has led people to believe. I guess when you live in public housing and your mom buys a hummer (instead of a house) that sort of manifests itself.

    BUt this house of cards is built on sand.

    And for Chris Paul to be such a FOLLOWER.

    These are not the type of people you go to war with.

    James would not handle NY. He wouldn;t crumble under the weight of expectations. Just sit back and watch what happens if he doesn't win this year. WATCH CLOSELY how he handles it.

    NOt that ANYTHING in this story is inherently wrong. Just something amiss with the excess of it all.
    you guys are crazy. im 24, and i have played pickup games where it gets really intense, and after the game the two teams dont speak. no that we aint boys, its just that emotion gets inthe way. Compounded with being on national tv all the time. getting interviewd almost every day from he was in high school could get tiresome and annoying. so what if he declines an interview.....thats like one out of 100,000 interviews james did do.

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    Originally Posted by Toons
    you guys are crazy. im 24, and i have played pickup games where it gets really intense, and after the game the two teams dont speak. no that we aint boys, its just that emotion gets inthe way. Compounded with being on national tv all the time. getting interviewd almost every day from he was in high school could get tiresome and annoying. so what if he declines an interview.....thats like one out of 100,000 interviews james did do.
    Hear that. But you're not PAID to play basketball. Lebron James is. There are rules to abide by, and one of them is being avaibale to the media following games. When the team is ousted from the playoffs... onw up and be a man. The networks pay big bucks, and as an employee you have responsibilities. He certainly doesn't mind giving interviews after he wins.


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    Here Lebron starts of saying 'he doesn't want to make excuses' but then proceeds to excuse his play. Invoking his elbow injury.... IF you're hurt than don't play, or else keep quiet about it.

    THEN....

    And yet, after Tuesday’s ferocious failure of his professional career, the encompassing embarrassment of a 120-88 Game 5 loss to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], James dismissed his unthinkably poor performance with this colossal cop-out: “I spoil a lot of people with my play. When you have three bad games in seven years, it’s easy to point them out.”

    HUH? After a humiliating playoff series, where Lebron played poorly at times.... You just don't utter this. It's like Arod saying"I hit a lot of homers, who cares if I fail to hit a few in Oct."

    Man up.


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    ESPN quickly pulled an article off its website Wednesday that chronicled LeBron James partying in Las Vegas, opening up the network to further speculation about its relationship with a frequent subject.

    In the article, which lasted about 15 minutes on the site, James is followed inconspicuously by an ESPN reporter, who spots James drinking at nightclubs for a weekend around scantily-clad women and friends, including Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

    The article reinforces James' growing reputation as a coddled egomaniac: He surrounds himself with an entourage of yes-men, poses in front of a personalized cake designed as a crown and soaks in the attention while wearing sunglasses in a dark club.

    The cake is delivered to the club's VIP section by "four go-go dancers," the article states, who carry lettered placards that spell out "KING."

    According to ESPN representative Josh Krulewitz, the article was removed because it didn't go through the proper editorial procedure - although he couldn't outline what that was. "It varies," he said. Krulewitz also didn't know whether the article will return to the site, or whether it was nixed completely. "The story should have never been published," he said. "The draft was inadvertently put on the server."

    ESPN aired "The Decision" on July 9, benefitting from a ratings boost for the hour-long special. ESPN catered to all of James' demands for the show - he chose the location, the time and the interviewer. Not only did ESPN concede creative control for an exclusive, but it gave up the advertising revenue. "A damaging impact on our reputation as journalists." Vince Doria, ESPN senior VP and director of news, said in an ESPN.com article that admitted its mistake. "You can't justify paying for news. There are no excuses here. The hope is that we learned something from this, that we won't repeat the error, and that we can restore any lost confidence in our ability to objectively report and present the news."


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    'Nuff said. NO mater how much money or fame I had, no way would pulling a stunt like this even cross my mind.

    Alexander the Great was a King. Lebron James is a basektball player. Forget being humble, just realize the difference between conquering and ruling people and making free throws.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    ESPN quickly pulled an article off its website Wednesday that chronicled LeBron James partying in Las Vegas, opening up the network to further speculation about its relationship with a frequent subject.


    In the article, which lasted about 15 minutes on the site, James is followed inconspicuously by an ESPN reporter, who spots James drinking at nightclubs for a weekend around scantily-clad women and friends, including Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

    The article reinforces James' growing reputation as a coddled egomaniac: He surrounds himself with an entourage of yes-men, poses in front of a personalized cake designed as a crown and soaks in the attention while wearing sunglasses in a dark club.

    The cake is delivered to the club's VIP section by "four go-go dancers," the article states, who carry lettered placards that spell out "KING."

    According to ESPN representative Josh Krulewitz, the article was removed because it didn't go through the proper editorial procedure - although he couldn't outline what that was. "It varies," he said. Krulewitz also didn't know whether the article will return to the site, or whether it was nixed completely. "The story should have never been published," he said. "The draft was inadvertently put on the server."

    ESPN aired "The Decision" on July 9, benefitting from a ratings boost for the hour-long special. ESPN catered to all of James' demands for the show - he chose the location, the time and the interviewer. Not only did ESPN concede creative control for an exclusive, but it gave up the advertising revenue. "A damaging impact on our reputation as journalists." Vince Doria, ESPN senior VP and director of news, said in an ESPN.com article that admitted its mistake. "You can't justify paying for news. There are no excuses here. The hope is that we learned something from this, that we won't repeat the error, and that we can restore any lost confidence in our ability to objectively report and present the news."


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    'Nuff said. NO mater how much money or fame I had, no way would pulling a stunt like this even cross my mind.


    Alexander the Great was a King. Lebron James is a basektball player. Forget being humble, just realize the difference between conquering and ruling people and making free throws.
    Kobe should have walked in with all his rings and showed him the true meaning of KING.

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    It's just a 25 year old rippin it up with his buds...

    I'd be doin the same thing...Vegas, Money, Youth, Stardom...

    Hey! give the guy credit, (Green Tea with Honey and Lemon???)

    I'd be slurpin Jack Daniels out of women's belly buttons...

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    Originally Posted by gmpknick
    I'd be slurpin Jack Daniels out of women's belly buttons...
    lol.

    Lebron bashng is so popular right now. if you did it a month ago it would be blasphemy. smh

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