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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 20, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:13 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Greatest Tweet In The History Of Tweets!

Some people don't get it.

LeBron is one of them that does.

Just sayin'

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:11 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Wow he truly is an idiot.  As other posters have said, no one cares that he wants to take his talents to south beach (i.e. the women and maybe some basketball) or that he failed as a leading man and is now Robin to Wade's Batman.  

What people DO care about is his pompous self aggrandizement, his lack of consideration for the people of CLE (not the ownership, but the fans) who thought he was coming back to only get ball punched on national tv, and his inability to figure out that he keeps sticking both feet in his mouth.  He does have a management team, right?  


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:11 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Oh, and I sorta hate the guy that is openly pandering to James like a little whore with this blog entry. Throw yourself at his feet a little more, little man. What a punk.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:03 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

Open a**, insert head. Seems to James philosophy on life.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:02 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

I don't hate James for wanting to make $109,000,000 to play ball with his friends in South Beach. I don't hate him for undermining his own greatness and joining someone else's team. And I sure don't hate him for returning a little of the venom that has been heaped in his direction. I hate him for The Decision. I hate him for humiliating his hometown team on national television just so he could stroke his mammoth ego. I hate him for daring to hide behind little kids. Anyone too stupid to see through that little stunt, please go hit yourself in the head with something. That's why I hate him. I keep seeing mention being made of the "doubters" that James is gunning for. No one argues that the Heat will be a great team, so I don't know where that comes from. Maybe he doubts it himself and it's manifesting outward somehow. In any event, no one I know doubts their ability. We absolutely doubt their heart and courage.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 3:55 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

You big 'ol baby! Nobody "Hates" you. I dont even live in the northern US but had an affection for the Cavs because of you. Now, I still like the Cavs and you arent there. Why didnt you get Dwade to come play with you? You were played like a fiddle by the Riley Clan. Now you wish you were back home (and it hurts, I know) but its too late! Have a good life and out of kindness, I hope the Cavs whip ya'lls ass! LOL!

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 3:50 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

He's just proving everyones point from the beginning... can this guy tone down his ego just a bit?!

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 3:48 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

What a DOUCHE!!!  He has the nerve to talk about people getting their 5 minutes of fame, but he rents out an hour on ESPN to announce what everybody already knew, that he was selling out to ride Wade's coattails, cuz he couldnt win anything on his own.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 3:42 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

See, LeBron still isn't smart enough to get it.  People don't "hate" him for any reason other than he acts like an immature child.  Oh yes, LeBron keep your list of all the "haters" - those same haters are keeping their list that showed you had to join D-Wade to attempt to win a title and you didn't give 100% while playing for the Cavaliers.

You went from being possibly the most loved figure in sports to being the most hated!  That is your fault LeBron!  You stabbed an entire fan base in the back!  You acted like you didn't care.  That is why the sports world hates you (Miami excluded).  You are an immature child.  an immense talent, but an immature child.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 3:40 pm

LeBron opens up "Hater Day" on Twitter

What's to hate????  I guess it's not his fault he was anointed the second coming of Christ while he was still in high school.

Maybe the NBA should just give Miami the title now and give everyone the year off to rest.

Never in my life have I ever hoped for someone to fail as I do now, sadly, I used to like Wade and Bosh.

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