View Full Version : Down goes LeBron...DOWN GOES LEBRON!!!

12-30-2004, 03:11 AM
At the elbows of Deke...

"A hood pulled over his aching head, LeBron James staggered back into Gund Arena looking like a beaten boxer.

Cleveland's star forward got flattened by an errant elbow from Houston's Dikembe Mutombo in the first half and the Rockets went on to a 98-87 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

"I never saw him," Mutombo said. "The next thing I know, boom, he was laying on the floor. I hope it's not too bad."

James bruised a bone near his left eye. He was moving across the lane when he was accidentally leveled by Mutombo, whose elbows have dropped more than a few NBA players over the years.

"I warned him before the game to watch out," said Cavaliers guard Eric Snow, who played with Mutombo in Philadelphia. "I've seen him take out teammates and opponents. Those things are dangerous."

James was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for X-rays and a CT scan. He was not available for comment after returning from the hospital. The team said it will have test results and an update on his condition Thursday."

LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=241229005

I once heard a great quote, though I don't remember who from. It went, "If Mutombo put razor blades on his elbows, he'd be arrested for the use of lethal weapons."

If you've ever watched Deke play, you know. They swings his elbows around like an ant uses it's feelers...He's all elbows...

12-30-2004, 07:39 AM
I just hope it's not serious, Lebron is getting better and better and clearly has no ceiling. I hope this is nothing more then a minor setback.

12-30-2004, 03:09 PM
"James fractured his left cheekbone and got a mild concussion after he was accidentally elbowed by Houston center Dikembe Mutombo in the second quarter of the Rockets' 98-87 victory Wednesday night."

LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1955874

Zona Dave
12-30-2004, 03:37 PM
Just because Mutombo's career has spiraled into "Bolivian" (as Iron Mike would say) doesn't mean that he need's to start taking people with him.. You could tell LJ was not fakin'. He was woosy as he went off the court.

12-30-2004, 03:43 PM
I don't think he even saw James. They went for a loose ball, Deke led with an elbow (as always) and booya (as Stu Scott would say)...

If anything, for at least this case, LeBron was they one that had the bad angle and still dove after the ball. I think the whole thing was incidental, otherwise the League would have blacklisted Deke (ala Kermit Washington) for the beatdown he laid on the League's new Golden-Child...

12-30-2004, 07:04 PM
Nice of Dikembe to throw a birthday bash for Lebron.

12-31-2004, 03:27 AM
ESPN Research

Dikembe Mutombo honored LeBron James with a surprise birthday bash in Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

In his last game as a teenager -- James turned 20 Thursday -- he went 0-5 from the floor with three points and five assists in 17 minutes. Despite the minimal output, James has a comfortable lead as the teenager with the most points, rebounds, assists, and steals in NBA history.

Then, James was accidentally elbowed in the face by Mutombo late in the first half. James underwent a CT scan Thursday that revealed a broken left cheekbone. Once the swelling in his face goes down, James will be fitted with a protective mask that he'll have to wear during games until the fracture is fully healed. The Cavaliers don't play again until Monday at Charlotte.

Meanwhile, Dikembe Mutombo's elbows have done a lot of damage over the years. Left in his wake were 25 affected players, five broken noses, 20 stitches. The log:

April 20, 2004: Kenyon Martin, hit in the eye and retaliated by clubbing Mutombo across the arm. Received a technical foul
March 31, 2003: Yao Ming, hit in the throat. Mutombo assessed flagrant foul
Feb. 4, 2002: Vince Carter, hit in the gut
May 16, 2001: Vince Carter, hit in the head. Carter did not return to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs
May 6, 2001: Chris Childs, broken nose
Feb. 26, 2001: Ray Allen, broken nose
Jan. 13, 2001: Corey Maggette, eye trauma
Dec. 28, 2000: Chauncey Billups, hit in the mouth, four stitches, fractured front tooth
Feb. 6, 1999: Jayson Williams, broken nose
May 4, 1999: Mark Strickland, broken nose
May 8, 1999: Lindsey Hunter, left eye
May 8, 1999: Christian Laettner, cut on face
April 9, 1999: Chris Childs, lost a tooth; Marcus Camby, shot to throat; Larry Johnson, hit in the head; Patrick Ewing, hit in the head
March 4, 1999: Kevin Willis, injured shoulder. Missed several games
May 6, 1997: Dennis Rodman, retaliated and ejected with second technical foul
April 12, 1997: Tom Gugliotta, broken nose
Jan. 30, 1997: Antoine Carr, knocked senseless
Jan. 4, 1997: Charles Oakley, four stitches to the lip
Oct. 22, 1996: Michael Jordan, bloodied nose (preseason game)
April 10, 1994: Robert Horry, hit in the head, fell to the floor
Dec. 30, 1993: Chris Webber; Mutombo later ejected for taunting Chris Gatling
Dec. 28, 1991: Robert Parish, hit the floor
Nov. 29, 1991: Ricky Pierce, 12 stitches in forehead

12-31-2004, 04:21 AM
That April 9, 1999 game had me laughing in spite of my better judgment. Dikembe's elbow machine must have been accidentally set into overdrive that game to injure FOUR Knicks...wonder if that feature will be included with him on EA Sports' NBA 2005?

Deke sure must have some kind of hard-on for Chris Childs and Vince Carter, though...would HATE to be those guys. :lol:

12-31-2004, 04:24 AM
He just leads with his elbows. Before the mid-90's this was permissable...now, not so much. I've seen at least five of those games and several other highlights. I don't think he does it on purpose...it's just when you have no time to think about it, ya revert to form and his form is elbows out...and heads up!!!