Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at 8:00 am  |  21 responses

Polladaday: Can LeBron be forgiven?

LeBron James is getting shots thrown at him from all directions. If he leads the Heat to a Finals victory, will all be forgiven?

If the Heat win the championship, will the public forgive LeBron?

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  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    When he wins the second they will. Worked for Kobes.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    I think there needs to be more options in this survey.

  • kstack82

    Forgiven for what. He did what he could for the team while he was there. The organization couldn’t put together team that could provide him with what he wanted and that’s a ring. Shaq did the same thing when he left the Magic for the Lakes

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    I sure hope so. The only problem I have with this situation is the way HOW he did it. Other than that, he’s a free man who choose to play with his superfriends and even left some money on the table so a championship team can be build. That’s fine with me. But like I said: a bit more class regarding to his old team would’ve made me respect him more. The one hour ESPN thing was flat-out embarrassing. But as a huge NBA fan, in the end all that matters to me is what happens ON the court.

  • EJ

    Forgive him for what? For not winning a championship in Cleveland? I’m sure Cleveland fans would be even more pissed off if he won a championship. The only way people of Cleveland/Ohio will forgive him is that if he wins a championship for them.

  • Groves

    Cleveland’s attitude toward LeBron is starting to become pathetic. He didn’t owe them anything, he was a free agent, if he wanted to leave, he could. If he wanted to run an ESPN hour special to announce his decision, why not? cleveland found out exactly the same way as miami (the tem he was going to) and all the other teams, he didn’t owe them any more than that. it doesn’t matter how he announced it, it can’t be considered bad judgement on lebrons part, he did what he was allowed to

  • Groves

    he has nothing to be forgiven for

  • Yesse

    Oh my god. Are you guys serious with these polls?

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    i agree with Gerard. A free agent is entitled to go wherever he wants. Sure, it may not have been very old school of him to team up with Wade and Bosh, but it wasn’t wrong and it was the smart move from a basketball perspective. But the ESPN special really was way too much (especially that “i’m going to take my talents to South Beach” line–I wanted to puke). I even started to get the feeling that he’d decided on Miami way before that and was just enjoying all the attention that came with people being unsure of where he was going to go.

  • tavoris

    co-sign Gerard. People outside of Ohio don’t really care anymore. A season without his egomaniac showboating will go a long way towards reclaiming his fans.

  • Savage Dragon

    The public is fickle, let him get enough SportsCenter highlights and win a championship pretty soon and the public will swear that Lebron has always been the best player, most humble star that ever existed. I’m a Kobe fan so I’ve seen it happen. Hell if he wins 2 or 3 in a row, they’ll probably forget he ever played for some city called Cleveland

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Hell hath no fury (was a great album) like a city scorn.

  • James aka…

    I think forgiven would only apply to clevelanders. The real damage is to the idea that he is a champion on his own. He didn’t just go to a better situation, he went to a situation where he teamed up with 2 of the 10 best players in the league in order to try to guarentee a win. Its like anti-competition, like if Karl Malone teamed up with michael and Larry bird in order to win it all (i realize malone’s better than bosh by a lot, but its a close analogy). Lebron didn’t struggle to win on his own, hes gone to a siatuation where you have all star starters at 3 out of 5 positions. Unless they go 73-9 followed by 4 4 4 4 it will seem underwhelming. as for the analogy to shaq, shaq left for money, and no one on the lakers at that time is in the same galaxy as the heat right now. Eldon Cambpell is no Bosh, and Eddie Jones is no Dwade

  • Feez2

    lol I remember kobe’s high school presser and when he went up there all smug and said “I’ve decided to skip college and take my talents to the NBA” yes kobe said that(lebron pretty much jacked that from Kobe) And guess what? Philly STILL hates him for that bc they think he left too soon… And the 01 finals had something to do with it when Kobe said he would “rip their hearts out”. What I’m trying to say is Kobe after 14 yrs has not been forgiven by the masses in Philly. I don’t expect Cleveland to forgive him. Now for the rest of us will prolly forgive and forget after he wins a couple rings. Well unless you are a lakers fan… Laker fans will keep this running for a long time.

  • JTaylor21

    I don’t understand how people try to place what bron did which he had every right to do in the same category as Kobe’s transgressions with that white broad. There’s nothing criminal or bad in what bron did, so how come people keep comparing the two. Laker fans are buffoons for heavily criticizing bron’s actions while acting like Kobe’s the poster child for everything good with the world today. It doesn’t matter if bron wins 6 chips in a row, people and laker suckers will still hate him no matter what.

  • EJ

    Feez2 and JTaylor21, I’m a Lakers fan and I got nothing to forgive Lebron. He has been acting like a punk for the last two years, but I ogt nothing against him, I don’t like him that much, but that’s it. And I don’t think they will win a title this year atleast. If he wins a ring or a few, then I will be pissed off at him, cause I want them to LA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    cosign Gerard.. if you think the espn thing is ok you are stupid..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If you think this poll is ok, you’re stupid.

  • JoeMaMa

    I forgave LeBron after he beat my Raptors when RuPaul’s chickenhead trashtalked him. I forgave him after he danced like an idiot on the sidelines countless times like a court jester. I forgave him when he confiscated the tape of Jordan Crawford spreading his manlove on him. And I forgive him for being a big headed fool on TV, while hooking up the Boys and Girls Club with millions.

    Because he dunks good.

  • Coney Islander

    So every free agent needs to be forgiven for signing with new teams in pursuit of better odds at winning a title?

  • http://facebook D00m

    those wont be Lebrons chips if they do win.. they’ll always be DWADES.. and he’ll always have one more ring than Lebron will ever have.. always.. so yeee