Why we Hate Him – As the NBA Championship winds down, much is being said about the games premier player. Lebron James is the man we all love to hate. Much like overweight women hate Barbie. He has athletic ability others would kill for. He makes it all look so easy. His swagger, his I’m going to do it my way has everyone in a lather. There in lies the problem. Lebron James is one of those black men who forgot “his place.” And a lot of people are not happy with that. This writer says, you go Lebron – keep it up!
Admittedly, Lebron Jame’s hastily planned, televised announcement of where he was going to go was tacky. It was a great example of, how NOT to announce your departure from a team that was desperate to keep you at all costs. Part of Lebron James public relations debacle lies in how his reality television type announcement was done. It ruffled feathers among NBA fans and teams alike.
There has been much discussion over how Lebron James coaxed Chris Bosh to come to Miami. The big three as they are called (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh) have formed an NBA cartel or conglomerate. This comment is very interesting. When white men do the same thing for personal gain, it’s called savvy business acumen or the art of the deal. The double standard is amazing.
Lebron James had the option as a free agent to do as he chooses. Whether you like it or not, he’s a free man, who can take his talents wherever he chooses. It appears that Lebron being so young and so gifted is also part of the problem. He is the envy of the NBA. His strength, agility and raw athleticism is unbelievable. The young man wants to win an NBA World Championship! Let’s face it, it wasn’t going to happen in Cleveland!
An amatuer wanna be reporter could do man on the street interviews till the cows come home. The answer will be the same, we want Dallas to win. Not because they are die hard Dallas fans; it’s because they hate Lebron James! While there is a diverse crowd that supports Dallas over Miami, the hatred directed at Lebron James comes mostly from white males.
There are transcendent figures in the NBA, that rise above any perceived racial vitriol. Case in point, Michael Jordan. He is still one of the most beloved figures who has ever played the game of basketball. Everyone still wants to be like Mike! MJ is the gold standard that every basketball superstar is compared against. Michael Jordan has six championship rings to prove his greatness!
There is always the inevitable comparison with Michael Jordan. There was a firestorm of controversy when Scottie Pippen, a former Jordan teammate compared Lebron to Jordan. The deciding factor was and will always be, how many rings does Lebron James have?
The series is tied 2 – 2 between Dallas and Miami. It aint over till the fat lady sings. For all his greatness, Lebron James will end up another wanna be superstar if he doesn’t win an NBA Championship. While there is enormous pressure on Dirk Nowitzi (as the great white hope). Give me a break, he’s German, not American. There are some who think that Lebron James can steal Dallas’ thunder. The next two to three games will determine if Lebron get’s his first ring. If does win it, this writer hopes the Lebron James haters will get over it quickly.