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DeShawn Calls Out LeBron Again, and Again

DeShawn, bidding for cult hero status. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

I went on a podcast this week saying I just don't want to go back to Cleveland for Part III of this playoff rivalry, because it's kind of played-out, but now I've officially changed my mind. Also, DeShawn Stevenson has officially gone off his rocker. Here are some people you don't repeatedly call out: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Kimbo Slice, LeBron James. But DeShawn never got that memo. From the Wiz Insider:

Remember, after Stevenson called James "overrated" following a game between the teams last Thursday, James responded by saying he is above such mess because that would be like his hero, Jay-Z, lowering himself to respond to the rapper, Soulja Boy. So, in one neat quote, James dissed Stevenson and Soulja Boy. Well, Stevenson is embracing the Soulja Boy role.

"I hope we play Cleveland," Stevenson said. "I'm going to get Soulja Boy courtside seats and have him wear a DeShawn Stevenson jersey. Maybe (James) can have Jay-Z there since LeBron's all on his (shorts) anyway."

Stevenson wasn't done. "And tell LeBron to cut that beard off and stop copying me."

I mean, it's great for fans, and even greater for reporters, and nirvana for bloggers, but couldn't he start a beef with, say, Sasha Pavlovic instead? Why's it gotta be LeBron? AndWhy, exactly, has DeShawn gone certifiable in recent days? The previous Wiz Insider post has more:

Apparently, James said something about DeShawn to former Cav Drew Gooden, who recently related that information to DeShawn. He didn't appreciate it.

"We're all in the same profession," Stevenson said. "We don't need to talk bad about one another. So, that's how it happened. I was ticked off and that's why I said something to him at tip-off. So, it goes back further than people think."

I asked DeShawn if what James said was basketball-related or personal and he said: "It was both. I won't say what he said. I said something back and we'll leave it at that."

Maybe James, who wears a beard, is jealous of the one Stevenson is growing? Stevenson with a laugh: "I don't know what he's jealous of. He makes more money than me that's for sure."

So let's see, the Wiz are a half-game behind Toronto, but have a game in hand and won the season series with the Raptors. Which means one more win and the current playoff matchups would actually have us all getting on a plane and heading back to northeastern Ohio. This might be the first year of my life I'd look forward more to the NBA playoffs than to day one of the NCAA tourney.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 20, 2008; 7:54 AM ET
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