MIAMI – Anthony Tolliver took “his services to the north” but it doesn’t seem like it went over so well with a former teammate whose talents are currently on South Beach.
Tuesday night the Miami Heat will attempt to stretch their win streak to four games when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. But it will apparently not just be another mundane Tuesday game for LeBron James, who may have another name on his list to deal with.
In August, Tolliver announced he was signing a contract with the Wolves by putting a spoof of James’ infamous “Decision” show on YouTube called “The Decision…Part Deux.” When displaying a homemade sign announcing his pick, Tolliver said he was “taking his services to the north.”
“It was just me having fun, making fun of the decision,” Tolliver said after the Wolves practice on Monday. “When I did it, I had no intention to have him react.”
But James did have an icy reaction. When asked about Tolliver’s clip last week by a Minneapolis reporter who had come to Miami early for the game, James stiffened.
“I didn’t see it, but I heard about it,” James said without a hint of sarcasm. “We play Minnesota twice.”
Then James walked away.
Several months ago, James said he was making a list of people who took shots at him after his decision to sign with the Heat. It took Tolliver, who played with James on the Cavs in the preseason in 2007 when Tolliver was a rookie, by surprise that James took it so seriously.
“If he’s seen the video then he would know that it had nothing to do with him personally, it was about the situation,” said Tolliver, who signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal in Minnesota after having a breakout season with the Warriors last year.
“If he’s reacts to it either way, it doesn’t bother me,” Tolliver said. “If he’s mad, whatever…I didn’t make it for him, I made it for my family and friends. I sent the link out to my family and friends and it blew up from there.”