Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why Fans Hate LeBron...

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I can think of not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven reasons why fans can't stand LeBron James. The funny thing is...when you think about it...those seven reasons can be boiled down into two reasons.

First off, "The Decision" was a huge P.R. blunder that never should have aired. EVERYONE in LeBron's camp is to be blamed for that. At some point, whether it was LeBron James himself or not, somebody had to think "Man, this could really be a bad idea". The rest of the people in his camp then talked that one person into it being a good idea and well, you know the outcome.

Secondly, the welcome party to Miami was well, a Miami Heat deal. Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James really did not plan or put that whole thing together. Let's face it people, it's Miami. They like to party and they like to party big down there. They would have done it no matter who their Big Three was.

However, the infamous LeBron James quotes "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach" and then the one promising seven championships did all come from LeBron's head. And let's be honest, he is correct on one of them...

LeBron did take his talents to South Beach. In two regular seasons with the Miami Heat, James is averaging 27 points per game, 76 percent from the free throw line, nearly eight rebounds per game, and seven assists per game. (His numbers are about the same in the postseason. This postseason he's averaging 30 points per game.)

His numbers aren't up from what they were in Cleveland, but they're not down, either. They have dropped a point or two from his days in Cleveland, but that's only because he's playing alongside two other great players in Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

The second quote, however, I can't defend. LeBron has yet to win the Miami Heat seven championships like he promised. But, this is only his second year with the organization. Last season, they cam pretty close. This season, they are even closer.

Allow me to ask you these questions:

Has LeBron ever done drugs?
Has LeBron gone out drinking after a big win?
Does LeBron not take care of his own son?
Has LeBron ever been in trouble with the law?
Does LeBron blame his teammates after a loss?
Has LeBron ever attacked the media for whatever reason?
Has LeBron ever turned down reporters following a loss?

If you answered "YES" to anyone of these questions...then you obviously are either crazy or LeBron's stalker.

LeBron has never done drugs and doesn't drink. Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots parties and drinks after a loss and I don't see people hating him.

LeBron James takes great care of his own son. He loves that kid more than the game of basketball itself. You can't say that about all parents. There are some people, who don't even play basketball, that love the game more than their own family.

LeBron has never been in trouble with the law. Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers has been a couple times. I don't see fans around the league thinking he's a terrible person.

LeBron James has never pulled a Kobe Bryant and blamed everyone BUT himself for a loss. James shoulders the blame and keeps moving. Bryant, well, he'd be more than happy to throw everyone under the bus.

LeBron has been great towards the media. He's handled all their tough questions with dignity and grace and has never attacked a member of the media over a question. He always addresses the media after every game.

Enough with comparing him to Michael Jordan. That's an insult to both men. James changed his number to avoid that. They are two totally different players with two totally different career paths. Those internet meme's are annoying and for people with nothing else to do and are seeking attention.

Enough with saying he's not clutch. Nobody in the history of the NBA made every buzzer beater that they attempted.

To Cleveland Cavalier fans...get over it. It's time to move on. I know that's a tall order, seeing as how you named a football team after Paul Brown...who you all hate because he moved the Browns to what is now the Ravens...but that's another story.

I'm not a LeBron James fan or hater. I'm not a Miami Heat fan or hater. I'm just a guy with an objective view on an awkward situation.

Look, LeBron James is going to win an NBA title this season whether you want him to or not. He is the best player in the NBA right now and he will be for a long time.

Respect the man for what he is: an amazing basketball player. Instead of going gaw-gaw eyed like we all did over guys like Jordan, Chamberlain, Byrd, and Johnson, people find it better to point out everything that's wrong with him when there is so much that is right with him.

In the eyes of the NBA fan, LeBron James will never be great enough. No matter what, someone will always have something about him to criticize.