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    Run-in With Military Servicemen Makes LeBron Harder to Dislike

    Go ahead and hate LeBron James.

    It seems like the thing to do if you like any NBA team other than the Heat.

    Hey, I get it. The guy spurned a hard-luck sports city in the most distasteful of ways. Taking his talents to South Beach? Who says stuff like that?

    In Oklahoma City, the disdain has only grown. LeBron has become the face of the franchise that poses the biggest roadblock to NBA gold for the hometown team. We may know just how big a block after Sunday night's game.

    Add in his Twitter-fueled spat with Kendrick Perkins, and LeBron tops the public enemy list.

    But before you bring out the torches and pitchforks, you might want to hear this story about LeBron, a layover in Oklahoma City and a run-in with some servicemen.

    Three weeks ago, the Heat left Miami for a three-game West Coast swing.

    First stop: Portland.

    That's a 2,700-mile trip, but it's a flight that most planes make without stopping to refuel.

    But on the day that the Heat headed west, the headwinds were stronger than normal. The team plane was going to use more fuel than usual, so a refueling stop would be necessary.

    Turns out, Oklahoma City was that stopping point.

    Refueling a massive airplane takes time, so according to an airport worker who witnessed the entire scene, the players got off the jet and went inside the general aviation terminal at Will Rogers World Airport. Some lounged in chairs. Others stretched their legs. Most stayed in their own little world.

    He noticed a couple of uniformed military personnel approach the team's security person. Unbeknown to him, about a dozen helicopters were stopped there for fuel as well. There were Blackhawks and Apaches and Chinooks, all on long-distance flights. Will Rogers happened to be their refueling stop.

    Just like the Heat players, the helicopter pilots were in the terminal stretching their legs.

    They never expected the Miami Heat to walk through the door.

    Some of them wanted pictures with the players, but when the crew members approached the team's security detail, they were told no.

    Maybe LeBron could overhear the conversation, or perhaps he could just tell by their body language what was going on. Either way, he piped up.

    “Hey, hey,” he said, “any of these military guys can take a picture with us.”

    He turned to his teammates.

    “You guys get up,” he told them.

    He turned to the servicemen.

    “Get your camera up,” he said.

    He started to wave the servicemen over but noticed that some of the players weren't yet on their feet.

    “Hey, everybody get up,” he said. “Get in a circle here. Anybody that wants their picture taken with us, we'll do it.”

    And that's exactly what they did. Any of the four or five dozen helicopter crewmen who wanted a photo got one. Not all of them did, but LeBron and his teammates posed with each and every one of them who asked.

    When those pilots and crewmen walked out of the terminal and back across the tarmac, they had big ol' smiles on their faces.

    “Can you believe that?” they asked each other. “Who would've ever thought?”

    Maybe they meant who would've thought they'd run into the Miami Heat at the Oklahoma City airport.

    But maybe they meant, “Who would've ever thought LeBron would be so cool?”

    It would've been so easy for a superstar like that to ignore those military men. No one would've ever known that he turned a blind eye to their request.

    But that's not what he did. One of the biggest villains in sports did something nice for some of the folks who have volunteered to protect and defend our country's freedom. It wasn't for publicity. It wasn't a big deal for those players. But for those helicopter crews who may one day put themselves in harm's way, it is something they'll always relish.

    So, go ahead and hate LeBron if you must.

    I'm just not sure he seems like such a bad guy anymore.
    http://newsok.com/lebron-james-the-n...660652/?page=1


    And before anyone claims this is just a PR stunt, this occurred almost a month ago and now's when we first hear of it:

    Eventually, the word got out — though clearly not from James, who acted Sunday as if it wasn’t a big deal.
    http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/heatzone/

    Last edited by gotoHcarolina52; 03-25-2012 at 07:52 PM.

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    so he does a good deed and that's supposed to erase everything he's done in the past to make him so unlikable?

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    Are you like LeBron's PR guy or his agent that you're trying as hard as you can to make PSD like LeBron?

    No offense man, but it's just not necessary. Nobody saying he's a bad person, that was never the case. People are just still mad at what he did to Cleveland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsox0717 View Post
    so he does a good deed and that's supposed to erase everything he's done in the past to make him so unlikable?
    he did 1 thing that people didn't like, change teams with a decision show. that is it. that was pretty selfless too in that he sacrificed his personal glory in the sake of winning.

    what an egomaniac!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KB-Pau-DH2012 View Post
    Are you like LeBron's PR guy or his agent that you're trying as hard as you can to make PSD like LeBron?

    No offense man, but it's just not necessary. Nobody saying he's a bad person, that was never the case. People are just still mad at what he did to Cleveland.
    how about cleveland get him a better second option in 7 years than mo williams and maybe he would consider it.

    how about not turning down amare for jj hickson and maybe he will stay.

    how about paying carlos boozer and maybe he will stay.

    he owed nothing to that team.

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    What a great ****in' asskissing post. Keep 'em coming.
    When you got to shoot, shoot, don't talk

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2r09 View Post
    how about cleveland get him a better second option in 7 years than mo williams and maybe he would consider it.

    how about not turning down amare for jj hickson and maybe he will stay.

    how about paying carlos boozer and maybe he will stay.

    he owed nothing to that team.
    Looks like you are the many that don't get the point.

    It's not about him leaving Cleveland, but the way he went about it with that 1 hr extravaganza, where he basically told his home state on national television a big eff u!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KB-Pau-DH2012 View Post
    Looks like you are the many that don't get the point.

    It's not about him leaving Cleveland, but the way he went about it with that 1 hr extravaganza, where he basically told his home state on national television a big eff u!
    be serious here, you think if he didn't do the decision he would not have been criticized? you are absolutely crazy if you think that.

    he has admitted it wasn't a great show, but if you hang all of your criticism on that, you are flat out lying to yourself. any way he would have changed teams and he would have been criticized.

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    I heard Lebron kicked an orphan in the face once, then used his lunch money to buy a bottle of gatorade.


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    LeBron still sells poison milk to school children...

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    I like Lebron more than durant



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    I didn't run the article, The Oklahoman did.

    If you're going to condone--or worse, propagate!--the vile and hateful, don't complain when the good comes to light as well.

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    BOOOOOOOOOoo

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    Lebron is awesome, one of my favorite players, and I want him to win multiple championships as long as its not at the expense of OKC.

    Props to Lebron, he's seriously a good dude.

    Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick walk into a bar... To watch Russell Wilson win the Super Bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotoHcarolina52 View Post
    I didn't run the article, The Oklahoman did.

    If you're going to condone--or worse, propagate!--the vile and hateful, don't complain when the good comes to light as well.
    It was the fact that you felt the need to make this a thread to put LeBron in a positive light.

    Look, everyone knows he's a good dude. But his PR skills are that of a 3rd grader. Sometimes, the guy has to learn to shut his mouth and play the game of basketball.

    I know what your intentions are, but again, it's not necessary.

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