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DeShawn Says LeBron Is 'Overrated'

Mar 14, 2008 – 1:00 PM
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Brett Pollakoff

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For those of you that don't follow the NBA that closely, that would be the Wizards' DeShawn Stevenson.

Players are known to trash talk each other during the game, but usually afterwards they calm down a bit and talk about how they were just competing, they respect their opponent, etc. This wasn't the case after a game in which DeShawn played excellent defense on LeBron James, including taking a charge from the King with 19 seconds remaining.

Stevenson stated during post-game interviews that he felt he had to talk trash and try to get under LeBron's skin, and that the way the Cavs have handled the Wizards recently, that they need to take them more seriously. Nothing too inflammatory there, but on his way out of the building he let us know how he really feels:

When he was leaving the building, Mike Lee was chatting him up and mentioned LeBron again. DeShawn has obviously heard enough of that.

"He's overrated," DeShawn told Mike. "And you can say I said that."

Overrated? No, definitely not. But there is something to be said for not being afraid to get under another player's skin as a defensive tactic, especially a player as good as LeBron. It seemed to work last night, especially in the fourth quarter. James made only one field goal, and shot just 1-5 in the period, with four of the missed shots coming off of three-point attempts. That's clearly the sign of a player who would rather not deal with his defender, so on this night, DeShawn's bravado paid off. Of course, there's always the possibility that LeBron's mind was simply on other things.

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