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Post Game Press Conference: LeBron James Calls Reporter's Question "Retarded"

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, of the Miami Heat smiles during a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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K ShakranSenior Analyst IMay 8, 2011

After the 97-81 beatdown by the Boston Celtics over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, the Heat's post game press conference room experienced a comical, yet strange occurrence regarding LeBron James.

Dwyane Wade was asked a question by a reporter regarding how "some people" think his play was "dirty," to which the 29-year-old superstar responded: "who?"

The reporter, unidentifiable in the video posted on YouTube and numerous other websites, answered Wade's question with: "Just people in general, people who work the game."

A few seconds later, James, who was sitting right next to Wade in the press conference, muttered "that's retarded," covering up his mouth while saying it.

James' words were utterly clear, as shown in the above video, and somewhat humorous.

The reporter's question was somewhat unclear and difficult to understand. Was the reporter accusing Wade of dirty play, particularly on the inadvertent sequence where Rajon Rondo dislocated his elbow?

Wade and Rondo were fighting for a loose ball, when Wade pulled down Rondo, only for the Celtics' point guard to land on his left elbow and dislocate it.

Rondo, however, was able to return back on the court after getting his elbow popped back in and inspire the Celtics for their first win of the series.

Boston fans were heard chanting "D-Wade Sucks!" after the play for several minutes.

Ray Allen was also involved in a little push-and-shove sequence with Wade during the game, but it did not escalate to any on-court altercation.

ABC announcer Mike Breen told viewers during the game that, after the timeout taken by Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers to get Rondo back on the floor after his brief locker room visit, several Heat players were making sure that the 6'1'' point guard was fine.

Game 4 of the series will be played on Monday in Boston. The Heat lead the series 2-1.

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