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Whenever anyone asks me who my favorite NBA team is, the answer is always “whoever LeBron James is playing for.”

So many people began to hate LeBron James when he announced he would leave Cleveland to go to Miami and play for the Heat.

Personally, I don’t think it was that big of a deal. Yes, he might have received less negative reactions had he told the Cavaliers privately first his intentions to leave, but he also made a lot of money by announcing it on the ESPN special “the decision”.

Let’s not forget… basketball is his job and I would have sold out for much much less than LeBron received so I can’t judge. I think people forget that LeBron has been famous since his junior year of high school. He is very much used to the spotlight and if he acts a little differently than you or I would, it’s got a lot do with that. And honestly, if the worst thing that LeBron James has done in the 6 years he’s been in the league is the way that he announced his decision in free agency, then that’s a stand up guy.

He doesn’t have gambling problems, hasn’t shot himself in the leg, hasn’t killed someone driving drunk, hasn’t been accused of sexually harassing anyone. He just handles his business on the court. LeBron has the skill and ability to be the most dominant player the NBA has ever seen. He can score at will with amazing ball handling and shot accuracy from short to deep, deep range. He can jump through the roof and is one of the best defenders in the league as well.

LeBron’s most amazing talent, I think, is his court awareness. At any time, it seems LeBron knows the exact location of every team-mate and will dish an around-the-back pass to one with perfect timing and accuracy. LeBron draws the attention of not just his defenders but the entire building. Everyone wants to see what LeBron will do and it’s easier to break off and get open as a teammate when LeBron is driving to the hoop, easily capable of throwing it down, but instead kicks it out to the open teammate for 3. All because of the attention he draws on offense.

Alone, yet surrounded by a cast of competent enough players, James can beat 85% of the teams in the NBA and showed that the last 3-4 seasons with the Cavaliers. Now that LeBron has all-stars around him nightly to give an outlet pass on the breakaway to, it’s a thing of beauty.

The Heat are now finally in their groove and have won 21 of their last 22 games.

LeBron is making himself most useful as a facilitator. James will get his whenever and however he wants, but Wade, Bosh, and even the rest of the Heat are benefitting from James’ ability to draw off defenders and make a good player look great and a decent player look good. Given 2 of his teammates are great players already, safe to say the Heat are the top contender in the East.

Plus, have you seen the Cavs lately? They went from best record in the NBA 2 years in a row, to last place in the NBA halfway through the first year without James.

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The “King” for a reason

Posted: October 12, 2010 by Dan Condie in LeBron James, NBA
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LeBron James’ disapproval rating skyrocketed this summer to the point where he was in the top 5 most hated athletes up with Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and Michael Vick.

When NBA fans with a negative opinion of James are asked to explain themselves and their hated, many answers include, “I didn’t like how he went about the whole ‘decision’ thing”, or “he thinks he is the best thing in the world”, “he stabbed his fans in the back”…the list goes on.

Most all of the people I know that hated on LBJ before this Summer were Lakers/Kobe Bryant fans.

Kobe Bryant fans had a great time watching the “LeBron James Show” this Summer because most all the fence sitters on the Kobe/LeBron issue either swayed towards Kobe or at least strayed from LeBron.

Kobe fans, there’s nothing I hate worse than the sports fan that won’t credit the opposing teams’ successes along with cheering their failures, so I’ll start by saying Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in the NBA. He has more finesse than anyone to play before him and can score at will against any player one on one…when his shot is on.

You cannot call LeBron’s game graceful or full of finesse, but he is the most athletically gifted and highest caliber talent in the NBA. Kobe may have nights where he goes off for gaudy numbers, but LeBron James phones in triple doubles.

James said himself, in an interview last season, that he could won the scoring title every year, if he wanted to.

The fact is, LeBron James has one solitary goal in mind and it isn’t scoring titles, money, or media love. It’s winning championships. Yup, multiple.

Lets be realists for a second. LeBron gave Cleveland more than a fair shake. He did not choose to be drafted by Cleveland. (speaking of giving up on the court, the Cavs have been accused of throwing games in 2003 in order to raise their lotto pick chances). LeBron could have left the Cavaliers after his second year, but he signed a 4 year extension and received no solid #2 guy to help him out.

Everyone knows LeBron has more money than he knows what to do with. But if ESPN pitches the idea to run an hour long special for making his decision and would pay millions for something you were going to have to do anyway, you’d do much worse things than accepting a promotion on live TV and you all know it. I would do more offensive things for less money.

Bottom line is, LeBron hasn’t been a distraction off the court, hasn’t been in legal trouble, hasn’t been a sex-crazed idiot, has really only ever performed every single night at a level no one ever has.

So when the reasons why people are hating on the guy are all seemingly based on the way he did his job, that’s when I have issues. Cuz lets not forget, you go to the office, make sales, whatever your job may be, and LeBron plays in the NBA. He was a free agent and he chose to relocate and work in A. A better location with B. Better surrounding talent.

Know why I dislike the above athletes? Rape, steroids, cheating, and killing dogs. Do I love watching them play their respective sports? Absolutely. But I’m one of those sports fans that can separate the game from the drama. So should everyone else.