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BALLER71
06-05-2012, 08:14 PM
Posted it in the NBA Forum but I thought it should go here as well for obvious reasons

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/8011587/lebron-being-lebron


This whole We Hate LeBron thing reminds me of a story.

A woman is in front of an apartment house that's engulfed in flames. She's screaming, "Help! Help! My baby's in there!"

A man sprints up and says, "Which floor?"

"Tenth!" she screams. "In the back!"

He rips off his coat and goes running in. Five minutes later, he's back, coughing, choking, and handing the woman the baby.

She looks at the man with a frown and sniffs, "He had a hat."

That's life for LeBron James.

Anything short of an NBA title makes James a useless wad of pre-chewed pork gristle in your eyes. Whatever he does -- three MVPs in nine seasons -- it's never enough.

You hate him -- still! -- for the way he botched the announcement of his free-agent move from Cleveland to Miami.

Forget that hundreds of people move from Cleveland to Miami every year.

Forget that dozens of NBA players change teams every year.

It was only one mistake. Has he showed up in any police reports since? Has he cheated on his fiancée ? Has he left his children stranded in the pick-up circle at school?

Has he refused to speak to reporters after a single game this season? Has he called out his teammates for their poor play, as Kobe Bryant did twice this postseason? Has he gotten his coach fired? Been fined for criticizing refs? Asked to be traded, released or named general manager?

Has he punched anybody? Choked anybody? Screamed at any parking valets? (Mom doesn't count.)

Smashed a chair? Drop-kicked any equipment? Tiger Woods does that on the front nine.

OK, he's not perfect. Threw a Gatorade cup. Punched a walking stick. Carries that stupid little man purse. But if you were to fill a plane with the most spoiled superstars in the country, he'd be boarding in the D group.

You despise him because he passes too much. Imagine that. You hate a modern NBA player for not being selfish.

OK, I'd like to see him use his bag of hoop tricks to drive more at the end of games, too. But it's not like he hasn't done it, dozens and dozens of times, including huge fourth quarters against Boston and Chicago in last season's playoffs.

You people seem to want him to take it every single time, even with Dwyane Wade as a teammate. And Chris Bosh. But it's The Big Three, isn't it? Not The Big One.

And just so you know: In playoff games, LeBron has taken 13 final shots in tight games in regulation and hit five of them to win or tie. Kobe has taken twice that and hit only seven. Can we all just take a Xanax?

Besides, he passes so exquisitely. His passes are clairvoyant, leading teammates to places they didn't even know they were supposed to go. They're as soft and buttery as croissants. Why wouldn't you want him passing?

And why is the hoops world so hyper-critical of this one thing when he's so brilliant at every other part of the game? Defense? He's guarded every position on the Celtics -- the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. "He's guarded everybody but me," says Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Only Rajon Rondo is even close in all-around brilliance this postseason. James is second in points, fourth in steals, 10th in assists, second in minutes. He leads his team in double-doubles and the league in double standards. Wade missed an open jumper to lose Game 4 in overtime -- how come he's not "scared?"

Last year, you hated him for being a shrinker. Now you hate him for not being a closer. Every game, he must CLOSE. Was Magic Johnson a closer? A few times, yes. Every freaking time? No. And by the way, most of the time James doesn't need to close because he's been so drop-your-popcorn good the entire game.

Aren't we still playing the game of basketball? What happened to attacking the defense where it's softest? What's wrong with looking for the open shot? Aren't his 12 teammates getting paid, too?

People -- enough. This whole "Crown or Drown" thinking on James has to stop. Grown men are actually strapping microphones to their ties and saying that if James doesn't win the title, the Heat ought to be broken up. For what? For making the Finals last year? For making (at least) the Eastern finals this year? James has been with these guys only two seasons. It took Michelangelo four years to paint the Sistine Chapel. You people would've fired him in two?

But I think the reason you hate LeBron James the most is that he just doesn't seem to suffer his failures as much as you'd like him to. You want him to brood like Kobe at losses, glare like Jordan when things don't go his way, scream at teammates like Tom Brady when they're behind.

That's not James. His spirit is too light. He's too much fun. He's a 6-foot-8 pixie, a 27-year-old kid who's addicted to kidding. He's a genuinely sweet person. You think of the great athletes of our generation -- Jordan, Woods, Lance Armstrong. They all had a bit of the jerk gene in them. James is missing it. He is loved by his teammates, not feared. So sue.

That's probably going to work against him in the long run. It will keep him from being Jordan or Kobe or Kareem. It will keep him from being enough.

But isn't that somebody you want your kids to have as their hero?

Hat or no hat?

Wade>You
06-05-2012, 08:24 PM
Great read, too bad:
a) Heat fans already feel this way
b) Everyone else doesn't give a ---- because they hate LeBron so it goes in one ear and out the other.

A great read, nonetheless. Thanks for sharing it.

justinnum1
06-05-2012, 08:25 PM
lebron could run into a burning school and save every kid and he would still be hated

gotoHcarolina52
06-05-2012, 08:28 PM
Thanks for sharing.

MadBomber
06-06-2012, 01:41 PM
nice read

Rain City
06-06-2012, 02:36 PM
I happen to feel lebron is a great guy, i dont root for him anymore but he is a great ambassador for the sport, he is popular among his peers (which goes along way for me), he is respectful and classy most the time but is unfairly attacked stupid things all the time.

I dont like how much he whines to the refs these days, the "decision" was a disappointing move for me, but he doesnt deserve close to the attacks he gets. I believe he is a better person than most that write about him.

Mambo Kings
06-06-2012, 02:50 PM
Bad article. Let me give it a better comparison, since basketball is not about saving babies from burning buildings - it's a COMPETITION. Imagine, instead, if you must talk about saving babies, it's a competition to see who can save the most burning babies. Lebron vs. another NBA star. Ready. Go! As both stars run in, the choice arises to push aside the other guy and save more lives. Lebron won't do it. He'll save who he can, hats and all, but if there's a chance to save a baby's hat but it means stepping on the hand of the guy he's competing against who's reaching out for the same hat, he won't do it. It's called "killer instinct" in sports and Lebron doesn't have it. Paul Pierce, last night, drilling that 3 pointer in Lebron's face - that is the spirit King James must acquire to gain the respect he lacks. The man has all the physical tools to dominate the game in ways never seen, but he chooses not to. That is not a message I'd send to my kids. I would tell them to reach all of their potential, to use everything they've got, and have the DESIRE to win.

CHANGO
06-06-2012, 03:00 PM
Bad article. Let me give it a better comparison, since basketball is not about saving babies from burning buildings - it's a COMPETITION. Imagine, instead, if you must talk about saving babies, it's a competition to see who can save the most burning babies. Lebron vs. another NBA star. Ready. Go! As both stars run in, the choice arises to push aside the other guy and save more lives. Lebron won't do it. He'll save who he can, hats and all, but if there's a chance to save a baby's hat but it means stepping on the hand of the guy he's competing against who's reaching out for the same hat, he won't do it. It's called "killer instinct" in sports and Lebron doesn't have it. Paul Pierce, last night, drilling that 3 pointer in Lebron's face - that is the spirit King James must acquire to gain the respect he lacks. The man has all the physical tools to dominate the game in ways never seen, but he chooses not to. That is not a message I'd send to my kids. I would tell them to reach all of their potential, to use everything they've got, and have the DESIRE to win.

Funny thing is... Lebron already did that last playoffs against that same man, IN BOSTON. And did that 2 more times in game 5. So that means... He has IT. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

steelcityroller
06-06-2012, 04:52 PM
And Lebron's choices haven't had anything to do with people being upset? When you hold a television show to announce your signing in free agency, proclaim that your team is gonna win at least 8 NBA championships and bail on your hometown team after promising them championships you kinda put a bullseye on your back....

Mambo Kings
06-06-2012, 05:03 PM
The great ones, the champions, realize at some point that nothing is given to them. Guys like James, and many other talents who have never won it all, get tricked in to believing if they just play hard, play their game, winning a championship will just "happen". Nothing is further than the truth. The guys who win it all end up having to TAKE it from another team. Call it an edge, a mean streak, a killer instinct...whatever. It's stepping up, with the greatest pressure, laying it on the line, sink or swim, taking no prisoners. Lebron is an all-world talent, but he doesn't have the heart (yet). It might take him 3+ more years of failure, maybe even another team, but I hope he finds it eventually.