If there was a subtext to the Nets' big win over the Cavaliers, it was the battle between the King and Mr. Whammy, aka Bruce Reznick. Mr. Whammy, he of the hexed foul shots, was removed from his traditional spot under the basket by NBA security. As he told writers, it was all about LeBron James. Nets writers tweeted out his angry complaints in real time, and then at the end, his personal vindication...
"You don't mess with the Whammy."
Mr. Whammy, who was not allowed to take his usual spot under the basket during free throws in 1st half, says it was because of LeBron James.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 28, 2015
This is the angriest I've ever seen Mr. Whammy.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) March 28, 2015
Mr. Whammy doesn't know LeBron's name. He said, "Hey, No. 23. Look at me!"— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 27, 2015
Whammy just called LeBron "a bum." Never heard him this angry before.
— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 28, 2015
A fired-up Mr. Whammy says LeBron complained about him being behind the basket, and has done it before. Never heard him so angry.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) March 28, 2015
Herb Turetzky needs to give Mr Whammy some of his (many) chill pills. Don't want anyone getting hurt out there.— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) March 28, 2015
Bad job by LeBron RT @alexraskinNYC: Mr. Whammy claims it was LeBron James who had him moved. Said it was the same when he was in Miami.— Evan Roberts (@JoeandEvan) March 28, 2015
March 27, 2015, the day Mr Whammy literally got incensed and kept ethering the whole Cavaliers team— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) March 28, 2015
Near the end of the game, Mr. Whammy knew he and the Nets had won.
Whammy walked over to press row, touched my shoulder, and said, "You don't mess with the Whammy."— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) March 28, 2015
Here's how Mitch Abramson described the season after talking to Mr. Whammy...
The diminutive superfan said that James and the Cavs had security move him from his perch a couple feet behind the basket stanchion after James missed a free throw with 10:06 left in the first quarter as he tried to complete a three-point play.
At first Reznick said he was told by NBA security to move. Then he was told by Barclays’ security to move. Finally, Mr. Whammy was asked by Nets CEO Brett Yormark to move away midway through the second quarter, he said.
"He said, ‘Do me a favor, please move back so that NBA security doesn’t throw you out,’ " Reznick said at the half. "LeBron is a crybaby. I know it was him that asked the security to make me move. He doesn’t like that I make him miss. He thinks he’s more powerful than anyone in the NBA."
An official from NBA security at the game confirmed that the Cavaliers complained about Mr. Whammy’s presence so close to the court and asked that he go back to his seat.
For shame, King, for shame.
But in the end, James appears to be on to something. The ghostly figure of Mr. Whammy staring and and jabbing and hexing may have an effect!!
Didn't realize opponents shoot 73 percent on FTs vs. Nets, lowest in the NBA. The power of Mr. Whammy actually works.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) March 27, 2015
Alas, not everyone is enamored of Mr. Whammy. Matt Moore of CBS referred to him as a "heckler," "mean jerk," "crazy person" and "troll." However, after being hammered by Nets fans --and Irina Pavlova, Moore recanted, calling his original article "harsh" and rewrote it. In the latest version, Whammy is no longer a "mean jerk" or a "troll" but is still a "heckler" and "crazy person."
- Nets, Mr. Whammy are victorious against LeBron James’ Cavs - Mitch Abramson - New York Daily News
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