View Full Version : Should LeBron have embraced being a villain?

06-13-2011, 07:54 PM
I just wrote a blog that says:

"The 2011 NBA Finals are over and to the surprise (and delight) of many, the Miami Heat walked away without the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The hate for the Heat didn’t start when three superstar athletes joined forces to take on the NBA, it started when one NBA superstar turned his back on his hometown city and “took his talents to South Beach.”

I was few feet away from the court as thunderous boo’s rained down on Lebron as he was introduced in his first game as a member of the Heat, a common theme throughout NBA league arenas. Many NBA analysts said Lebron was unaccustomed to not being loved and the hate he received this year took him out of his element.

Lebron became “The Joker” from the Batman series in the eyes of many sports fans, with the exception of Heat fans. Even so they can be compared to The Joker’s army in The Dark Night, they know they are on the evil side but they just want a big payout (championship banners).

My only question: why did LeBron not embrace being the villain?

The NBA is full of players who compare themselves to superheroes. Shaq in his prime took on the Superman persona. Dwight Howard is doing the same today; Howard even dressed as Superman during the 2008 dunk contest. Many of the nicknames can be thought of as superheroes: Agent Zero, Birdman, Captain Canada, Flash, etc.

The NBA has had two Supermans, but not one Lex Luther. LeBron should step up and be the villain. Imagine if LeBron wore a “Why So Serious” shirt in the locker room in the beginning of the season, or if he participated in the dunk contest wearing a shirt that simply read “Kryptonite” (if he chooses to participate, which he should). He could continue to wear the vampire mouth guard as he did during Halloween. LeBron could even cameo in a movie as an antagonist. The ideas are endless and would generate a lot of positive PR for LeBron by humanizing him. As long as he maintained his philanthropic endeavors and kept out of trouble off the court.

The best part of this is it makes LeBron look less like a robot. The recent article, “The Self-Aware NBA” on Grantland by Carles has a very important observation about the hate for LeBron James: “We don’t hate LeBron because The Decision was a bad idea, we hate LeBron because he didn’t realize that The Decision was a bad idea.”

LeBron could become the villain, acknowledging that The Decision was a bad decision. More importantly, he becomes a person to the fans again. LeBron loves to entertain us. “We Are All Witnesses,” the Nike sign once read. Why can’t we be witnesses to the first real villain of the NBA?"

What do you guys think?

06-13-2011, 07:55 PM
I thought he was already......

Public Enemy #1
06-13-2011, 08:13 PM
Interesting, doubt it would change anyone's perception of him though. People would look at it as a PR stunt...

06-13-2011, 08:36 PM
of course he shouldnt of. lol

06-13-2011, 09:27 PM
I don't know how much Nike would like their poster boy being "the villain"

06-13-2011, 09:34 PM
I don't know how much Nike would like their poster boy being "the villain"

If Dwight was one of their guys they would LOVE it. Imagine the Hero/Villain stuff they could spin with that?

The villain doesn't always mean everyone hates them either... some of my favourite TV show characters of all time were heels.

06-13-2011, 09:37 PM
Why not? He already has the villains never win thing down pat.

06-13-2011, 09:50 PM
Lebron sucks and is totally the villain! if he didn't know that, then he must have mental problemz! Heat Suck Mavs Rule!!1

06-13-2011, 09:51 PM
It's not in his make-up to be the villain. Sure there are certain moments in the season when he embraced the role such as first game in CLE and when the Heat went on one of their win streaks but he can't do that game in game out. Lebron is the type of guy that needs to be loved by the masses. His was the next one before he ever played a second in the NBA. I don't want to turn this into a comparison thread but that guy in LA feeds off being the bad guy. It drives him day after day to prove ppl wrong. Has he had his bad PS games? Yes he has but has he ever disappeared for a series? Hell No. Lebron came out and said he didn't get any sleep after one of the middle games in the series because he read and saw everything ppl said about it. If that's the case wouldn't he feed off that and do everything he physically could to will his team to victory yet he once again disappeared when it mattered the most.

Big Game Son
06-13-2011, 09:53 PM
Yes he should embrace whatever makes him at the clutch moments of a game...put the ball in the bottom of the hoop or make that crucial assist. He hasn't been doing that.

He needs to embrace something that puts him in a clear and focused mind state at the end of games though, yes!

06-13-2011, 09:53 PM
I really don't think cartoon characters equates to athletes sponsored for millions of dollars (in the NBA). I understand how that works in "sports" that are staged like wrestling. The NBA is supposed to be a legitimate league, not some production.

06-13-2011, 10:03 PM
This isn't wrestling. He can't just turn heel.