LeBron James: 'Karma' Tweet Not Directed at Cavs
When asked to clarify his tweet before the Miami Heat's game Wednesday against the Clippers, James denied the message was directed at the struggling Cavs -- and even suggested it wasn't his words.
"It was 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."
His original message didn't appear to be a "re-tweet," so it's unclear what James meant by saying it wasn't his comment. Either way, James denies it was intended for the Cavs.
"It wasn't towards that team," James said. "It definitely wasn't a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would have played better, but nothing towards them."
He later added, "It wasn't no hit at that franchise, no hit at that team, especially those players at all. 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."
FanHouse's Elie Seckbach recorded James' pregame comments to reporters:
This is the second time in three weeks that James has come under fire for controversial comments, only later to claim that he was misunderstood.
In late December, James told reporters the NBA was "watered down" and said "it would be great for the league" if players on struggling teams were placed on winning teams. After being criticized for endorsing contraction -- and thus aligning him with the league's owners as they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the players' association -- James denied even knowing what the word "contraction" meant.
"Everyone looks into everything that I say," he said Wednesday. "Everybody looked too far into it."
James may never say who inspired his tweet, but at least he knows what the word "karma" means, telling reporters it's a concept he's believed in his entire life.
"Where I come from and my background I've always kind of used that to not take things for granted ever," he said. "We all know how strong of a word it is."
Whether it was karma or coincidence, the Heat lost to the Clippers 111-105 on Wednesday, snapping a nine-game winning streak and a 13-game road winning streak.