Personally, I found this to be absolutely wonderful, albeit in an absurd way. According to numerous eyewitnesses, the fan made a comment to the effect of “is your mom going to see Delonte on Valentine’s day?” (a reference to a rumored affair between the two). LeBron cautioned the guy to be respectful.
Pretty sure guys like Larry Bird and Gary Payton would have handled it exactly the same way.
Trust me, I try really hard to avoid going off on one of those ” this wouldn’t have happened back in the day” speeches. Seems like I’m tempted on a daily basis, more or less.
On the bright side, I’m pretty sure david stern likes the new-age method of player/fan interaction a whole lot more than the old way of doing things, but it doesnt do a whole lot for James’ street cred, if in fact such a thing even exists anymore.
-John Hathwell still has Fat lever’s 1983 Rookie card. No, you can’t buy it.