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Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  189 responses

LeBron James Addresses His Haters


The media asked LeBron what he thought of the people who delighted in his Finals shortcomings, and an understandably frustrated James shot back with a not-so-elegant response: “Q. LeBron, obviously you’ve dealt with so much criticism for the last year that wasn’t at all to do with basketball. When you’re getting criticized for what’s happening on the court, does that bother you? LeBRON JAMES: No, that doesn’t bother me. I understand this is a huge stage, and you want to perform well for nobody else besides your teammates. That’s ultimately what it’s about for me. If I can play well for my teammates, help my teammates win basketball games, then I’m always satisfied with that. It hurts me, and I get on myself when I’m not able to play well and help my teammates win. Q. Does it bother you that so many people are happy to see you fail? LeBRON JAMES: Absolutely not. Because at the end of the day, all the people that was 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. 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 have to get back to the real world at some point.”

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  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Bosh cryin’ is better than this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I have as much rings as Lebron!
    Poor Dampier losing against the Heat in 06 and to the Mavs in 11 lol

  • Mark

    And in the real world, LeBron is now a Scottie Pippen. A KG waiting for his Paul Pierce

  • AD

    well said lebron speak da truth…… the haters gotta find someone new to hate now……. Dey prolly gon get back to Obama… But Seriously the heat loss because their offense sucks….. its either fastbreak points, isolation or pick n rolls thats it…… They need a pg,C, and Lebron needs to work on his J so he can have confidence in the 4th qrt

  • kh

    It’s hard to comment on his ignorance due to the timing of the question. Even though it’s part of the job, it must be challenging to face the media after the biggest L of your life.

    P.S. Lebron, I love my life!

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    LBJ just says and does a lot of things to give his haters ammo. His remarks in the postgame presser will certainly get criticized. Also, after the game he said “The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t my time.” A. God didn’t stop you from developing any sort of post moves in 26 years. B. God didn’t make you stand in place in the 4th Quarters. C. Where was this mind set when you were promising multiple championships in the pre-seasons?

  • ASH

    haha. that is hillarious beecause without those people not “living in the real world” lebron would be back in akron making tires, idiot.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Not so elegantly put?
    Au contraire, he just mastered the art of stating ‘i’m rich, biatch!’
    Loved that answer and his expression when he said it. Equal parts bravado and anger.
    Oh, and DALLAS MAVERICKS, 2011 NBA CHAMPIONS.
    YEEEEHAWWW!

  • ErnieD

    “all the people that was 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.”

    Word to LBJ… that life you are talking about? It’s called “Basketball.”

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    He who calls himself the King can’t handle the pressure, and then he lashes out at his critics when he fails to deliver when it matters most. What a LeBaby.

  • http://Www.legendofmrpalmer.tumblr.com DP

    I don’t hate Lebron. I strongly dislike him for my own personal
    Reasons for when I met him in person. He is completely right though, we all we go back to our simple
    Lives while he is living it up in Miami. We are simpletons to Lebron and after
    Having a conversation with him, I can see who this bastard really is. He is very skilled, however, and I don’t take that from him at all. He just needs to grow more as a leader in late periods of the game and he will be fine.

  • http://aol.com Dan from Cleveland

    LeBron, it is wrong to assume people are happy because you lost. They are happy because you are learning you reap what you sow.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    tell em how ya feel, bron.
    i thought his answer was just the right amount gangsta.

  • Riggs

    How about just shutting the eff up and being humble?

  • AD

    Lebron never called himself the King……the media called him that

  • renex

    Its not that we hate ledron james, its ur lack of respect for fans, peers and everyone in general. You should not talk at all. Every time you talk you find a way ti come out as an outright spoiled brat, ungrateful, unappreciative. Im glad u didnt win, and until you start behaving like a man and a star, I will keep rooting that you dont.

  • deez nuts in lebrons mouth

    Just the right amount of gangsta?! Ahahahaha dumbest statement ever! Im a white boy from the suburbs and I got more gangsta in my big toe than Lebron does period. Lebron can take his money and stick it up his ass!

  • Re: DP

    Hey DP,
    Curious what Lebron said to you..

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    When you win, say little. When you lose, say less.

  • Zabba

    AD: “This is the King speaking.” That’s how Lebron answers the phone. The media may’ve given him the title but he has been reveling in it ever since.

  • Sizzle

    I think his quote is being largely taken out of context. What I think personally think he met is the following: you people have expounded all this energy and hate towards me all year and in the end I lost. What did you gain out of it? Your life hasn’t dramatically changed, you still have the same problems, aside from a small satisfaction for a few days maybe months LeBron losing (or even if he won) has a marginal if any impact on your life as a whole. In short, it doesn’t change anything. People (because of who he is) automatically equate it to LeBron = More money, arrogance, better than you. I completely understand what he is trying to say and I completely agree with it. Because of who he is though, EVERYTHING no matter how miniscule of a comment is overblown and spun a certain way. A lot of it I believe is the media is out to get him now since the circus act of the decision. Just my two cents though. Anyone agree or care to discuss more?

  • orso94

    It’s cool to showcase that swag’ in the interview room.
    The Heat would have been better off if he had shown it on the court.
    That’s just great p.r all the way through, LeBron. Keep it up !!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @ DP what did he say?

  • RunNGun

    With such comments, LeBron still hasn’t learned his lesson and knows no humility. He is no king but a pauper.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    orso94, you a funny mother f’er.

  • Ali

    I don’t think Bron has a humble bone in his body. Dirk said it best childish and ignorant.

  • MikeD

    Lebron answered that question with total lack of class. He reminds me of those lottery winners that suddenly think they are better than everyone else.

  • Tom

    Lebron right, everyone in here would rather be him than yourself, live wit it the man asked him a questions and he answered it..

  • http://www.slamonline.com big_ticket

    bron still my man,i’ll still love him,i could care less on what people say,bron or kg hurt losing,im losing too,bron will have his revenge next season

  • Zabba

    Lebron didn’t just insult all his haters but his fans too. I mean I’m sure they’re not all rich like Lebron, too.

  • Tom

    whats real clear though is how the nba covered the coward that is Marc Cuban the whole nba finals…and then Marc Cuban gonna renege on calling out Lebron?! WTF, last summer he said Lebron’s decision was the “largest public humiliation in the history of sports”, then Mr. Cuban gets interviewed and they win the championship and slyly puts in there that Lebron receives way too much criticism from the press…but completely didn’t apologize for his own actions against Lebron, and then says well Lebron has to deal with it and its not my problem. Open your eyes people if Lebron is some bum little kid then Marc Cuban is a fetus or an infant baby. Why didn’t any of this Cuban Lebron beef get even mentioned during the finals, because the nba stands by its owners and lets the players get blamed for everything, this is how all media works, yall bum fans should realize this by now….

  • anonymous

    The fact that he answered this way shows that the ‘haters’ do get to him.

  • vtrobot

    RE: The Greater Man. He’s clearly more thankful of all of Jet’s support, and He showed him.

  • Superman

    Where are your promises 3 queens? Haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    The Frozen One. LOL

  • Dean Oost

    While it is true that I will return to my life, which is not lived in a Mansion and not blessed with a
    Bentley in the driveway, it is also true that we do have one thing in common. Neither of us has won an NBA championship. This is how this man views the working public, the same “man” who has the gall to suggest God will provide him with a championship when it is his time. God isn’t listening. Blessed are the meek.

  • Cizzo

    I never seen a player with less amount of integrity as Lebeoch… Dude went all the way left field with those comments… he might as well say I’m still rich you broke ass fools! Eff basketball….. How can anybody like a larger than life type like him? Nobody is mad about the decission…. It was how 316 preordained their sucess.. Basketall suicide allday! He will be extremely lucky if he win one ring and that’s a big maybe… I can’t see him him winning onewith the team on his back…. Speculate on the future all yall need too? And save the pardes and celebrations until yall win something? Nobody ever won a championship on paper.. the regular season… or on Sportcenter… He’s the most immature, overrated, one demensional superstar that I’m still waiting to show? No love ever to those clowns and he got a lot work to do! Lebeoch and Christina ooo i think i should cry now Bosh.. do yall want some cheese with that wine Fun Boys?

  • Jackie Moon

    LOL, yes I will get back to the real world at some point, and at that moment, I will still have the same amount of rings as Lebron: ZERO.

  • renex

    The state farm ad got it right… Hand us binkie for baby bron!

  • flimo

    No ring king? No king at all, lol.

  • Tom

    and please, lebron has been the most scrutinized athlete ever, there has not been one person who has taken more nonsense from sports writers/ analyzing than him, put yourself in his shoes what would you have said? what he said was the truth, haters can never accept the truth..

  • misso

    He jus simply has no class

  • ThaWindy

    You can never believe your own press. Good or bad. They say they dont care about what people think but they make a spoof vid of “choking not coughing”. Why? To prove something EVERYbody knows? They became unglued to the pressure and like they have done all year never took true responsibility for their actions. Thinkg they their greatest would make up for it and it didnt. I wish them the best but grow up.

  • Tom

    i stand corrected, barry bonds has been more scrutinized than lbj, and look at him, he keeps his mouth shut and is not relevant anymore, so is that the way you should play? this is chess not checkers!

  • tweedster

    Tom Posted: Jun.13 at 10:33 am
    Lebron right, everyone in here would rather be him than yourself, live wit it the man asked him a questions and he answered it..

    Hey, first off, learn how to formulate a sentence my man. Maybe you want to be LeBron, but you certainly don’t have the ability to speak for everyone else on this board. If you really want to be LeBron James instead of you, that’s cool, but for I’d rather e a winner like Jason Terry or Brian Cardinal! LMAO

    (By the way, nobody is disputing that LeBron was indeed answering a question, we’re reacting to his lame ass, embittered answer.)

  • shuref00t

    I was initially annoyed by LeBron’s comments when I first heard it. But reading them again, I realized they’re not so bad, keeping in mind they were directed towards the people who want to seem him fail, as opposed to fans in general. But now a days, the majority of fans in general are LeBron haters (myself included), so I understand why his comments could be taken out of context.

  • ripslam

    This f*cking guy.

  • tweedster

    “Sizzle Posted: Jun.13 at 9:48 am
    I think his quote is being largely taken out of context.”

    Misinterpreted, maybe, but the context is all there.

    I may have agreed with you except for a couple of things:

    A) The inclusion of “I’m going to continue to live my life the way I want” makes it a clear reference to his Miami lifestyle, Bron’s set, normal losers have to wake up and “and have the same life that they had before they woke up today.” Oh, and other people will still have personal problems too.

    B) LeBron hasn’t shown that’s he’s some sort of existentialist philosopher up there at the podium.

    On top of that, there’s the stone cold fact that sports are about rooting against teams/players nearly as much as rooting for a team – but it doesn’t mean that you actually count the experience as a life defining thing – it’s entertainment. For LeBron to believe his “haters” are so deeply invested in how his game goes that they forget they exist in the “real world” is an awesomely arrogant way to think of the situation.

    I mean, would LeBron say the same type of statement if the Heat won, to all his fans? “Hey guys, relax, I know we won and that’s cool, but you still have to wake up being you. This isn’t a big deal. I’m still going to be me and you’ll still wake up with your personal problems.” The answer, of course, is no.

    I can see your take on it, but I really have to disagree with you.

  • spamslots

    The thing about Lebron’s post-game comments is that if you take them together with all the things he’s said over the years, he’s got a pathological state of mind and needs a shrink. He’s surrounded himself with enablers and suck-ups that tell him he’s awesome and reassure him that nothing is ever his fault, always letting him excuse himself from responsibility. Whenever he hears or reads criticism, it always seems to come from the outside world. It sounds like he’s slowly starting to develop paranoia. And obviously, he’s a narcissist. He could be so much better as a player (and a person) if he had some friends he trusted that could talk to him straight and point out when he’s screwing up. I think the truth is that for all his money and all the people he surrounds himself with, Lebron James is a very lonely man without any true friends.

  • Tom

    @tweedster i stand corrected, the sentence goes as follows:

    Lebron IS right (i forgot the IS, grow up stop commenting on grammatical errors hater)
    and if you want to be Brian Cardinal, that just proves that your young, that man is the exact reason the NBA was supposed to implement a technical foul for flopping. You want to be Jason Terry the guy who prematurely put a nba trophie on his biceps?! Yeah, cause that is much better than LBJ putting a tattoo of King James or Chosen One on his back when he was like 16. Oh no wait, its okay when your 34 years old and make those moves though right? At the end of the day Jason Terry did his thing, but he is no different than Lebron. Just perceived different, cause haters will always stay blinded.

  • Tyrant56

    Where was this defiance and arrogance on the court? I know the heat could’ve used it.

  • Tom

    I think Lebron has a practicing problem, I think he practices a lot but I think he practices the wrong way, he needs to start perfecting things that he is good at, he doesn’t have a go to move, he needs to pay more attention to detail, this is involves coaching and proper trainers, enter phil jackson next year

  • spamslots

    Tom, I am not a hater. I’ve been a Lebron fan for a long time. It makes me quite sad seeing him go down this path. And Jason Terry is a lot different from Lebron James. James has absolutely no one that can tell him when he is screwing up who he will listen to. He even tunes out Wade. Whereas Jason Terry actually will hear Nowitzki and Kidd and Carlisle – if JET screws up, he will admit it. Whereas any time Lebron talks about this sort of things, he NEVER EVER admits he made a mistake. It’s NEVER his fault. “We played good enough to win.” “Sometimes you just don’t have it.” Excuses! When Dirk lost in 06 you could see the regret oozing off of him – this year and in past years where Lebron came up short, he just seems to tune out, disconnect.

  • Tom

    What are you talking about, did you see the press conference, he said that he personally failed! And he said he is disappointed and failed his teammates. This finals experience like his last one was a personal failure check the post game. You are a hater if you cannot comprehend that. They asked if they choked, no man in history will admit to choking, they said give Dallas credit. And Jason Terry a 34 year old prematurely puts a tattoo on his arm, that is on the same level as lebron saying at a younger age that they are going to win 7 rings. I think he puts a lot of blame on himself for the loss, but haters can’t look at the positive side of things, at the end of the day there will be tomorrow which is what they are looking forward to, thats what I got from the press game. Who wants to stay in a moment of failure, should he have cried and complained?

  • Jer dawg

    Love these long paragraphs. Media asks the dumb questions and players try to answer succinctly without being pissed off. Well, whatever helps him sleep good at nights. Losing is extremely hard when it’s this close. So, he should just buy a new exotic car, cruise around, and relax in an exotic beach or country where they don’t know him. He’s got plenty of resources to do that. Cell phone off and family & friends around with great food.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    Its easy to criticize LeBron when you’re not in his shoes. Its impossible for him to ignore the amount of negativity he receives on a daily basis and I think sometimes it gets to him. Its not always easy to hold your tongue when you’re upset.

  • Bunny

    Every word can be twisted to mean something else.If Lebrom had said I love you HATERS he would be accused of sarcasm.No one in the publics eye can say anything that cannot be twisted to mean something else.That”s the beauty of the english language.

  • Jackie Moon

    Kobe would never had said something like this.

  • Ali

    @ DFrance21 Bron did it to himself. From the Decision, to the Big 3 into concert, to the tweets, to clowning Dirk, to his season ending interview, So that’s why alot more people are dumping on him than when the season started. And how he went out these last few game ain’t help. Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, and DeShawn Stevenson all took turns guarding this guy. He is missing something upstairs (in his head). Take these guys downlow and punish them. Force them to foul you! Whatever it is he is missing, it hurts his game and the team in cruchtime. All the greats have this particular thing that helps them FIGHT, SCRATCH AND CLAW their teams to win big games and championships. At this time in his career he ain’t got that thing!

  • Sizzle

    @tweedster – I think no matter which way he answered the question, he was doomed. I do not believe his POINT was to come off as I am in MIA and the rest of you are losers who go back to the real world. His choice of wording may not have been the best, but I still believe (and even thought when I heard him answer it the first time live) that he was saying your life isn’t going to change and my life isn’t going to change. He is going to live the way he wants REGARDLESS of how people view him. Some say that is honest, some say that is arrogant. Your other point, sadly I truly feel a lot of people (ahem Cleveland) have a lot of energy invested in LeBron losing. The sadder part even still is there really are people that invested in sports
    (besides the players themselves) that a win or loss is traumatic for them. My final point is no matter what this guy says or does it is severely scrutinized, over analyzed, and in some cases taken completely out of context and spun. Take for instance the title of this headline. It is styled in a way to make you think LBJ came to the podium or issued some sort of decree against his haters. In actuality he viewed it as a passing question (along with 10-11 other passing questions) during a press conference after a series they just lost. TMZ and to an extent ESPN has ruined sports. Remember when the game was about the game? Now it’s the scandal leading into the game, arrests, shows, etc related to anything BUT the game. Can’t the MAVS just be congratulated as the better team in the series? But instead it is, LBJ Failed. Just my observations.

  • Joblo

    Lebron is a punk and will never understand what it takes to b a winner

  • bill breedley

    never ever ever put queenside kick in any kobe and mj conversation. boy cant even win one ring as a sidekick.
    worse performance of a supposed superstar in the finals ever. amazing how so many were shocked. the boy lacks guts in pressure situations. getting swept against the spurs was not about his “weak” cast or his being young then…. boy has talent but doesnt have the ice in his veins necessary to be a champ

  • bill breedley

    bosh actually has more heart than bron! sad

  • tweedster

    @tom

    @tweedster i stand corrected, the sentence goes as follows: Lebron IS right (i forgot the IS, grow up stop commenting on grammatical errors hater)

    Please Tom, grow up AND stop calling people haters because they don’t want to be LeBron James like you do.

    The main thrust of your post seemed to be that everyone in the world would rather be LeBron James than themselves, and that’s what I disagreed with. If you’re going to concentrate on Brian Cardinal’s flop or JET’s tattoo, that’s fine. You’re still wrong that everybody would rather be LeBron than themselves.

    If you think what I wrote proves I’m “young,” whatever the heck that means, than your use of the term “hater” proves you’re jock-rider. Run along and sniff Bron’s jock homie, and keep wishing that you are him instead of you.

  • tweedster

    @sizzle

    I see your point and I respect it. LeBron is arguably the most scrutinized professional athlete ever, and he’s often in catch 22 situations. You can’t say though, that knowing the way the media is (and basically has been over the last 5 years since the social media explosion made the 24hour news cycle guzzle a four pack of Red Bulls), that the criticism of LeBron is necessarily unfair. He made it a goal to become a Global Icon. His people (and ESPN) went ahead with the ridiculous spectacle of “the Decision.” The Miami Heat organization threw a party before the first team practice talking about 6-7 ‘chips. I agree that he’s in a media feeding frenzy now, but it’s not as though he wasn’t covered (and at times over-scrutinized) his first seven years in the league. One major difference now though is that he’s done numerous things that have tarnished his public persona, and some people take that to extremes. Not saying that LeBron wouldn’t have his detractors even if he played all his cards right as far as NOT involving himself of major PR debacles, but he’s made known he wants to accept the spotlight, and he just doesn’t like the fact that it can get too bright sometimes. Good discussion.

  • tweedster

    Everybody, don’t mind Tom. He just wants to be LeBron and can’t understand why anyone else would NOT want to be ‘Bron. If you don’t want to be LeBron you’re just a blind hater.

  • Riggs

    you cant say that you want to play the villain role and feel comfortable doing it and then criticize the people who hate you for it.

  • tweedster

    Tom, is it being a hater to point out to LeBron’s awful late game performances this series?

  • Jackie Moon

    I got 99 problems, but Lebron ain’t one.

  • tweedster

    “Riggs Posted: Jun.13 at 1:14 pm
    you cant say that you want to play the villain role and feel comfortable doing it and then criticize the people who hate you for it.”

    Hey Riggs, the Chosen One just wants everyone to witness his Kingship. Is it really too much to ask to be considered a Global Icon AND be immune from criticism?

    Tom thinks you’re a blind hater.

  • bull22

    spoken like the true jackarse he is and upset because he did not win championship….. there are atheletes who have walked away from the game for the greater purpose of helping people… sounds like you really need to read the scriptures brother, PRIDE BEFORE A CRASH…… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHA

  • JL

    why can’t he ever man up to anything? He’s either running away or saying it is not his fault or blaming it on his elbow or his haters or the media. Just man up and say it’s my fault. Not just the loss but the earlier promising of dynasty before it’s done because that’s just preposterous and move on. He makes one bad move and ends up making all these lies to try to make it look better.

  • bull22

    LABRON 23

  • Riggs

    umm that wasnt me who posted that last comment, but I do agree with it.

  • HAMMER

    What a nice way 2 b humble. Throwing us “common folks” under the bus. I really doubt that LBJ’s life is all hunky dory. He has probs just like the rest of us do. Granted it might not b financial problems, cuz that’s what im guessin he’s referring 2, but problems nontheless. I really doubt he has a perfect life cuz, really, who does?

  • Sizzle

    @tweedster – I sort of see your point, a lot of it I think also comes from those surrounding him. Those close to him should have never allowed “The Decision” to take place. The problem is dude has never had a father figure and he is very attentive to those that surround him. Everytime you hear him discuss his play, he references how he doesn’t want to let down his team, that he wants to get his team involved, and make those around him better. The media has annointed him as the next to be Jordan, but they just aren’t the same player. I really don’t think LBJ cares if he wins scoring 2 or scoring 30. The only people that care are the fans. If they would have won in 7, I am certain the discussion would be less about the heat winning the chip as much as it would be LeBron not living up to our hype in the Finals. I am hesistant to write this guy off at this time (a lot of people seem to already be doing so). We are too in the moment right now, the guy is about half-way through his career. We can’t say who LeBron is or isn’t yet and won’t be able to truly till he laces them up for the last time. I wouldn’t say that the criticism is unfair per se, but I think people read way TOO FAR into what he says. I am comfortable for the on court criticism regarding his play, but the over analyzing of post-game pressers are ridiculous. Again we are not talking about the game anymore, all sports in general have become a soap opera. It is more WWE now than NBA. Half the posters on this board don’t realize half the stuff MJ did that if LeBron done he would be toasted for. Half because MJ won 6 rings, and half because the media didn’t know at the time. Right now though, I am not going to write him off. It’s way too early…

  • AQWORD

    That’s because Kobe got SWEPT in the FIRST round. Loser

  • bull22

    @hammer, i went to school with guys with lebron’s attitude, he is just pissed because he did not win title in first year and was not able to throw that in anyones face…. he forgets the common folk put him there and all the nba teams… but be assured, he went to bed crying last night…

  • Tom

    so you would rather be the guy behind the computer scrutinizing a professional athlete making 100′s of millions of dollars than to actually be that athlete?! Are u crazy?? M.O.B!

  • bill breedley

    bron still has no ring … he couldn’t be mj in cleveland, couldn’t be scotty in miami…. maybe he can be kobe’s buechler… no wait beuchler can actually shoot the midrange jumper… stacy king maybe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    AQWORD is actually talking sh*t??? Woooooooow.

  • Tom

    at the end of the day lebron is a top talent in the NBA, I understand after this year if you wouldn’t want to take him with the top pick, but he is still by far a Top 5 talent. The criticism he receives is unfair, and unwarranted. And please don’t say Kobe and Jordan in the same sentence. I grew up watching the Bulls and know what living through a dynasty is all about in my hometown, and believe me MJ was the least humble guy, he played wit a serious edge, and always backed up his talk. With all that being said, the media really helped MJ cause in the CHI the media members cater towards their stars, and straight up cover for them if they have to. MJ wouldn’t have gotten away with half of the stuff he says if it wasn’t for the local media, if he was living in NY these reporters would talk trash trynna make a name for themselves, but none of the Lebron critics would know that cause they invested so much time just hating, they don’t know how to stop!

  • All Day

    @bull22: Chris Bosh did enough crying for LeBron and the rest of the team. Chris Bosh was on the floor in the fetal position crying like a newborn baby.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    MJ wasn’t MJ at 26. MJ was LeBron. Actually had never even been to the finals at 26, only had 1 MVP. If anything LeBron is still a step or two ahead of where MJ was at the same age. hate to break it to everyone

  • Tom

    and DWade coming outta Robbins IL is the major reason I was supporting the Heat this series..and lets look at the link up between Lebron and D Wade for a second here. Wade comes from a family with like 4 or 5 brothers, Lebron never had a brother. Wade and Lebron come into the league together and became friends. Lebron always refers to his h.s teammates as brothers, Wade always had brothers, Wade is for all intensive purposes Lebron’s brother, thats what the Decision was all about! And really stop this nonsense about the Decision at the end of the day he RAISED 2 Million dollars for kids! How can that EVER be wrong? Reality check fellas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    What year was that nbk?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jordan was 26 in 89-90. He won his first title at 27

  • Tom

    NBK MJ was NEVER lebron! MJ frequently had 50 pt. games and even 60 pt. games! Lebron had like one 50 point game this season and never had a 60 pt. game in his life!! All comparisons to MJ must cease, Kobe proved he is no where near his level, and Lebron can win the next 10 rings and never be MJ!

  • bull22

    @allday LOL!!! i guess he forgot that sometimes DESTINY CALLS…..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    hey Tom did you know basketball isn’t all about how many points a player can score? it’s about winning. (At this age all Michael was, according to people who rush to judgment like most of the people on earth, was a “scorer” and scorer’s “couldn’t win”) – - And now LeBron isn’t enough of a scorer. either way, the legacies are the same at the same age.

  • Tom

    No, Jordan never lost in the finals which makes his legacy greater than anyones, Lebron up to this point did and he did twice, therefore he will never be as great a winner as MJ!

  • Jackie Moon

    Kobe is better than Lebron, and close to MJ

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol, how can you know that? If he wins 10 straight titles what are you gonna say then? — Where a player loses is irrelevant. Every player except Magic and Bill Russell fails before they succeed. Where they fail (if they end up succeeding), never matters when it’s all said and done. — And I wouldn’t bet on anyone being as great as Jordan, ever, but I’m not going to rush to judgment and say someone will definitely never get there. Especially a player like LeBron who has had unheard of amounts of individual success at such a young age.

  • doyouwantmore

    WOW. The guy just tried to shrug off losing the NBA Finals by saying NBA fans have to go back to our crappy working-class lives. Way to endear yourself to the average fan, KING James.

  • Red

    Ain’t no such thing as hate, we all dislike LeBron. Hate would be us saying we hate him outright or us saying he should die. Ya’ll a bunch of lames.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Lebron’s also gotta go back to the real world at some point, where he’s a ringless douche.

  • HAMMER

    I hear ya bull22

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Red – Hate is “a passionate dislike” – and if you “dislike” him enough to post about it, without provocation, then you are hating. By definition.

  • Tom

    nbk if lebron wins 10 rings i will say that lebron was 10/12 in the finals he won %83 of them, but MJ was 100% in them and grabbing finals mvp the ultimate winner! naw all kidding aside if he wins 10 rings that will be ridiculous, but as endless as my mind goes i just can’t see that right now and either way my loyalty will always stay with the Jumpman anyways and this would be how i start debating anyone who would try and challenge his legacy

  • Jake

    100th post!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ok. I am not going to argue with you about this, or that topic if it ever came up, simply because I don’t are about which player anyone “likes/feel loyalty towards.” To me that has nothing to do with it. There is no loyalty when rating players. If I told you all-time pick a team of 5 to save your family. You would not pick 5 players you felt loyalty towards, you’d pick the ones that you feel are the best.

  • astrose00

    I think Lebron should stop allowing the media to bait him into these ridiculous quotes. No one likes criticism but he should take the high road and behave as humbly as possible. Then take all that crap people say and use that to fuel you to to improve your game and get the job done in crunch time. He should stop venting and just keep that inside and let it drive and motivate him. Dirk has heard that he’s soft for his whole career and I never hear a peep out of him. But all that hate and negativity made him into a fantastic player and now a champion. Remember when Golden State and Don Nelson punked him on ’07? He was exposed. He didn’t complain or whine. He worked on his game, redeemed himself and fulfilled a lifelong dream. All those NBA analysts interviewed and congratulated him last night and I could see in their faces that they wish they could have accomplished the metamorphosis and triumph Dirk did. What he and Jason Terry did was truly remarkable.

  • seriousblack

    Lebron is lashing out at the wrong people. He should lash out while looking in the mirror. I hate that he brings up God when he talks about winning. For believers it’s offensive that he would suggest that somehow God gives a sh*t about a damn game, and that he specifically will be given a championship. God’s will is the reason you played like sh#t? C’mon son. For non-believers it just sounds stupid. I understand that reporters ask stupid questions for the sake of getting a reaction, but Lebron just isn’t very media-savy. He plays into their hands by saying dumb stuff. He should know better as many years as he’s been in the spotlight. Whoever is responsible for his P.R should have done a better job of preparing him for hostile media. He seems like he really read the articles and started to believe the hype. A young black man should know better. He should’ve known how the mainstream media would turn on him. I mean, he’s more hated than Ben R#pistburger and he’s never even been arrested. It’s Lebron’s own fault that he was too dumb to see the backlash coming. Leading the Heat to the chip would have been the ultimate middle finger to the haters. Instead, he lost while playing crappy and adopts a woe is me attitude. I’m not even a fan of his anymorem

  • Red

    Dude..sports is a passionate aspect of American lifestyle, were you naturally born stupid? As fans we will pass opinions, it’s not hate. Shut up lol.

  • http://slamonline.com james ellis jr

    LEBRON NOBOBY’S HATING! JUST DISPOINTED IN THE WHOLE DAMN TEAM…WELL JUST ANYTHING IN LIFE…MAKING PROMISES U CAN’T KEEP…THAT’S HOW U GIVE PEOPLE FALSE HOPE…..THAT’S RIGHT JUST LIKE CHARLES SAYS; YOU ARE NOT ROLE MODELS!

  • doyouwantmore

    This is what happens when you have a sense of entitlement.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s hate. When you focus on a single player, on the losing TEAM, in a championship series of a TEAM sport, you are hating. You can get defensive if you want, just means your ignorantly hating. Is LeBron an egomaniac? probably. does he need to be more humble? definitely. but is it his fault Miami lost? no, it’s Dallas’ fault. Does Miami losing in the finals (which is further along then most everyone predicted they would make it) make LeBron a failure? not at all. Have all you idiots forgotten about the Boston and Chicago series, where LeBron was clearly the best player on earth? yep, because this hating right here, this pointless BS, is more entertaining, or makes you happier, whatever. If you want to have a conversation about how LeBron could have been better and what he did wrong, that’s not hating, that is discussing and examining. People are using LeBron losing in the finals to the Mavericks to say he’s worse then Kobe and all sorts of other irrelevant sh*t. which is hating, and its pointless and stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I wonder why the LeBron against Chicago or Boston didn’t show up against Dallas. That’s what kinda confuses me.

  • O

    It kills me how Miami has the “Big 3″ but when it’s press conference time, it’s always Wade and James together while Bosh goes on dolo. And y’all wonder who’ll be traded this off season??

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Chris_Griff_3

    I woke up today with so many personal problems. I wish I could have Lebron’s life, where my reality is so much different than the rest of reality. Seriously, dude needs to get humbled.

  • hillbilly

    LeBronchitis: an exceedingly rare, progressive disorder primarly affecting the esophageal tract of overhyped ballers from Akron, Ohio. The onset of this condition may be marked by profuse sweating, girlish nailbiting and a reluctance/refusal to make clutch shots (particularly in the fourth quarter NBA Finals games). Other symptoms may include but are not limited to: choking

  • hillbilly

    also: Dirk-1, LeJerk-0 (enjoy your vacation, b!tch)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Me too Black. It’s befuddling how he played. I would assume he uses his resources to find someone that can help him figure things out. — I can help him figure things out actually, he just needs to find a comfortable offensive move or area or whatever to go to when things aren’t going his way. Steve Kerr spoke on this on a few radio shows this morning, and I agree. What seperates LeBron from the other greats is his lack of a marquee move, like Jordan and Kobe’s post-move fadeaway, or Dirk’s pinch post-up, even Derrick Rose has that little double cross move that he counters with a spin when he’s in trouble. LeBron has go 30 feet from the basket and run full speed….that’s not really a very useful weapon in a half-court situation. I can help the Heat too, I’ll shoot the ball from anywhere on anyone, so let Pat know if they need someone who isn’t scared to give me a holler lol.

  • All Day

    @O: I noticed that too! I’m surprised people don’t ask them questions about that during their press conferences.

  • Tom

    totally agree lebron has no go to move. He needs to be around the correct trainers, I noticed certain tendencies in his game. He can be a lethal three point shooter if he hesitates before he shoots. He can’t catch and shoot, he has this hitch before he goes up in the air, and normally if he is allowed that time he becomes a knock down three point shooter. I think he has the mentality of a street ball player still, which is fine, but he really needs a go to move and constantly work on the footwork and perfect it. He needs that trainer who worked with MJ and helped D Wade rehab his shoulder his name was like Tim or Tom Grover.

  • Tom

    I got it his go to move should be in the post where he fakes going right then turn around left baseline layup or dunk, he did that in the fourth and scored last game, if he practices that move it can open up a world for him in the post. At the end of the day he gets the ball in the post constantly but then turns around and faces up on the defender which is annoying, he needs to stop that…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Tim Grover. He doesn’t really help develop basketball skills. He is literally a trainer. The best thing for LeBron would be David Thorpe. Thorpe taught Kevin Martin to be effective at any level. He works with players on usable skills, he’s the type of person LeBron needs. IMO

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Honestly if LeBron could develop a real mid-range game that’s all he will really need. He is so big and fast that he has some kind of inherent advantage over every defender, a consistent mid-range jumper (truly consistent, not the product of confidence) would keep defenders honest…IMO that is all he really needs. (I basically plagiarized that idea from AllenP)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    People are finally seeing what I saw years ago in this guy. He’s not a leader, he disappears in big moments, and is immature and quite a prick. He proved that he isn’t even the best player on his team, Wade carried that team to 2 wins in the Finals. I never thought I’d say this, but they are gonna have to revamp that team, yet again. The Big 3 stay, but they need to let a lot of those guys go and get guys that are gonna make a difference. They need to keep Chalmers and get rid of Bibby, Juwan Howard will likely retire, they also need to get rid of Erick Dampier, Eddie House, Mike Miller, and Jamaal Magloire. They need to get some veterans that can contribute and show LeBron and Bosh what it takes to win. Cause LeBron just doesn’t have it. He has no excuses, and he knows it. He came to Miami to win, not 1, not 2 not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7. So, he has some big words to back up, and he isn’t doing it. I think Chalmers is their point guard, but if not, they need to consider going for a guy like Steve Nash. Add him to the mix, and as bad as I hate to say it, they are basically unstoppable. LeBron will have his day, I’m sure, but people are always gonna say that he couldn’t do it without a stacked team. And, they are right.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    alot of ya’ll are tripping bc it’s lebron.. i actually don’t have a problem with this. people spent so much time throwing so much undeserved hate at a guy who literally did nothing to them. in the end, he’s still a surefire hall of famer and they’re still worthless. so cosign sizzle.. and i would agree with nbk.. lebron needs a go to move.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    for example see the post by “the promise” the first sentence? he’s tripping.. i like the rest of what he’s saying though.

  • Tom

    in order for him to develop a real mid range game he will need post moves, which require footwork and attention to detail and good form, he has none of this right now.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    developing a post game comes after you develop midrange game if your a wing player. If he was a center or power forward you would be right, but playing in the post won’t do him much good if he can’t shoot. Its not like you can put him on the block every play, he wouldn’t be a wing at that point.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    My man is giving out slick passes today, a la LBJ. I thought you were a shooter, Sooper?

  • Tom

    well then I would suggest he switch up his jump shot form if that is possible

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    whatchu mean BC? (a little distracted at work, “denser” than usual)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well its not like LeBron can’t shoot Tom, he can. He just seems to have a little too much movement in his form. Few things I would cut out of his shot if I was given the time, but other then that repetition is more important than form, atleast from my experience it is (Reggie Miller, Chuck Person, good examples of what I mean).

  • bike

    Can’t fathom all the negativity towards LeBron. It’s pretty simple–Dallas played better team ball than Miami. Miami either tried isolation plays with James and Wade who neither had a good game or acted like they had no idea what to do down the stretch. Wade’s play sucked and Bosh was a no show. So if you want to come down on LeBron, come down on the other two of the big three.

  • Tom

    No i feel you, but these guys atleast had a fluid motion, lebron shoots best when he hesitates for like a second and then go up for the shot, his most favorite thing to do are crazy fade aways, i feel thats because he gets to pose in the air for like a second before he releases. But in all honesty he is an nba top professional. He has to be getting repetitions in daily, I feel there is something fundamentally wrong with his mechanic, and whatever the problem is gets stressed in late game situations. What it is, I am not sure. All I know is, that most of the time when he shoots, as a fan I hope the ball goes in the bucket but I am never confident in it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    THere is a difference between good practice and just practice. Dirk practices the shots he shoots in games, he exaggerates his movements, prepares his body for what is actually happening on a night in, night out basis. I’ve seen some tape of LeBron is practice, and he seems to do the basic stand in one shot and shoot the same set shot over and over again. And the typical two dribble, or catch on the move and turn and shoot. I know he has more drills he follows, but those are the ones I see consistently. And guess what, he rarely ever gets shots like that in games. And when he does, he never shoots them like he does in practice. — Mechanics wise, a jumpshot isn’t like swinging a baseball bat, throwing a football, or hitting a golf ball. There is no “right-way” to shoot, everyone has different physical mechanics that change the angles of releases, and effect the rotation of the ball. Best advice I can give someone working on their shot iwthout actually sitting down and watching them is to minimize movement, and stay consistent. A players release should be the same from 40+ feet, as it is from 4 feet, which LeBron’s isn’t….if you need evidence, check that little 6 foot jumpshot that missed the rim with like 8 minutes left in the 4th yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Somebody needs to pull on this cat’s coattails and tell him you can’t say whatever comes into your head. You just can’t do that.

  • snasty10

    so much hate for a guy none of us even know personally, im not a huge lebron fan but i dont hate him and want the guy to fail, i think he is still the best player in world at this moment, and if you think he cares about what you or anyone thinks i highly doubt it, dude has a baller mansion in miami with enough money to last him 3 lifetimes, he plays the game he loves everyday with his friends, thats his job, so go on and hate, cuz like he said most of us have to wake up in the morning and go back to the real world, while he still lives a life we could only fantasize about.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn

  • HAMMER

    @snasty. Just like we don’t know him personally, he doesn’t know any of us personally. Just cuz we don’t have millions doesn’t exactly mean w that our lives suck.

  • HAMMER

    He has trials and tribulations just like the rest of us. No1 is immune 2 that.

  • JB

    Lebron wakes up with two problems. No ring and the most hated player ever in the history of the NBA. Good luck Lebron…you need it!

  • snasty10

    @hammer dude who gives a sh** what he said, i dont, lebron could die tmr and i would go about my life as if nothing happens, if you honestly take anything an athlete says to heart, you are a moron, these dudes get payed milllions of dollars to play a game children play, and no im not saying my life sucks or yours, but i would switch spots with lebron in a second, even today i would rather have lebrons lifestyle then mine, and if you say that you wouldnt, then you sir are full of sh**

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    nbk is definitely right. Lebron needs to develop a consistent, signature move that is extremely tough to stop.

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

    lol @ snasty10: So you’d “trade lives” with ANYONE who is rich? Okay…

  • snasty10

    ya i would, wouldnt you? at least their lifestyle, you dont wanna pop bottles with models, fly on private jets all over the world, go to awesome events, get copped at every night club you go to, actually you know what you right i dont want any of that….sike

  • seriousblack

    Why do you care what people are saying about Lebron, snasty? You are taking criticism of him very personal. See how that works? No one is taking what he said personal because he doesn’t know us and we don’t know him. That doesn’t mean people can’t be disgusted at the attitude he’s displayed throughout the series. You are coming off like a kid. Why would you want to trade lives with anyone you don’t know? Do you know everything that he deals with on a day to day basis? Do you know anything about his real life besides what you read on the net? For someone who’s criticizing other folks comments you sure made a dumb one yourself.

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

    ^Not to flame, but that HAS to be an Allenp alter ego…

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    The one time he did go in the post he looked like Bill Cartwright.

  • HAMMER

    I usually don’t have a prob w/what pro athletes say. But when they think that their sh!t don’t stink and feel like they could insult and step on us “ordinary people” whenevet they choose 2 do so, that’s what I have a prob with. So yeah, call me a moron. And who wouldn’t want 2 have the millions that LBJ has? He’s set 4 life. Who wouldn’t want that? But that’s not the point. I explained my pov earlier so I don’t need 2 delv n2 that again. My point is: Watch what u say and how u say it. Take the “other people” n cosideration. Is that 2 much 2 ask 4? I think not

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Nah, it was more like Will Perdue

  • snasty10

    how am i taking it personal? im not crying right now cuz everyone is hating on lebron, im just trying to bring a different perspective to the whole thing, and ya some of you are taking it personal, i can tell. Im coming off like a kid? you guys are obsessing about a game children play, ya you can be disgusted by this attitude, but dont gloat cuz he failed, all of us fail and hell ya i would like to be rich right now,

  • snasty10

    @hammer i respect that answer, i didnt see that while typing

  • Harlem_World

    Hi haters. Stop being pawns in this media game. The hate towards this man from all angles makes no sense. His game is still developing, yes he says some immature things at times but last time I checked, he never got arrested for raping a young girl in colorado or anywhere else I’m aware of. Yet he’s getting hung out to dry like he’s public enemy number 1. Like, what has he actually done to you to make you feel the way you do about him? This is out of whack. He’s better than I am, because if I were him getting all this bullship, my response would be alot worse than his, please believe.

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

    To the Masses:
    Everyone is rich, depending on one’s perspective.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    LeBron just needs to develop that PC filter. Know when a sarcastic remark is allowed and when to be politically correct. You can tell he had reservations about saying what he said by the pause he took when the question was asked. He knew he should have stopped at “Absolutely not.” But that devil on his shoulder told him to deliver this pre planned response and it backfired. lol

  • seriousblack

    Saying you want to be rich and saying you would trade lives with a complete stranger are two completely different things. Not sure how an adult is unable to differentiate the two scenarios, but I digress…I think the point of the critisim from most is that Lebron is a lot less mature than he should be at this point. By his own admission, he played subpar for the series. The big stage seemed to get to him. In addition to that he allowed the media to bait him into making silly comments in a season where they were already intent on keeping him public enemy #1. Like a spoiled child, he pretty much lashed out at ordinary folks because they were rooting against him. He needs to get over himself. If he wins, the heat dies down. Put aside the antics and arrogance and just win.

  • http://yahoo ddub

    In the game of chess,Lebron is a pawn.ln life he thinks he is a king. Long live the pawn! Lepawn James. Yeah baby the heat got punked!!!

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

    ^”Saying you want to be rich and saying you would trade lives with a complete stranger…”
    But you digress, and you don’t know how adults can’t tell the difference.
    He said BOTH.
    And, I can’t see how an adult can’t see that.
    But, I digress.

  • spamslots

    Tom:

    “Sometimes you got it, sometimes you don’t,” LeBron said. “That was the case in this series.

    That is not owning up to his responsibility. He talks about failure in the abstract, like he wasn’t there. He talks about not needing to hang his head. He doesn’t talk about how he played scared and expended no effort to make an impact in the 4th q.

    Many people have talked about how, when he is losing, Lebron checks out mentally, as if he is distancing himself from the impending failure. People that were with the Olympic team he was on, people that were on his Cavs’ teams… When he’s winning, he gloats, and when not, he is just not there.

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

    ^I can sort of buy that…

  • Jackie Moon

    Why doesn’t anyone listen? It’s not hate. It’s recognizing that the stats you use are inadequate. If you admitted that Lebron is not as good as Kobe, we wouldn’t need all this debate. Lebron could have the best stats ever, it doesn’t cover up the fact that his mid-range game is lacking, he has barely a post game, and his three point shot is not reliable enough to make defenses pay over a playoff run.

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

    ^But, he’s still the best in the game.
    DESPITE.
    All he needs is a coach. He’s NEVER had a coach.
    He never needed one until now.
    THAT’S how good he is.

  • http://yahoo ddub

    Hey Harlem and others quit trying to drag Kobe into this mess,Kobe paid his price from the people,fans and media,now let Lepawn pay his price, Kobe never put down the common working person.Didnt drag six nba cities through the ringer when he knew he wasnt going to go play for them and never celebrated a title before he won one. not 1,Not2,Not3..!Hey Lepawn get 1 FIRST!

  • Harlem_World

    ddub, you need to take a closer look at kobe’s past. He’s quit on his team in the playoffs (phoenix series a few years back), demanded trades, sulked and been probably the most arrogant player in the league in recent memory. And on top of that, there is colorado. He paid his price? Really? What about trying to do the dirty on his team mates (shaq) just because he got caught? Kobe isn’t anything to look up to. Not saying this kid Lebron is a role model either, but the kid is getting all kinds of unnecessary hate. I brought kobe into it for perspective.

  • seriousblack

    The “Philosopher”: Seriously, go re-read comments before you respond to me. It seemed you had a bit of difficulty understanding the flow of commentary between myself and snasty, so here’s a pointer: try starting at his 7:00pm comment. When you’ve fully understood the very simple point I made, then you can say something.

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

    Oh, okay. I’ll say something to you whenever I feel like saying something to you.
    Are you tough, or something?
    Why don’t you look at Teddy’s comment, then snasty’s comment @7:16p.m.
    6:06p.m. too.

  • Red

    That’s a first LOL. You blame the other team instead of admitting your team sucked. You’re an idiot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    @philosopher: I’m just curious, have you ever seen Lebron play like he has a chip on his shoulder? I think that’s the one thing he lacks, with all he’s been entitled to in his career, he is unable to use anger as fuel like Kobe, MJ or even Dwyane do.

  • Jackie Moon

    No, Philosopher. As shown, he is NOT the best player over a playoffs BECAUSE of those reasons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Melvin that’s probably the only reason he has so many haters right now. He has recently failed to shut them up

  • rich

    lebron needs a dominant go to move he doesnt really have one like all the other scorers do and thats why he struggles when things arent going his way, kobe has a fallaway and doubble jab step baseline, melo has a jab and jumper/ spin move, wade has a baseline spinoff in the post he can split pick and rolls, eurostep, bankshot. he needs to come up with something to get him going, he has no move that he can do two times in a row and score even when hes not shooting the ball well. this isnt an emotional killer instict thing he just has holes in his game, if u can tell me his go to move other than choke go ahead

  • T-Money

    2 weeks ago, Barkley said to Miami fans tthat were hating on him hat he was rich and successful while they worked at McDonalds so they need to relax. Which was cool. But now it’s LeBron, so it’s different, right? It’s funny to me that people feel like they can treat NBA players however they please but those NBA players should be forever humble and grateful. You want to sh-t on Bron AND for Bron to just take it? How does that work?

  • doyouwantmore

    Hey Lebron, you know what I have that you never will? – One year of college.

  • pk

    i just want to know how all this has shown arrogance. I mean we see kobe and other players acting and saying things like this etc. I mean its people blinding themselves because they just hate on a person whose easy to hate on, in this case lbj, but look at this mj back in the day was hated on too, told he couldn’t play d, pass the ball etc… the fact is once all is said and done lbj wins a ring or not he will go down as a legend just as other greats such as oscar robertson and the bunch. But I’m letting all the lbj haters know now that next year is going to be a scary season because first year to the finals?…next 10 years is going to a painful time for people getting a kick out this.

  • pk

    and btw mj was arrogant as a mofo, shooting free throws blind and betting on games, in which he bet on himself winning

  • Jay Reyes

    Don’t tell me his poop is better smelling than the rest of us?

  • yeayea

    lebron woulda been well liked if he was humble. How you gonna go to a different team just like that and proclaim that you will win all these championships..celebrating before the season started..claiming that nobody can guard you. as great as lebron is..he should know that basketball is at it best when played as a Team. celtics stopped u before and now the mavs has. It is okay to fail but not when everyone in this world notices that you quit! even your opponent called u out by checking out of the game before it even ended. just by that u should shot back by playing great and tearing the hearts out of your opponents. thats what you shouldve done and not say sometimes you have it, sometimes you dont..that is just weak. anybody call out MJ or Kobe like how terry or stevenson or marion has done then you know those two wouldve done their best to prove you wrong. atleast try to.

    AND WHO GIVES A DAMN HOW ARROGANT MJ WAS!! HE KEPT YALL WATCHIN THE GAME AND HAD YALL OOOOOOHHHS AND AHHHHHS WITH HIS PLAY. HE WALKS HIS TALK..LEBRON SIMPLY TALKS HIS DREAM.

  • yeayea

    IF HE SO GOOD WHY NEED A COACH?
    SPO IS CAPABLE IF BEING A GOOD COACH..DONT BLAME HIM..HE HELP BRING ALL THOSE TALENTS TO THE FINALS..ITS JUST THE MAVS COACH DID A BETTER JOB OF USING HIS TEAM TO BEAT 3 DUDES. BLAME THE PLAYERS WHO CHOKED. IF HE DIDNT CHOKE SOMEONE HERE WOULDNT EVEN MENTION LECHOKE NEEDING A COACH.

  • yeayea

    if he is so good then why would he need a coach..dont blame spo for this..he did a good job for bring all these talented egos to the finals. mavs coach just knew how to use his TEAM to beat 3 dudes who wanted the ring gift wrapped. id blame the players for lechoking in the finals. if they didnt le(choke) then nobody would even mention spo. he got em there didnt he, after all the trials. players who call himself a king,the chosen one and celebrating before even stepping on the court needa know for themselves how to react to the game. all nba coaches already has instructed their team to how to beat it a team..its just executing..they relied on each other. they were all think the same thing..wades gonna save us..lebrons gonna win this for us..bosh gonna hit the game winner..bosh stepped up this finals for all the expectation everyone had in him.

  • Jackie Moon

    T-Money – other players – like Kobe – seem to be able to take it. They say “love me or hate me” but never “I get to live a better life than you”, because losing makes their lives miserable. Unlike Lebron. Who loves winning, but doesn’t hate to lose.

  • Yesse

    This LeBron hate is getting even funnier than the hating on Justin Bieber. LeBron’s comments sound a bit badass.

  • jordan

    ok im gonna put this out hear for the lebron haterz ok so he left the clevlend big whoop there just mad becuz there team sucks without him its pretty pathetic when u have to depend on 1 guy to win ok also i would switch teams to if my team completly sucked without me and mami heat has wade and bosh so ya retards common sense stop hateing on one one of the best basketball players ever so cry about it. also ok they lost the championship o kno so bad least they made it to the finals wheres the all mighty lakers celtics bulls o ya hows that or wheres clevlend o thats right they need a GOOD PLAYERS DRRRRRRRR i can’t stand people as for the mavricks good job u finally won 1 to bad u won’t when back to back i can def say that. all they do is shoot 3 pointers all day and when ur always wide open the ya ur gona bang shots if mami had there heads out of there butts they would have crushed dallas but to his comment about people have to live there lives the same hes right he rich why ur sitting at home paying bills being poor hes living it up so the jokes on u bums not him well theres that the truth thank you

  • Tom

    im confused what is lebron supposed to say, “i mentally checked out, i dont have what it takes to win a ring” would that make yall happy? This is all wishful thinking but if I was a top athlete and kept losing on the big stages I would most likely say something similar to what Lebron said when getting antagonized after the biggest loss of my career…he basically said f u all haters you still wish you were me…i mean seriously why don’t yall see the full post game conference and tell me how you would answer the questions they asked him, and on a side note…why is it okay for mark cuban to say that lebron gets a lot of undue criticism but not apologize for the way that he himself was the number one lebron critic when the decision was made for him to go to Miami, all the haters will never see this double standard..

  • backboard

    Ya know, Lebron could have just said “Listen, i went a little overboard with my proclamation of multiple championships last summer. We have to gel as a unit and me, personally, have to improve a lot in my own game. Ill go back to work this summer and come back stronger than ever. I deserve the criticism because I let my team down and I want to make sure this never happens again.” He could have said just that and i am pretty sure that half of the haters would dissapear.

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

    @Melvin Ely:
    Sorry for taking so long to respond.
    I’ll be honest;
    I haven’t seen The King with a chip on his shoulder since the famous Detroit series. Also, it has been quite evident that The King not only has already peaked in my opinion, but he has clearly lost a step. He’s lost an edge. He is CURRENTLY on the decline, and he has been since 2008. He has not worked on his game, it seems.
    BUT… with all of his flaws within his game, he is still the best on the market. He is truly remarkable.
    Now, if he were to ever get a coach who is a self – made winner, AND commands respect from EVERYONE in that locker room, then he still has time to become one of the top 5 – 10 players of all time. Right now, I think he’s a top 25. But that’s just my opinion.
    The King needs a coach the same way Kobe needed one. The same way Michael needed one.
    The fact that he went this long being the very best in the world without a Hall of Fame coach, or even a real coach (Silas… no.) is a testament to how truly great of a basketball player The King truly is.
    But no, right now The King has no chip on his shoulder, in my opinion.

  • Mark Nypaver

    Miami’s has not won a ring; yet they act like they’re
    royalty…. KING?? NOT!! or not yet. It’s just their 1st
    year together and they’re still learning on what to do
    & what not to do. The refs help them a lot but did you
    see how surprised they were when the refs swallowed
    their whistle?? After all ROYALTY has their perks! NOT FAIR??? LIVE WITH IT, use your talents stop whining (LEBRON, WADE), flopping (LEBRON), AND CRYING (LEBRON & BOSH). I know you didn’t sign up for this, but what goes around comes around…..
    THE GREATER MAN UPSTAIRS HAS SPOKEN.. SO ACT WITH SOME CLASS, YOU’RE A BAD INFLUENCE ON A CLASS GUY LIKE WADE. MADE HIM SINK TO YOUR LEVEL..”cough cough cough”.. what goes around comes around..”cough cough cough”
    you classless bunch of whiners… (per the great Charles Barkley).. SO MAN UP make THE GREATER MAN UPSTAIRS PROUD OF YOU and not ASHAMED OF YOU GUYS!

  • Truthteller

    Everybody talking about too much hate for one guy? Kobe has been going through this whole career and I don’t remember you guys defending him! And Kobe still shows up! So everybody should just chill and let Lebron take it like a man the same way Kobe has all these years!

  • Nik

    AS I READ THROUGH ALL THESE COMMENTS I SEE LEBRON’S POINT PROVEN EXACTLY. Everyone needs to get a life that doesn’t hang off of what LeBron does wrong or doesn’t do right, and just let him be the exceptional talent and nice guy that he is. The media and their blind followers attack everything this guy does and says, and takes things completely out of context. He’s damned if he does,, and damned if he doesn’t, so what choice does he have, really? It’s so true what he said this time… just look at all the comments here. Everyone is waking up to their problem of hating him. I don’t hate, it only makes a person bitter.I am excited for next season already, so LeBron can keep being the king of basketball.

  • giogolo

    Well said Philo.

  • giogolo

    CO-SIGN BIGTIME @ BACKBOARD jun 14 10:59 AM

  • Jhared

    nobody cares wat any of u guys think. everyone says i think this and i think that. It doesnt matter who u are. You are a hater wasting breath smh.

  • world peace

    Here this guy, and his team, made it to the finals of the NBA Championship and he is still be hated, and you wonder why he is, as you say “bitter”. All of you haters should just say, “thanks” for the show and move on. And by the way, It’s over.

    If this society cared more about education, employment, civil rights, incarceration, as much as you cared about the comments or lifestyle of Labron James, maybe we could make a difference in the lives of the many. Now, wake up in the morning and think about that!!!!!!

  • http://www.whitneyspears.com Whitney Spears

    more drama!

  • http://slamonline.com Alton

    Truth is no one even thought they would have even ,made it this far. No matter what he would have said there would have been a issue because people are looking for it. At the end of the day he did not win but most of the people who find issue with what he said means it must be true to you on some level. Because if it don’t apply let it fly I saw nothing wrog with what he said. He stated how he feels end of story and you state how you feel the onlt thing is his money makes people look at him in another way…if you had that type of money and fame you would be un the same light.

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