|LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers attempts a layup against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during game three of the 2018 NBA finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 6. AFP-Yonhap|
By Grace Lee
LeBron James, a Cleveland Cavaliers forward, said he would turn off his social media during the NBA finals because of people's toxic comments, reports said.
And it is a good thing he did, considering the tirade that followed game one against the Golden State Warriors.
Teammate George Hill tied the game with 4.7 seconds left by making one out of two free-throws.
J.R. Smith mistakenly believed that the Cavs were one point ahead, and dribbled to the perimeter with 4.7 seconds left.
The game was even at the end of regulation time and went into overtime. The Warriors eventually won by 10 points.
After Smith's play, footage of his mistake and LeBron's angry reaction are captured.
That footage spilled into @houseofhighlights (Instagram) and other sports accounts.
@gifdsports tweeted the footage of Smith dribbling away with "CLASSIC JR SMITH LOLOLOLOL" as the caption.
"I hate that Lebron clears out with his off hand and NEVER gets called for offensive foul! TOTAL B.S." @MWollin90 also tweeted.
"If Lebron make everybody better, why Jordan Carlson, Rodney Hood, Jeff Green and JR Smith playing the worst basketball of their career?" @A__LeeFamous also tweeted.
The comments after game one appear to vindicate James' decision.
"If you're a celebrity, then you realize it's actually really bad for you," he reportedly said.?
Grace Lee is an intern.