Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title against the maligned Miami Heat. It seems as if everyone is taking shots at Lebron losing in the NBA finals. There is nothing wrong with criticizing and constructively discuss Lebron James the Miami Heat but when does it come to the point where a person is totally showing their internal desire to HATE? For all the hate people spewed towards this man like their life depends on it. I would like to give you this edition of… THE GAS FACE!!
I will be the first to say I have been very critical of Lebron James, the Miami Heat, and “The Decision”(see Oscar Grant...Who? Please, Change the Channel to Lebron and Dear Lebron, You’re Not Acting Too Kingly). I am the first to talk about how Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh have portrayed themselves in the media as whiny and complaining kids. Between Chris Bosh’s continual crying throughout the season and Dwayne Wade’s and Lebron James’ comments throughout the season they didn’t make the situation and “hate” any better. Let’s not forget the ego driven idea of Lebron “hosting” of “The Decision”. Even if a person wants to talk about how Lebron James and the Miami Heat played the finals I can even listen and take credence to what they have to say. I even had some choice words for Lebron via twitter (@diggame). But, when a person just says they don’t like Lebron for (fill in blank with any unsubstantiated reason besides performance on the court) that is when I have to raise my eyebrow and ask…ARE YOU A HATER?
I found more people watching the NBA finals not cheering for the Dallas Mavericks or the Miami Heat but watch to see if the Miami Heat lose. Take that basck they watched it…ONLY wanting to see the Heat lose. The Dallas Mavericks were just their tool of destruction. It almost felt the same way people would watch Muhammad Ali fights and why many people watch Floyd Mayweather fights to not watch them actually fight but to watch the fight in hopes that they lose. There are people who set in front of their TV to just HATE on Lebron instead of watching a greatly contested NBA Finals.
There is nothing wrong with disliking or even criticizing Lebron but throwing out red herrings and unconstructive discourse just makes you foolish as a sports fan. You have people trying to lump their hate of Lebron James into the profiles of Mike Vick, Barry Bonds, Plaxico Burress, and even Ray Carruth! Yes, Ray Carruth!
I am not going to even get into the racial dynamic of many people hating Lebron James but you have the city of Cleveland not just disliking a player but hating a man because of him making a sound business decision. I understand the city being upset with Lebron for living and how he did it but this deep-rooted hate for the man makes Cleveland look like the bitter ass boyfriend or girlfriend who just can’t get over the relationship. You have the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dan Gilbert who continuously says things that make him look like a bitter douche. You even have ex-teams (see Mo Williams) commenting on how happy they are to see him lose. I understand their distaste with Lebron leaving them but damn do you have to look like a chick from Waiting to Exhale every time Lebron name comes up? Yeah, the people in Cleveland who continuously hate Lebron are the same guys who hate the girl who played them back in ’00 and can’t seem to get over the fact she is married now.
I know someone who knows me will ask what is the difference between their HATE for Lebron and my HATE for The New England Patriots, U. Iowa, U. Kansas, Kobe Bryant and Chicago Cubs? Well, aside from Kobe Bryant (and I wouldn’t say Hate just a strong dislike) I don’t hate a player or person on any of those teams…I hate the organizations themselves big difference between hate an institution than an individual person. I don’t know if I have EVER burned a person’s jersey (ala Cleveland fans) like they were some mortal enemy of mine. I have always reserved the idea of burning as either something in political protest or deep emotional pain and a NBA player should never be that serious for a person.
Lebron has become the tragic victim of media hype, public hype, and his own hype. Society loves to build up a “hero” only to tear them down. One of the keys of life is being able to handle the balance between getting accolades and hate at the same time. When you buy into one too much you are susceptible to an ultimate fall. Lebron James has to find a balance between those who praise him and his detractors only then will be able to shake off the pressure of “having” to win a championship just to prove detractors wrong. Because now his haters feel great after burning up his car like Angela Bassett did her husband’s in Waiting to Exhale. They won’t get over what he did but his test as a man will be if he will be able to get over his “haters”. But, today those straight up bitter haters will get….THE GAS FACE!!
- Will a Championship End the LeBron Hate? (trevoramason.com)
- Charles Barkley Picks The Miami Heat In The NBA Finals, Says Lebron Is ‘On A Mission’ (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- King James Vs Durantula: Who Are You Rooting For?!? (averagebro.com)
- Why It’s Wrong To Root Against Lebron James (verysmartbrothas.com)
- LeBron James And The Return Of Forever (thesportsfanjournal.com)
- Does the Hatred of the Miami Heat Represent a Generational Debate? (singleblackmale.org)
- The 4 Shots That Changed The NBA Conference Finals (thesportsfanjournal.com)