Originally posted on Wizards Extreme  |  Last updated 3/20/13
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, the World Champion Miami Heat are on a historic winning streak of 23 games to date with Lebron playing, by far, the best basketball of his career. But for this week’s edition of “Paying Homage”, we’re going to visit a much younger Lebron James to remind the Washington Wizards fans why they are supposed to hate Lebron James with a passion. It’s game six of the first round of the 2006 NBA Playoffs. Cleveland leads the series 3-2, so it’s win-or-go-home. The Verizon Center is packed with fans in white and blue. Gilbert Arenas is having the performance of his life, sinking a 31-foot three pointer to send the game into Overtime. The Wizards end up with the ball holding a slim lead of one point with 15 seconds to play. The Cavaliers have to foul Mr. Dagger, himself, Gilbert Arenas. He gets another opportunity to be the hero. First shot: Short. Second Shot: Long. The Cavaliers end up winning the game and sealing the series off of a Damon Jones jumper. But the most curious thing from the last 15 seconds of play was a 22-year-old Lebron James coming up to Gilbert Arenas and saying something between the free-throws. It appeared as if while Lebron was talking, Gilbert was trying to ignore him, staring forward instead of giving him any attention. But once Lebron finished and patted Gilbert on the chest, Gilbert seemed to give the tiniest head nod—and that would be the end of the Wizards’ playoff run. It was said by both Lebron and Gilbert after the game that Lebron told him something close to the following: “You miss both of these free throws and ya’ll are going home.” Maybe it’s karma that Lebron was criticized for his lack of closing games for so long prior to last year’s NBA finals. What is for sure, however, is that this was the beginning of a “Hate Lebron” attitude in D.C. that eventually died down once the big three (Gilbert, Caron, Antawn) were blown up and shipped off. But this should serve a reminder for all you “Wizards” fans: when you put on your Miami Heat hat that sits next to your RGIII jersey in your Arlington, Virginia apartment, just remember the pain that Lebron has caused to your franchise. His importance in the Heat’s winning streak is impressive, but the Wizards’ lack of playoff basketball streak is more depressing.    
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