- Report: Cavs Would ‘Gladly’ Trade for Gordon Hayward This Offseason
- Report: Kyrie Irving Was ‘Strange’ and ‘Angry’ After Winning 2016 NBA Championship
- LeBron James Again Named One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People
- Charles Barkley Roasts Shaquille O’Neal for His Miserable Tenure on Cavs
- Report: Cavs Have Compiled List of Potential Suitors for J.R. Smith
- Report: There Were Weeks Where LeBron’s Agent and David Griffin ‘Drove Each Other Nuts’
- Collin Sexton Sends Special Thanks to Cavs Organization, Teammates and Fans
- LeBron James’ Former Cavs Coach Calls Him a ‘Coach Killer’
- Zion Williamson Officially Declares for 2019 NBA Draft With Epic Video
- Report: Several Executives Couldn’t Believe Cavs Thought They Were Going to Make Playoffs
DeShawn Stevenson Regrets 2008 Playoff Drama With LeBron James
- Updated: April 1, 2019
Back in 2008, the Washington Wizards and Cavs met in the playoffs for a third straight year.
During that series, the long-standing feud between Stevenson and James boiled over. A Jay-Z diss track aimed at Stevenson set off the Wizards guard. During their first-round series, Stevenson committed a flagrant foul on James which almost led to something physical. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed.
Despite their beef being firmly a thing of the past, Stevenson is talking about why he regrets his feud with James.
DeShawn Stevenson regrets his beef with LeBron James from the 2008 NBA playoffs.
"As black men, we have to be together and uplift each other. We both did the same things. Now that I look [back] as I'm older, it's like… basically, we were both making a fool of ourselves." pic.twitter.com/CnZxRhyc2e
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 29, 2019
“With all that stuff, it sucks because wherever I go, it feels like that’s what everybody reminds me about — this LeBron thing,” Stevenson said. “You know, I got my name out there with that. Like, really out there, out there. But at the end of the day, as black men, we have to be, like, together and uplift each other. We both did the same things. So, you know, now that I look [back] as I’m older, it’s like basically, we was both making a fool of ourselves.”
It’s clear that Stevenson matured over the years. Following his tenure with the Wizards, he has tried to distance himself from the dramatic feud with James.
As a member of the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011 NBA Finals, he downplayed any bad blood between the two. He also played a vital role as a defensive stopper against James in that series.
Furthermore, part of the initial beef involved Stevenson calling James overrated.
Clearly, after everything James has accomplished in his career, Stevenson understands that he was very wrong about that.