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Reporter responds on Twitter after LeBron James calls him out during presser

The Cleveland Cavaliers were stunned by the Isaiah Thomas-less Boston Celtics on Sunday night, losing their first game of the postseason after blowing a 21-point lead in a 111-108 Game 3 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals.

LeBron James, who had his worst performance of the postseason, if not his career, in the losing effort — scoring only 11 points with seven turnovers — was somewhat surly after the game. James’ angst was highlighted by him ripping a reporter during his post-game press conference.

James went after Kenny Roda of the “Kenny & JT Show” on Ohio’s 1480 WHBC, accusing the radio man of only asking questions when the Cavaliers lose.

“I was just pretty poor, I mean, what do you want me to say,” James said. “It seems like you only ask questions when we lose. It’s this weird thing with you, Kenny. You always come around when we lose I swear. Yeah…. Okay.”

Roda shortly after the confrontation Sunday night took to Twitter to defend himself.

Roda also criticized how James wasn’t among the top 3 finalists in NBA MVP voting.

Finally, on Monday morning, Roda subtly reinforced the substance of his original tweet noting an appearance on FOX Sports Radio during which he discussed James calling him out.

In the end, the awkward encounter between James and Roda will end up being much ado about nothing. Further, it certainly wasn’t the most egregious display of surly antipathy by a superstar athlete toward a media member.

Still, Roda had every right to defend himself. In the end, odds are Roda will continue covering the Cavaliers win or lose and James will keep fielding questions from him.