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LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Posted on: October 19, 2010 2:36 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 2:43 pm
 
Heat Triad superstar opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter, laughing at opponents. We all want to know where the anger is, despite never having evidence it's there at all. Posted by Matt Moore



No, seriously, LeBron James is not bothered by your hatred of him. Today on Twitter, James (@KingJames ) took to his plethora of haters, declaring today "Hater Day." He ain't mad at you, though, haters:




This is what's called, playing to the crowd. In the overused-to-a-sickening-degree professional wrestling analogy, this is saying something derogatory about the city you're currently performing in. It's a definite thumb-bite to the plebian crowds throwing tomatoes. And it's also telling.

There's this narrative trying to be built for James where he finally gets angry at everyone hating on him, all the doubters, all the critics, and responds with anger on the floor leading to a dominant stretch. James has bought into this whole thing, talking about "making a list" and being focused on proving people wrong. But this latest gag on Twitter seems more indicative of James' personality. That is, he just doesn't take much seriously. He doesn't have to.

He's a 25 year-old player making $14.5 million dollars this season, $109.8 million total during this contract . He has two sons, now plays in South Beach, parties with Jay-Z, gets financial advice from Warren Buffet, runs clubs like he owns them in Vegas , His life may not be perfect. But it's pretty close. And besides that, James simply isn't disturbed by these things. There's been no evidence of him getting angry with players or personnel. He may sulk, he may disapprove, but anger? It has never been part of the persona he's let us see. If he's capable of genuine anger at any above-normal level, it's never been exhibited. (This in comparison with Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett who are essentially two red tea kettles blowing steam on the court constantly.)

Instead James has always reflected a happy go-lucky playful nature. He dances with teammates. He raps on-court (and in the locker room, loudly). He chuckles in interviews and smiles for the camera. This man is not a brooder. Even after a Finals loss and subsequent ejections in the playoffs, including the Conference Finals, James has never lashed out, never kicked an object out of anger, even. Think about that. Dirk Nowitzki has him beat in the "public display of frustration" angle. When the Cavs were ousted by Boston, James hugged KG then took off his jersey for the last time as a Cavalier. This is not a man fueled by rage and hatred, but by one looking to expand his empire and brand.

What's odd is that this is a criticism. If you or I acted like we want start to in our workplaces? We'd get sent home or to anger management classes. We'd question how seriously we take things and try and gain some perspective on what's important in life. But for athletes, we demand more. We demand a thirst for blood, for vengeance. And James has not fulfilled that, not in his play, and not with his actions. We want our player to seethe at the nasty things said to them on Twitter, or ignore them as being above it. Not to indulge in playful banter with them. James is not who we want him to be, and that's really been and continues to be his biggest crime.

Laughing off his haters while he retweets their misdirected, misguided, over-the-top anger towards a man they don't know at all? That's par for the course, and part of the reason his trip to Cleveland on December 2nd is far more dangerous than the media, league, or Heat understand. There's only one thing that makes a brokenhearted, jersey-burning crowd even more angry. When the "traitor" laughs in their face. And that's what will happen. It's just how James is.

Somehow I think "Hater Day" is going to wind up being "Hater Year."

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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:51 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Yeah, I'm an old Cavs fan too.  Your feelings about LeGone perfectly match mine, except I'm still a Cavs fan.  Nothing would make me happier than to see the LeGoneless Cavs do spectacular this year.  I know it is almost impossible, but maybe the guys he left behind will play better without being in LeGone's shadow.  If not this year, maybe in 2-5 years...

I do find it very disturbing that there is no loyalty in todays pro sports.  Everything players do now a days is focused singularly on how they can get more money and/or fame.  LeGone thought he would secure is legend status by guaranteeing himself an NBA trophy via Wade and Bosh, not realizing how "Soiled" his reputation would get in the process.

Sincerely,

Still Cares (but not about LeGone)



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2010 1:25 am
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Tim_Dawgs 77.....That is exactly what i was thinking! What would be better than not even acknowledging his presence. At first it would be great to see not one person go to the game but that hurts ourselves more than anything. But to be completley silent when he is introduced would be the talk of the month at least if not year. From the Miami Heat Number six....(Traitors name Here)........Complete Silence.........PRICELESS Lets make it happen Cleveland



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:57 am
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

This is to all of my Cavs fans out there, when The player that shall not be named plays his first & future games in Cleveland we shouldn't give him the satisfaction of booing or even cheering him whenever his name is announced on the PA system, when he dribbles the ball, when he shoots a jumper, layup or free throw, gets a assist, when he dunks or gets a rebound, makes a turnover, gets a steal or even gets into it with one of our guys or referee's. We should give him complete SILENCE like he doesn't exist because that's the way he treated us as a fan base & only acknowledge us after his PEOPLE thought it was bad for his image if he didn't say anything about Cleveland. Don't wear any of his gear, degrading or not & no signs or posters of him either. Don't cheer or boo him, pretend he's not even there. Booing will fuel him, cheering will make him feel what he did was right, complete silence, he won't know what to do. He'll probably have the worst performance of his life!!! "ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL" GO CAVALIERS!!!


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Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:29 pm
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:29 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

There is one big difference between Tiger Woods and Lebum....Tiger has actually won some major championships....Pippen, I mean Lebum, has never won jack! 



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:02 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

people dont hate you lebron they just think your a deuche...



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:02 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Lebron,

   Thirty year Cav fan here.  I don't hate you dude, it's more like disgust.  I'm disgusted with you.  I loved watching you play, but now I could care less if I ever watch another NBA game.  You ruined it for me man.  That ego is just way to big, and The Decision made me realize that I never want to waste another dollar of my money or minute of my time watching punk ass NBA players.  They sure don't make them like they used to, Doctor J, Magic, Michael, hell even Cavs like Daugherty, Nance, and Price.  Good thing the NBA doesn't need me, the average fan, who used to love the game.
  You could have been the greatest, but now, you are nothing.  You are insignificant.  Hurts, don't it?  You really screwed up.  That ego sure could have used being known as the greatest ever, but now, you can't realistically even be in the conversation.  People don't care how many titles you may win.  Stop being so bitter dude, it was your decision.  You can't go back.  Did you really state that maybe someday you could go back and play at Cleveland?  If you did, you are insane.  We don't want you.  We lost with you, we can lose just fine without you.

Sincerely,
Just don't care




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 8:28 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Love the analogy to Woods--really spot-on.  One exception: so far as I know, LeBron is just a garden variety superstar coporate shill, while Tiger is a positive weasel not above taking $$$ even from tyrannical states (Dubai) and racist, murderous corporations (Chevron).



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:53 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Not gonna say this guy can't play ball like he always has and be a dominating force but it's really sad to see what happens to a guy that chose to be a hired gun instead of building his own dynasty. 
I don't hate him......but I kinda have to look at him like Tiger Woods, he's still one of the best at what he does but everyone knows what he's really like now.



Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:27 pm
 

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Twitter is about the dumbest thing ever invented.  Do you read the posts from all of these guys.

Wheels down in wherever, going to work out, peace out.

There are only a couple of insteresting people like Ochocinco.  Lebron is boring as hell along with almost everyone else.


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