You Can Hate Him Now

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Sports

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Published on August 16, 2010 with 14 Comments

What drives the LeBron James hate brigade? Lately, people have been trying to force him into the anti-hero role. I’ve been pondering this topic ever since LeBron publicly dumped Cleveland for Miami.

LeBron James may be immature and narcissistic, but he’s not a villain. People persecute him for all the wrong reasons, including his decision to go to Miami. I gained respect for James when he made that choice because he chose basketball over branding. He wants to win championships. What’s so terrible about that? The latest example of the public whipping James has endured is the response to his “black book” tweet.

So what if he wants to make mental notes of people that despised him? If you think Michael Jordan never kept one of those, you’re largely mistaken. No, I’m not in any way comparing LBJ to MJ; LeBron effectively removed himself from all MJ comparisons when he decided to team up with Wade and Bosh in Miami. But if we’re talking about great individual players of our time, he’ll always be in that conversation. He does share many of their qualities, including, yes, keeping an eye on rivals.

I found Charles Barkley’s response interesting:
“I heard about LeBron James’ little tweet…He’s making a list of people that said something bad about him. Well, I want to make sure my name is on that list, because I thought that little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing on stage was a punk move…Him joining Dwayne Wade’s team was disappointing to me…If he wants to take that as criticism, so be it. He know where I be. I’m easy to find. I’m on TV every week.”

Frankly, I have no problem with Barkley’s response. None. If you’re a professional athlete, you’re going to have to tolerate some level of criticism at some point. But the backlash is unwarranted. I don’t get how this makes him a bad guy.

What’s the worst that could happen from LeBron’s attitude? Oh, I don’t know, the NBA becomes more competitive? God forbid the league should become fun to watch. I don’t know about you, but all that friendly shit is bores me to tears. And in a league that features 82 pointless games over a long, grueling season, a dose of competitive basketball is just what the doctor ordered.

Truth be told, LeBron’s display of narcissism can be appalling. But keep in mind that none of that would have been possible without the public’s cooperation. If he’s such a villain, why tune in to the LeBron Show on a nightly basis? The same people that paint him as a villain will be sitting on the edge of their seats, salivating for LeBron’s high-flying dunks and ferocious chase-down blocks. His jerseys will still sell like hot cakes.

The man wants to be loved, just like any other star worth his mettle. Now, he’s made some immature decisions (“The Decision” being one of them) over the course of his 7-year career in the NBA, but so have many other 20-something year-olds in the NBA and other fields for that matter. Immature? Yes. A bad guy, he’s not.

TRU

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  1. The big problem I have with LBJ going to the Heat is that it unbalances the league. You say that it’s going to make basketball more exciting to watch, but I think you need to clarify; it’s going to make Miami Heat basketball more exciting to watch. The season is going to boil down to Heat vs Lakers. Maybe a dark horse like Phoenix or Utah gives them a bloody nose, but I doubt it.

    Talent disparity has always been a problem in the NBA.

    Not to mention the insane expectations being leveled against that team. Anything less than a championship will be seen as a failure. If he thinks the press is being hard on him now, just wait until the post season. Any L is going to get him killed in the Miami press. Especially if he quits like he did against the Celtics.

  2. The big problem I have with LBJ going to the Heat is that it unbalances the league. You say that it’s going to make basketball more exciting to watch, but I think you need to clarify; it’s going to make Miami Heat basketball more exciting to watch. The season is going to boil down to Heat vs Lakers. Maybe a dark horse like Phoenix or Utah gives them a bloody nose, but I doubt it.

    Talent disparity has always been a problem in the NBA.

    Not to mention the insane expectations being leveled against that team. Anything less than a championship will be seen as a failure. If he thinks the press is being hard on him now, just wait until the post season. Any L is going to get him killed in the Miami press. Especially if he quits like he did against the Celtics.

  3. Charles Barkley… I feel like he’s been making me laugh my entire life. While he played b-ball, after he played… way, way after he played. “He know where I be.” L-O-L.

  4. Charles Barkley… I feel like he’s been making me laugh my entire life. While he played b-ball, after he played… way, way after he played. “He know where I be.” L-O-L.

  5. lol cleveland’s just upset that they won’t make it to the playoffs next year. They need him and they hate the fact that they know they do. It’s a sport and winning is the point. If Lebron felt like he couldn’t win with the cavs, he has every right to try his luck elsewhere. ON TO THE NEXT ONE.

  6. “You say that it’s going to make basketball more exciting to watch, but I think you need to clarify.”

    What I mean is that keeping a tab on naysayers will stir up a competitive fire in him that will eventually spread to his teammates and said enemies (the ones on the basketball court, that is).

  7. As much as I love Barkely, he can miss me with the whole “thats not how you do shit.” Yeah with all them championships he won he really has the inside track on what Lebron should do to win one? Its easy as hell for Jordan, Magic, and all of them to be like “I wouldn’t have done that” they didn’t have to they were on stacked ass squads.

    Winning is the cure all and if that boy starts winning, people will be back on the nuts haha

  8. I think a lot of ppl have misconstrued the mechanics of “the Decision.” My only issue with LBJ’s decision was it would’ve been nice, polite if you will to at least inform the team of his decision. What he did was akin to getting a new job elsewhere and informing your current place of work that you’d be taking up the new job the next day. In certain at-will states you can do that legally. However, from a moral standpoint you could do better.

    Everything else attack-wise or label-wise that’s been levelled at the young man is pure hogwash and reeks of ignorance. He fulfilled the terms of his contract and by no means held any further obligations to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    On the subject of “the decision” I’d say ESPN just as much as Lebron is to blame for the circus. Also, let’s not forget, WE ALL LOVED IT. I mean gosh! we actually took the time to watch the frigging ordeal. Ratings were at their all-time highest for the network. What does that tell you?

  9. Oh and on Chuck: Chuck, why you mad? You actually think LBJ is going to be goaded into some sort of brawl or media fight with you? Don’t get frustrated ‘cos dude has seen an opportunity to win a ring when you’re over there chugging hamburgers and making fluffy commentary. Stuff like this just makes you old man..like really old.

  10. is anyone else over it? no? *shrugs* look there’s not much we can do now but sit back and see what happens. I think in some way it does unbalance the league, but in all reality i think it makes it fair on LBJ. Cleveland kept expecting him to be their superhero and he’s wasn’t. Had he stayed in cleveland and never won a ring they wouldn’t be happy cause he stayed, they’d be pissed he didn’t produce. Can’t be mad @ him for movin’ on and tryin to get that ring somewhere else… i say tryin cause my Lakers are gonna 3peat :o)

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  11. I like how you say you’re in no way comparing LeBron to Jordan, then proceed to compare him on several different levels. I’m in no way comparing you to a fool, I’m just saying you do a lot of things fools do.

    • There’s a difference. I never compared LeBron’s game to Jordan’s. Like I said, James is no longer in that equation. But he definitely shares some qualities with other great players, including Jordan, Kobe, and others.

      Also, I like your screen name.

  12. All he did was set the stage for the lockout. Players need the owners more than the owners need the players. Owners are already rich, Players need the owners to become rich. Most of the owners gain their money in other industries. Players think it’s fun a games now, wait until the lockout starts and they’re not getting paychecks.

  13. I’ll still be rooting for Lebron. He’s the most exciting player to watch thats ever played

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