Hyperbole of the week

LeBron James' monster dunk inspires a great call.

Published May 13, 2008 7:45AM (EDT)

Kevin Harlan of TNT wins the prize with his description of LeBron James' thundering dunk with 1:45 to go in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 88-77 win over the Boston Celtics Tuesday night.

"LeBron James, with no regard for human life, has given the Cavaliers their biggest lead tonight!"

Wow! There wouldn't have been many ways to achieve hyperbole in describing James' windmill dunk, which was really a dagger, but Harlan managed it. Nice work. The Cavs tied the series 2-2 and made it 15-1 for home teams in this round of the playoffs.

James wins the prize for the most revealing comment about family dynamics that could be lip-read by millions of people on TV. After Paul Pierce bear-hugged James for a hard foul, the two stumbled into the first few rows of spectators, right near where James' mother, Gloria James, was standing. Gloria James poked her nose into the mini-shoving match among her son, Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who had come over to try to separate the other two players.

Garnett gently put his arm around Gloria James' waist and said something to her, but she kept jawing and James, walking back out to the court, turned and shouted at her, "Sit your ass down!"

"I told her to sit down, in some language I shouldn't have used," he said after the game. "Thank God today wasn't Mother's Day."

No regard for human life is a statistic. No regard for momma is a tragedy.

By King Kaufman

King Kaufman is a senior writer for Salon. You can e-mail him at king at salon dot com. Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr

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