The Washington Times - April 28, 2008, 04:18PM
LeBron James DeShawn Stevenson SEE RELATED:

\ Today after practice, Brendan Haywood cracked everybody up with a response. Putting on a sorrowful expression and speaking in a high pitched, whining tone, Haywood said: “Ooooh, they’re trying to hurt me!”\

\ Going back to his natural voice he added:\ “He wears 23, he wants to be Michael Jordan. I can respect that, he’s a great player. But you saw what Mike when through. Mike got fouled way worse than this. No one’s trying to hurt him. Everyone’s trying to play basketball and trying to be tough. Play basketball and leave it alone. He’s trying to hurt me! [whining tone again] C’mon.\

\ “I don’t remember anyone saying blatantly ‘they’re trying to hurt me’ before. But the game has changed a lot. You definitely couldn’t say that back in the day. The nature of the game has changed from the Bad Boys with the Pistons, the Knicks. You said that and you would’ve been seen as plain out soft. I never heard Magic say it, or Mike, or Larry.”\

\ Oh, and Jay-Z’s DeShawn Stevenson diss has made it to YouTube. It’s called “Blow the whistle.” There’s no mention of Stevenson’s name, but it’s rather clear what he’s responding to.\

\ Yeah, right, LeBron. There is no DeShawn-LeBron rivalry? Maybe not on the court as one-on-one matchup. But there’s definitely something personal there.\

\ — Mike Jones