Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  107 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire: LeBron Needs to Connect Better With Public

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Even prior to LeBron James’ bitter and bone-headed comments following the Miami Heat’s elimination from the NBA Finals, people were already rooting against him for a slew of reasons, most of which had nothing to do with the game of basketball.

James tried to clarify what he meant, but the PR damage had already been done.

Amar’e Stoudemire, a beloved figure in New York and across the NBA, has some advice for LBJ about dealing with the general public.

According to STAT, LeBron needs to work on connecting better with the common individual, the way Michael Jordan (supposedly) did during his day.

From the NY Times:

“I think you have to conduct yourself in way that people can relate to you,” said Stoudemire. “The more they can relate to you, the more they will appreciate you.”

Stoudemire, a fan favorite in New York, was clearly bothered by James’s remarks. “Everybody has their own way of commenting on things, but I would have commented differently,” Stoudemire said. “One thing about Michael Jordan was that no matter how great he was and how much of a platform he stood on, he still related to all the hard workers out there in the world. I think LeBron is still young,” Stoudemire added, “and there is still time for him to reconnect with the public.”

This is all well and good, but the fact remains that LeBron and MJ inhabit completely different worlds and realities.

Michael Jordan was a perfectly packaged star whose faults — being a prick to teammates, a gambler, a womanizer, etc. — were largely ignored and hidden by the media (which was terrified to lose access.) LeBron James, obviously, isn’t afforded any of that shelter by today’s media culture.

LeBron can work on being a nicer, more “connected” and tactful guy in front of the public, but only one thing is likely to get him back in people’s good graces: winning.

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  • gubbins

    Lebron needs to re-connect with reality & grasp the notion that people who criticise him are not all ‘haters’ and beneath him by association.

  • Riggs

    i was a young kid and i knew all of that about jordan, so how was it hidden?

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    lebron looks more like a sore loser after hearing all what he said. just made me laugh and hate him more!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Stop putting MJ and Lebron name is the same sentence, lets first see if Lebron can get past Kobe career and right now, Wade has a better career going than Lebron and will always have one more Finals MVP, and one more ring than Lebron in my book. BOOK IT!!

  • Paps

    those beneath me recognize the red bottoms i wear. UNGH!

  • Scott

    …but he has Tweeter?

  • SixftShaq

    I once read on the internet that, during the post-game celebration after having won the title, with the handing out of the trophy and all, a ( benchwarming) teammate of MJ’s came to him, happily shouting ‘We did it!’, and MJ answered ‘No, I did it’. Has someone else also heard of this? Or is it just one of those stupid rumors?

  • kh

    I know I’m getting old when Amare is calling Lebron young!

  • ClydeSays

    Oof, Is this gonna continue all Summer? I’m already sick of it? How about the draft? Free Agency?


    thats why u dont hire ur “boys” 2 work 4 u…he needs a publisist that can teach him how 2 relate 2 the media instead off his dumb a$s friends that dont know squat!

  • MikeC.

    @ClydeSays: The weak draft and the pending lockout are going to drag the Heat-Hate out all summer long. There aren’t any major stars in the draft to get excited about and the lockout will kill free agency. Looks like this is going to it for NBA news for a few months. Player Hater’s Ball: Hate Hate Hate Hate!

  • r2j

    MJ had some failures too. Isaiah and Detriot beat them 3 years straight and Nick Anderson stealing the ball from MJ in 95′. He learned thru his mistakes and failures and rose back again. LeBron just needs better security behind him and just don’t say anything dumb. He did come straight outta High School in 03′.

  • Brahsef

    Looks like people can’t get enough of LeBron’s dick in their mouth. Rick Barry and now Amare giving their two cents. Amare, learn to play a lick of defense before you critique Bron Bron. Can we just agree to not having anymore news related to LeBron during the summer unless its actually important? That’s all im askin

  • Kas

    Who cares if you’re a womanizer as long as you’re a nice guy? I dislike Lebron first and foremost because I don’t enjoy watching him play (so not smooth), and lately also because from the little i see from him, he seems like a terrible human being. And I think he’s dumb as f**k

  • David Moore

    The comments made by LeBron are not bitter and bone headed, especially after the way everyone threw him and the Heat under the bus this season. There’s a lot of haters in the world. He was just making it public.

  • Anthony

    his words were adressed to the haters but they where takng out of context by the media and all ya idiots believe it just like evry thing else. Amare should learn how to shut up and learn how to not get swept by seinor citizens. He could learn from lebron. Everybody on this site sounds just like those dumb espn analyst…. Nobodys born with the killer instict you, gotta learn how to become that player….. MJ had to work.. let lebron do him and let him breathe…….

  • Anthony

    @kas Lebron’s comments were def directed towards you…..

  • bike

    So just how was LeBron supposed to respond to someone asking him does it bother you that so many people want you to fail? The question was idiotic and rude. How would anyone feel, after failing at something, about getting asked how do they feel about all the people that hate them? The media are jerks. Kick someone when they are down and then rake them over the coals.

  • T-Money

    amar’e, really? who the eff cares about what amar’e thinks of lebron’s public image? this is the media fault, why do they even ask questions about lebron to freaking golfers and baseball players? and i mean, bron is first in shoes, jerseys and endorsement money so… he’s alright.

  • neaorin

    Hell, even some answer along the lines of “haters gonna hate” would’ve been better than what we got. Instead he went with “I’m so much better than you”. Okay then.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Miami lost but they were the best losers in the NBA. Lebron will be ok. Forget PR forget better people around him. What he could do is spend some summers enrolled in college. More than academic lessons learned there.


    Keep doin your thing Bron , ignoring leaches, working hard & dominating like you do , just be yourself , thats all your fans want you to be. Amare aint ish. He’s jealous & frustrated & has had enough of losing , in fishing as well (+ where is his funny jewish hat he said he was gonna rock more often ? ) Dont worry that title’
    s gonna come & itl taste sweeter than anybody can imagine, while leavin a bitter taste in the hata’z jealous ugly mushes.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher


  • BostonBaller

    STOP w/ it already. If LBJ was still with the Cavs and said the exact same thing he would not get this much “heat” (pun intended) He gets this b/c of the way he left the Cavs AND b/c he formed an incredible alliance. I don’t buy the “he’s young’ angle nor do I buy the he’s an %&&*$%& angle. He reacted to what he felt were attacks on his game and character PLUS he was pissed that he had just lost another chance at a ring. It’s comical all the hate he gets and even more comical when I read all the love-fest. NO LOCK OUT PLEASE!!!!! WNBA time!

  • Sizzle

    I love posters/people like Neaorin who translate what LBJ, spin it (in a negative fashion and then rehash it as a direct quote. The media has spun (what they do all the time) what he said into something all together different. I saw him make the comment live and didn’t have a problem with it, because I understood the message of life goes on for you me and everyone else in the world. People that turn it into the “I have money and you don’t” mostly have a bias against LeBron to begin with. As for the MJ comparisons thank you SLAM for pointing out that MJ was no saint himself. People look at Jordan as the basketball god because of the 6 chips and clutch performances but they ignore someone who routinely berated his teammates, talked trash, obsessively gambled (and yes I am sure it affected his game at times) and was a womanizer. I think when LeBron wins 1 or 2 rings (I am hoping he does) people will forget a lot of this stuff. Look how people turned on Kobe after he won without Shaq, while he is still hated it is not nearly as bad as it used to be. And Kobe is one of the (if not the greatest) fake people in the league. Remember in Kobe doing work when he was cracking jokes and talking to his teammates during the game and they just looked at him with a blank stare dumbfounded. Lay off people. It will all pass.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I agree with Marcel, LeBron just needs to start winning, that’s the only way to get back in the general populations good graces.

  • neaorin

    I love people like Sizzle who talk about others spinning stuff their way, then proceed to do the same in the same paragraph. But you are excused if you see someone say “I’m better than you” and automatically translate it into “I have more money”. It’s what this society has conditioned us to do.

  • Hurricane

    @kas – yes, LeBron does come across as being dumb as f@ck. Being unable to speak properly, especially when you have been doing it for 26+ years (especially with the last 10 of it being in the public eye), means you are probably a dumb person. I mean, come on man! It’s speaking, we do it all day everyday…need to learn how to do so properly.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he never said “I’m better then you.” That is made up don’t believe ^. smh

  • toinefan88

    I think when Lebron develops more spiritually his game will follow suit.

  • neaorin

    No he didn’t say those words but that was the gist of his reply, to an admittedly bone-headed question. I wasn’t really advocating him saying the words “haters gonna hate” either.

  • Yesse

    I agree with Amare, and this is probably the first time

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that is not what he said to the question. “What they think doesnt bother me… Because tomorrow they go back to the real world… They go back to their jobs, their problems… Me? Im gonna live life the way I’ve been living life…. They go back to their jobs and problems…” – That is a direct quote, and has nothing to do with “being better” then anyone or hinting at such. Just that everyone has problems, all more important then basketball. Its PATHETIC that people are judging a person based on press conferences and interviews, you don’t know that person, you don’t know anyone in the NBA. So your little judgment of him says more about you then him. Just because people are in the limelight doesn’t excuse you from using your logic

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Lebron James is the George W. Bush of future Hall of Famers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Imma put Lebron in a sentence with MJ!
    Lebrin isn’t even close to MJ

  • T-Money

    it’s funny to me again that barkley he’s sh-tting on him when he said 2 weeks ago that he didn’t care that miami fans were throwing things at him because he was “rich and succesful” and they “worked at mcdonald’s”. and now everyone’s offended? bunch of hypocrites.

  • Red Star

    LeBron just needs a good PR team! Problem solved!! Worked for Kobe!!!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    LeBron could hire T-Money and nbk and his rep would be golden in time for next season.

  • bull22


  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Look at Kobsters. He was universally dispised just a few years back, now only a few weird grudge keeping people still hold his past against him but they are the reason why we have the term hater. For most normal people we have all moved on and enjoyed watching him WIN. Winning for the most part cures all. (Unless you a hater) Bron its time to win and everyone will shut up. (for the most part)

  • http://espn.com ubestNOTmiss

    Lebron tanked in the finals because the mafia/ gambling syndicate threatened to kill his loved one/s if the heat won over the mavs

  • robb

    Man, no wonder Lebron’s so confused everyone and their dog have an opinion about what he needs to say or do. You know what would help? everybody should just shut up. Leave the guy alone so he can solve his issues. Every basketball fan would benefit from Lebron reaching his full potential. It would be fun to watch. Of course the media can’t do that, that’s what they do for a living, but one can only hope.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Dude needs to forget about pleasing the public and media, he needs to focus on winning games and get better every day. F*ck the BS and focus on you.


    Hurricane ! not everyone is a Jew just like You ! :-)

  • Jake

    Since when is gambling a problem if you arent endangering the well being of your family?

  • JL

    @all ball – add Jtaylor and the philosopher to it and it would practically be a PR dream team.

  • Sizzle

    neaorin there is a difference between “spinning” and “misinterpreting.” The Media largely “SPINS” what someone says, as individuals we often “misinterpret” things that are said (largely because we never have the whole story). I agree with you society has conditioned us to behave this way. I think it is terrible for sports. It’s no longer about the sport itself and more of a soap opera. In Jordan’s time we didn’t have the headlines we do now (thanks to TMZ and tabloids) the coverage of sports currently almost never deals with what actually occurs in the game. The media now is a monster that must be fed and spew out (largely to get the most publicity) whatever it can….


    JL who’s your idol Borat ?


    BETCATS is the Borat of SLAM threadz



  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Robb dude please… It’s LeBron job to ignore us and the media and focus on him. It’s not our job to make him great. It’s not our problem to fix for Bron. It’s his. Once he wins. Ev’rbody shuts thee F up. It’s up to him not us…

  • robb

    ^^^^ LakeShow
    I just think the media and basketball fans have become too aggressive towards the guy, we can criticize a player, we can dislike him, but wanting him to fail at all costs and over scrutinizing him like this is just too much. That’s cowardice, thousands (if not millions) of people against one guy is just wrong. Not everybody can be like Kobe who feeds from that, I mean that’s why I’m a Kobe fan (among other things) the guy’s mentality is just bullet proof, and the more you attack him and the more you hate him the stronger he gets, but Lebron is not like him, and we should understand that, venting frustrations on someone who’s mentally so weak is wrong I believe,

  • neaorin

    nbk, I guess everyone will hear whatever they hear, but when someone says “those people have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before today”, he’s not saying that because he thinks those people live great and fulfilling lives. Basically what I’m hearing is “your life is so sad that you need to root against me to fail in order to get your kicks, but don’t worry, you’ll have to go back to living yours any day now”. All sports fans have players they root against, for various reasons, and they also have real lives, happy or not, with big problems or small, and they still follow their teams and share in their joy or pain. If we didn’t care about anything but our personal lives we wouldn’t watch sports at all.

    I understand he was upset that they lost, and he was pissed off at the reporter’s useless question, but there were so many more ways he could’ve said “haters gonna hate” and be done with it.

  • T-Money

    all ball – my strategy would be simple: be boring and bland. being honest or entertaining is vastly overrated when you’re already established as a star. go the derek jeter, roger federer, peyton manning route: offer banalities, stick to the game and the game only, duck every sensitive topic and smile a lot. writers will complain that you’re not interesting but companies will give you tons of money and you won’t get caught up in ANY controversies.

  • T-Money

    neaorin: that’s what you want to hear. those people will have the same life they had today could also mean that miami winning or losing has no impact on your daily life so you should take a chill pill.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    fair enough neaorin

  • neaorin

    Well if what happens in the NBA has no impact on our daily lives (and it doesn’t), then why do we watch it? Why does the NBA still exist? How does pro sports survive? I mean, you are a fan too, otherwise you wouldn’t be here. Why whenever your team wins something you feel absolutely elated, but when they lose you feel sad? Aren’t you also happy whenever your rivals / players you don’t like get their asses kicked in a game?

    Yes, like Bill Simmons says, there is a difference between “real hate” and “sports hate”, but you can “sports hate” someone and root for them and their team to fail WHILE also living your own life just fine. And there are plenty of reasons to “sports hate” LeBron, some of which are of his own doing.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I also believe it’s wrong Robb and i do not do it because of that. I’ve never torn dude down, just comment on things he needs to develope the same way i would with anybody else. Tyreke Evans needs a post game and to make smarter decisions on the court. Stephen Curry needs to be more confident and agressive. Kobe needs to take smarter shots. D-Wae needs to focus more on defense throughout 48 mins. The list goes on, but we don’t need to act like we have to be careful of these BBall stars ego’s and feelings. They are men. Is it so much different on the other end of the spectrum for someone like Scottie to say he is better than MJ. I mean dude gets unnecessary praise as much as critisism. I mean one day he hears he’s better than MJ from one of MJ’s team mates and then the next he hears he’ll never win… You win some you lose some. Just keep winning and watch the STFU happen.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Smart thoughts there T-Money. You seriously should be on his PR team. Just tell him ‘NO’ every once in a while for me.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money’s comment about Barkley was perfect. The hypocrisy that he shows whenever he discusses LeBron or the Heat is funny.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    I didn’t know Stat was beloved around the league? I thought he had been knocked quite consistently for a lack of D and being injury prone? But either way, he’s got a point. Though, Lebron can still fix his image with 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 rings.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    … because Amar’e is such a PR wiz…

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    still though, he’s right. LeBron is totally alienated from his audience

  • Elliot



    read that and you will finally see what media has done to all you once lebron lovers.
    i mean heck people wern’t hating on jordan at this time in his career and he hadden’t won a single ring.

    And another thing…please get of the fricking bandwagon Amar’e

  • robb

    Lebron is surrounded by incompetent people, most of them are his friends. When you do business get professionals, when you wanna party then you can call your friends.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This LeBron hate is just getting ridiculous now. Who gives a sh!t? He hasn’t broken any laws. Why don’t we stick to what’s actually on the basketball court?

  • hirardu

    Poor dude. Those problems surely messes his mind right now. Man up lebron!

  • seriousblack

    Lebron haters and Lebron apologists are equally annoying. However, neither is more annoying than Kobe fans who can’t wait to bring his name up in comparison. Lebron’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Kobe stans delight in him being villified while the guy they worship is, was, and forever will be a bigger d-bag and sh#ttier person than Lebron.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Lakeshow: Well he’s a lot more athletic and versatile than Kyle Kucher. Not sure what his ceiling is, but i have a feeling he’ll surprise people.

  • the seed

    i m the seed. i am an idiot. BOOKIT

  • T-Money

    robb: stop being an idiot and just reciting lines from jason whitlock. his group of “incompetent people” have secured 34 mil in endorsement money from him last year, 1st in NBA. he’s a minority owner of one of the most successful football club ever, he secured a partnership with audemars piguet, an ultra-selective watchmaker, he’s got deals with nike, coke, mcdonalds. i think he’s doing okay on the business side. and the party side, for that matter. that’s really the most annoying thing when cats talk about lebron’s life. the facts are never there and it’s just some group-thinking.

  • robb

    @T-Money you don’t need geniuses to get Lebron good deals, great business opportunities or millions from sponsorships because he’s a great product, whenever you have a such a marketable athlete you don’t need revolutionary strategies, or a super talented team of experts, good products sell themselves, and any person who has the slightest idea about marketing can understand that. If you think they are competent just take a look at where Lebron is standing right now. His PR team are obviously an incompetent bunch, we wouldn’t be arguing about it if they weren’t. Who’s Jason Whitlock by the way?

  • http://sl.com Krishan

    Wait. You people actually watched the presser, and you’re still denying the “I’m better than you” context? He said it. IT WAS PLAIN AS DAY. He was emotional and heartbroken and bitter and everything, I accept that, what was said might have been brought out by the situation, and he might not have meant it, but HE SAID THOSE THINGS. Stop denying it.

  • T-Money

    robb: you’re changing your argument, you argued that he doesn’t have business savvy folks around him. he does, they get him good deals. the best deals, actually. pr was not the topic. being a minority owner of a prestigious team while still active IS revolutionary. getting paid in shares instead of cash IS revolutionary. opening up a high-end boutique IS revolutionary. maverick carter and lebron get advice from guys like phil knight and warren buffet. admit it, you were just talking out of your a–.

  • MikeC.

    @Krishan – I completely agree with you. When you watch the press conference, and don’t just read the text, it is very obvious what Lebron meant. The reporter (and I use that term loosely because it was such a loaded question to ask “hey Lebron, you just lost in the Finals which validates all the bad things everyone said about you, so how does it make you feel?”) set him up to fail. The question was a set-up, but the reaction was exactly what the ‘reporter’ was looking for. The trap was set, and Lebron walked right into it. Lebron, in his infinite wisdom that has been crafted by his crack team of marketing and PR experts that coincidentally went to high school with him (imagine that, a basketball prodigy meets up with marketing masters while they all went to the same high school in Akron! What are the odds?), decided to inform the public that everyone must now go back to living their lives while he goes on to live his. Lucky Lebron, he goes off to live his life that is made possible by idiots like us who keep shoveling our pathetic little dollars into the machine that makes his lifestyle exist.


    He does have a familly to fall back on while he works on his game for next season , & thats all he needs now before he starts taring a new one next season. Plain & simple. Yall think way too much. I bet yall are real whack ballas too. :-)

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Tha other day i asked Lebron for $1.00. He gave me 75 cents and walked away…I said “hey Lebron, I said a dollar, where’s tha rest of it”? He said “Im sorry, I dont have tha 4th quarter”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Amare Excuses

    And Amare you guys need to play better against the celtics. because you guys got swept hahah. 0-4 againts an old celtic team what a disgrace you are

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Tae – If your going to take someone elses joke, at least get it right.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    Despite Jordan’s negative points, Amar’e is right in saying how he connected to hard-working people. MJ wanted to do whatever it took to win, including being the hardest working person out there. He was the most gifted player in the league and at the same time the most competitive/hard-working. That made the common fan believe that they can be brilliant with hard-work and a will to win.
    LBJ is theoretically the most gifted in today’s NBA, but that’s all he has – gift. Since the common man doesn’t have his gifts, we find it hard to connect with him, and of course, his knuckleheaded statements don’t make it any easier.

  • neaorin

    If you want an example of people mixing real life and sports in ways they shouldn’t, take a luck at those Canucks fans who rioted a couple of nights ago. Lots of people rooted against LeBron but I doubt we’d have seen any rioting if the Heat had won.

  • Gaz

    Gaz: BETCATS is gay


    Long Live The “King”

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    @Dacre, u know i had to tweak it a lil bit. But that ish was funny when i first saw it! Lol

  • vtrobot

    Shout out to nbk, Boston Baller, and T-Money. “those people have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before today” means that no one’s life got better because LBJ lost. Ease up everybody. Dude JUST lost the NBA Finals.

  • David

    Amare needs to connect better on defensive end and maybe he can taste the finals & wont get swept in 1st round of playoffs

  • chuck cosby

    so for a black man to humble him self and kiss more Anglo butt, is the answer to hostile and bias Anglo Americans loving a rich black athlete? Then what about the fact that both the Heat and Lakers games were fixed…what is the answer to that.

  • dza

    amare should’ve said, “that’s what you get for not coming to NY!”


    Everybody has a gift you dumba$$ !!

  • George

    @the author of this story.
    You are mentally ill,get some help,before its too late!!!!

  • George

    To all of you who posted negative comments about Lebron James,you really need to seek mental help!!!! To hate someone because of where & how he plays “BASKETBALL”, Now that is really “SICK”!!!





  • bigglouu

    What da hell has Stoudemire done

  • Joey

    What many people also forget about Michael Jordan, is that he was not annointed the “King” at the start of his career.

    Heck, he wasn’t even drafted first.

    He had to work to become great, just like he had to in college, and that mattered.

    Everyone anointed LeBron great from day one, and he’s acted that way, and has acted like he should be handed the championship.

    In the end…. actions speak louder than words.

  • Joey

    Hey Janice, (aka LeBron’s Mom)

    You need to teach your boy manners, and teach him how to grow up, and maybe he’ll win a championship and people will stop criticizing him.

    And stop yelling. We can hear you… even up in the nose bleed seats…. crakhore.

  • Joey

    I hear LeBron choked because he heard that Wade was banging his girlfriend behind his back, cuz she wanted to see what it was like to get it from a real winner! LOL!

  • sherri

    WOW! I’m a Cav’s fan and a Knick’s fan, and I could have never imagined that “karma” would take hold of LeBron like this. I was never mad at him, or hating on Lebron ( just thought he should get a PR person, instead of Pookie & Junebug from the block)but he is actually hated by the whole country…I feel sorry for my homey, he’s still an Ohioan!

  • http://aolblackvoices Craig

    Prior to the 2010-2011 NBA season I was indifferent to Lebron…didn’t like him..didn’t dislike him. Thought he was a great player but with him playing in Cleveland, I never really followed him. However with all the hate going at him because he exercised his right to dictate where he wanted to play I have become a fan. Now after 8 months of hate thrown at him he finally responds (the exact way I would have, but his language was cleaner than mine would have) and you say his remarks were bitter and boneheaded. So he is just supposed to be another turn the other cheek, stay in his place BOY. Please!! I applaud him for what he said. After what he has had to put up with, especially from you media types, I say its about time he told all ya’ll to go to hell. And now Amare wants him to kiss fans ass so he can relate to the working man. This from a man making $20 million. Oh yeah, Amare really relates to the common man. That statement proves that Amare is just another brother who has sold his integrity and guts for money. He wants to be liked by the white public and wants to be seen as non-threatening so he can make some endorsement $. What happened to the Ali’s, Jim Browns, Abdul Jabbar’s of the world. They weren’t like by many but they had integrity, pride, and held their head high. William C. Rhoden’s book $40 million slaves is about athletes like Amare, Jordan, Kobe, and Tiger. They are poster children for that topic.

  • Sylk

    LBJ has been a winner his whole life and the haters have been hating long before the finals. After all the rings he’ll end up getting the haters will still hate and try and use every excuse to justify being an LBJ hater.

  • adixjr

    the heat predicted the championship, oh they fell short they’re the second best team in the world. how dreadful.

  • Jeff

    I would have….I would have…He should have….He should have…Blah, Blah, Blah. Monday morning quarterbacks and back seat drivers! There has never been a professional athlete scrutinized like LBJ in the history of American sports! NEVER! Leave this guy alone and let him play basketball!

  • joey

    Hey Craig, Here is exactly what happened to Ali, Jim Brown, and Abdul Jabar.

    Ali is a walking Retard.

    Jim Brown is a recluse racist that no one wants to associate with.

    Asn Jabbar is fight for his life from cancer due to all the hate he had towards whitey and non muslims.

    KARMA has a funny way of showing its face just like it did with JaBron.

    Next time, pick better examples.

  • Jill

    Here’s a question: Why would a multimillionaire NBA star NOT have a PR person coach him on what to say and what not to say? Do they not go through some sort of training on how to interact with the media and the public? It’s ridiculous how poor Lebron is at this.

    What ALL players in ALL professional sports need to remember is that, if it weren’t for us fans, they would NOT have their jobs and huge paychecks!!! It’s sad but many of today’s professional athletes don’t seem to understand this fact. I don’t think Lebron does.

  • http://slam Mitch P

    Rick Barry is right and if you refuse to beleive that you have your head up your uneducated !!! I am a huge LeBron fan, but he has needed two things to be the best player that ever picked up a ball and that includes Jordan. He needs to develop his back to the basket game big time and he needs to polish his mid range jumper so he will stop passing it up. One summer spent with Kobe working on his post up game and he would have the confidence to be aggressive in all situations. If he would get his shooting elbow in more just like Rick Barry said, and develop the other two skills, he would be the best offensive player in the league by far next season. Without those skills he could still lead the league in scoring any time he wanted to. Lastly, coach Spol killed jim this year. He only ran plays for him in the finals, the rest of the season he is running pick and roll which only hurts LB and simply puts a second defender in his way to beat, idiotic. Flatten eveyone out on the base line and let Bron beat his man off the dribble face to face eveytime to the rim. He can’t be stopped when he has that set period. Coaches get a clue, world lay the hell off !!!

  • http://aol Patricia Williams

    I think Lebron needs to go back to college, get some education and he will be fine. Everyone seems to have forgotten that he was 17-18 when he came out of High school and went to the NBA. In my eyes your still a child. And we all know about his Mother, she sure didn’t teach him any thing GOOD. She’s still making a fool out of him. I’m sure that relationship has an effect on him.

  • Marcel

    He was the number 1 overall pick tho so that’s all tht matters