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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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Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:02 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

why is every one still call this guy KING? Heck, he's more like a Pauper among the Knights. Never won anything,but act like an AAAAAAAs!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:58 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:46 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Why is everyone ripping LeBron because all he wants to do is make money and have fun?  Is that any different from what most of the rest of us are trying to do?  I love the idea that because he's an athlete he has got to have this warrior mentality and be ready to spill blood for his team.  Really?  Newsflash, for him basketball is a job, a high paying, high profile job, but at the end of the day it's just a job.  Good for him that he can see the humor in people blogging out of their parent's basement that leaving Cleveland somehow made him go from being a demi god to some vile, disgusting dog poop on the bottom of your shoe.  Who knows, maybe a little more emotion might make him play better but at the same time he seems to be doing quite all right on the court right now, thank you.  And now that he's got a little help he just might get those rings that everyone seems fixated on.  Hate on, haters, it won't matter to LeBron.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:31 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

The one thing that he didn't have enough money to prevent from happening was Delonte West tapping LBJ's mom.  No matter how much money he has, he still has to call Delonte "DAD."

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:14 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Money changes most people, including LeGone James.  This guy has SO MUCH MONEY that he can afford to not care about what anyone else thinks of him, because it is irrelevant.  If he needs to feel good about himself, he can just go out and hire an umbrella holder/back-scratcher to his entourage who will spend lots of time telling him just how wonderful he is...  It's shame, because if he tried real hard, he could probably remember the time when other people's feelings mattered to him (probably 8th grade).  And if for some reason he can't find someone to offset the negative comments about him, he can always have his entourage blame the negative comments on the "Slaver Owners" who have no valid issues with LeGone, by virtue of the fact that they obviously must be "Slave Owners" is they dislike him. 

Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:02 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

I will not BUY - not bye

Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:00 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Another self proclaimed day for "King James" this year.  So that is two and counting.  This is more days than we devote to our presidents, fallen soldiers, or MLK.  Actually right now he has tied with Jesus (Christmas & Easter).   This guy thinks he is it.  I am laughing at all you defending him because he wouldn't give a da_m about you if he ever met you in person.  No matter how many of his products you had purchased.  He has an ego bigger than any person on this planet.  He doesn't care about his fans.  He cares about partying it up and making more money.  I will not bye anything this guy sponsors.  I wish everyone would do the same.  Many people have been on top thinking they were "king" like but eventually this attitude comes back to bite them in the a$$.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:54 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:53 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter


Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:49 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

At what point in time will Lebron celebrate "Grow Up Day"?

Ignorant turd needs to grow the f up. If he wasn't playing basketball for a living, he'd be flipping burgers. Guy is an f'n moron.

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