Thursday June 16, 2011
Remember when everyone liked LeBron James? Remember when he was a high school sensation that was supposed to be the next Michael Jordan? Remember that? Good, now one question comes to mind. What happened?
James seemed furious after he and the Heat lost Game 6 last Sunday night against the Mavericks. He revealed his hatred after the game for his critics and fans rooting against him. Here are James’ actual words:
“All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. So they can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they got to get back to the real world at some point.”
Nice quote. It’s great for you to turn your back on the fans. That will help your merchandise sales. James was referring to his critics, but that quote also fits for his supporters. In that moment, maybe it’s best not to say anything at all. James apologized, but the damage had been done.
Maybe he said it in the heat of the moment. However, there is no excuse for this type of behavior. James has repeatedly put his foot in his mouth. This must be the last straw. Ever since “The Decision,” James’ ego has elevated to frightening heights. His ego grew just as much as fans’ hatred for him. He became everything Michael Jordan wasn’t.
There is time for James to change. Maybe he can become adored by the NBA fans again. However, like winning a championship, it will take a lot of time for that to happen.
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