Scorn and LeBron James
LeBron James is one of those great pro athletes that you either love or you hate.
It really doesn’t matter what team he plays for, or where he is in his career, there are fans who will despise him until he retires. Even then, they’ll probably hate him for years after that.
To put it simply, LeBron is the NBA’s Tom Brady. When he plays for your team, you love him immensely.
When he plays against you, he better duck or something might hit him in the head.
It wasn’t always like this. LeBron didn’t always split the NBA fan base as he does now.
There was a time when he was revered as both the best player on the planet — he still is — and the most loved. OK, that might be a stretch.
“How you feel about the man shouldn’t cloud the fact that he is one hell of a basketball player.”
An entire country (China) loves Kobe Bryant. That puts the Mamba over the top in fan adoration.
A six-foot-eight-inch, 260pound freight train with the basketball, LeBron gets where he wants on the floor and makes opponents weep at the sight of him.
LeBron has re-defined the image of a point forward. His jumper has always been suspect, but he’s improved it tenfold from where it was as a rookie in 2003.
The rest of his game is lights out. Off the dribble, it’s hard for even the best defenders to slow him down. He can finish in space or in traffic and his ability to see the floor puts him above his peers.
No disrespect to Steph Curry, but LeBron is the best basketball player on the planet. I mean it’s good that Steph was the first-ever unanimous league most valuable player, but I don’t think it should’ve happened.
Not when this James guy plays in the same league. It’s not a popular opinion, but there it is.
So, why is Steph universally adored but LeBron gets plenty of hate?
Maybe it’s because LeBron has a tendency to say dumb things to the media or perhaps the dagger was The Decision back in 2010. Either way, LeBron hasn’t been quite as loved as he once was.
Fans believe LeBron holds absolute power in Cleveland and makes personnel decisions. Yup, that’s another reason for scorn.
So, there’s plenty of reasons to not like the guy.
He does indeed deserve some of the vitriol being spewed in his direction. When he chose to take his talents to South Beach, he deserved to see his jerseys being burned in the streets of Cleveland.
That was cold and I think he knows it now. It’s probably part of the reason he went back to The Land. Here’s the thing, though. How you feel about the man shouldn’t cloud the fact that he is one hell of a basketball player.