Saturday , Apr , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron-DeShawn Beef not Over?

"I never said anything personal about him, anything about his family that would [tick] somebody off like that," James said. "I don’t know what was said to him, but I’ve never said anything personal about anybody because I don’t know what people go through outside of basketball. Now if I said something about his basketball game, maybe. About him personally? I don’t go that far."

Although he initially dismissed Stevenson by comparing himself with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and Stevenson to rapper Soulja Boy, James said his team wouldn’t go back-and-forth verbally with the Wizards. ‘We don’t have guys that do that,’ James said. ‘You’re not going to see [Zydrunas Ilgauskas] out there talking trash, are you? It’s not going to happen.’

James, the NBA’s leading scorer this season at 30 points per game, is entering his third postseason with career playoff averages of 27.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 33 postseason games. [Topix.net]