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Cleveland Still Loves DeShawn

Still in their heads. (By Preston Keres - TWP)

You know how the home crowd in the Verizon Center is often too quiet? And how the desperate scoreboard operators thus fill their screen with images sure to provoke hate, such as the Cowboys logo or pictures of Duke players? Especially when the visiting team is on the free-throw line?

Well, they do the same thing in Cleveland. During Game 5 of this year's playoff series, for example, The Q game ops people put up the Yankees logo, causing involuntary booing noises to pour out of the mouths of Clevelanders.

So now it's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semis, and the Celtics are on the line, and whose face shows up on the big screen? Yes, he whose face cannot be felt, the one and only DeShawn Stevenson. I'm telling you, his marketing manager deserves a raise.

SI's Jack McCallum may be an NBA Insider, but he could not possibly be more incorrect when he wrote this: "After the Cavs' series-clinching Game 6 win, after Stevenson had been returned to the NBA obscurity he so richly deserves and Arenas sent back to his blog...." Sorry Jack, but DeShawn is never again heading back to obscurity. Not when Cleveland fans are booing him during a series against the Celtics.

Elsewhere in DeShawn:

* Celtics fans took up the "overrated" chant at LeBron earlier in this series, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer credited DeShawn with the inspiration.

* This video (after the jump, via StetSports) is so amazing for so many reasons, but chief among them was DeShawn citing the number 23 in touting himself and Caron Butler. I get that DeShawn wears 2, and that Caron wears 3, but DeShawn Stevenson, praising the power of 23? Seems a little off, no?

The DJ, EZ Street, is the same guy credited with launching the pro-DeShawn diss track onto local airwaves. And here's your bad language warning.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2008; 5:01 PM ET
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This whole DeShawn thing couldn't get any better.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Whew . . . . Actually Wizards gossip. I was going through withdrawal. Bless you.

Posted by: Nancy | May 12, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

wrong - deshawn will be a zero forever - kinda like you. just know that cleveland owns the wizards and always will. accept it...embrace it

Posted by: dc | May 12, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Damn Steinz, you're a zero.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | May 13, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

So, Whiz are you enjoying your offseason? I'm sure those crybaby shirts are getting alot of use now as diapers, hankies, and shop rags since they are worthless now. Pretty sad that we ended your season for the 3rd straight year! Enjoy your Nationals and Deadskins. We've got Indians and Browns playoff runs to look forward to!

Posted by: LBJ Pwns DC | May 13, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

haha isn't it strange that three of the first five posts are by cleveland fans? I guess you can't talk much trash to celtics fans can you because you know they have home court advantage and that's all that matters for boston...

forever wiz faithful

Posted by: Lenny | May 13, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Ohio. The state that sounds like a yawn.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 13, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

ahh, attacks on a state and actually trying to talk smack about a 2-2 series...really? wow. sad.

wizards < cavs.....always...embrace it

Posted by: dc | May 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Celtics in 7.

I must be Lebron James if he's Jordan
No, I want rings for my performance


Posted by: honey | May 14, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I love the trash talk from Cleveland fans??? No let me Re Phrase that. I love the trash talk from Lebron James Bandwagon fans. None of you probably even new basketball existed in cleveland until Momma's boy came into town. Have fun with Bosten they can play D. Cavs got nobody except Lebron he's not MJ. Don't expect a ring

Posted by: Woody | May 14, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

It's "Boston", genius.

Again, Cavs > Wizards...always...embrace

Posted by: dc | May 15, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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