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LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 6:45 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



Post-Decision, LeBron James was not popular. He had become the new villain, the new guy to boo and root against. The numbers even confirmed it. According the Q Scores Company in September, only 14 percent of people polled thought of LeBron positively, while 39 percent thought of him negatively.

And if you recall, there was some difference in those numbers between white and black people, so we all had a couple weeks of trying to "figure that out."

But just like he predicted, LeBron's image has improved. According to Q Scores today, 17 percent of the general population polled saw LeBron positively (a 21 percent jump), while his negative rating dropped six digits to 33 percent.

Not a jaw-dropping swing, but an improvement nonetheless.

It's been quite a swirl of PR for LeBron since the disaster of "The Decision" though. Recovering from that has been a challenge, but little things like his "What Should I Do?" commercial combined with the Heat actually playing fairly well, have helped. Everyone likes a winner and the Heat are a pretty good team.

He tried to be the villain but he's just not that type of player, or person. The reality is, LeBron wants to be liked. He wants to be revered in the same way Michael Jordan was. He wants every kid wearing his jersey, donning a headband just like him and maybe even shooting ridiculous 3s at the worst possible moments like him. (Well, maybe not that last one.) That was the whole point of "The Decision" -- to raise his profile. He wants to be a global icon, not a global villain.

Time heals things like this and in a couple years, LeBron will be back to a fairly well-liked player. Probably not in the way he was in Cleveland or ever to Jordan's level, but win some, play great and get further away from your terrible Decision, and people will forgive and forget. It's the way it works.

Fact is, LeBron is an addictive basketball player. He's impossible not to watch. He's not overly charismatic or likable -- he's never been those things -- but his talent alone is remarkable and makes him someone that you can't just push aside and ignore. So nights where he drops a line like 35-12-11, you have to just nod and say, "Wow, he's great." And people admire greatness over silly decisions and one-hour specials. We're a weird group like that.

On top of that, while LeBron might not be "popular" in the eyes of the population polled by some weird company that determines such things, he couldn't be more popular in the sense that we all can't stop talking about him. If his name is attached to anything, we're talking about it. I'm writing about it. And if I'm not writing about it, someone is yelling at me because I need to be writing about it. LeBron is one of the major focuses of the sports world and someone that is constantly present in the conversation.

So in a general sense of popularity, LeBron still might be viewed negatively, even if his so-called score improved. But in terms of how much we talk about him, I don't think that's dipped at all. If anything, it's just increased. I mean, did you see this story?
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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 1:59 pm
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

@optomisticfam............. the decission had nothing to do with charity. It was all about Lebron being in the spotlight again. It only raised 3 mil for the charity and Lebron could have given that charity 20mil and not blinked about it and then make his decision like a decent human being does when he/she decides to change jobs. You give your old employer a notice so they can find someone to fill your spot. Miami fans will eventually find out what it took Cleveland fans years to find out. Lebron doesn't care about his team or city. Lebron cares about Lebron period! The whole team taking a pay cut to join forces to win a ring is the same thing as buying a ring. You will all see the real Lebron when he starts throwing everyone under the bus after they lose in the first round. Trust me I know people who went to school with him.



Since: Mar 23, 2011
Posted on: March 23, 2011 1:11 pm
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

While those of you  who continue to hate LeBron, he continues to donate his time and money to some wonderful causes. While the "decision" may not have been the best platform to announce his plans, he raised millions for the Boys & Girls Club in ONE hour! Cleveland seems to forget who filled the seats of their arena every home game &  made more money for a sports franchise than any Cleveland pro athlete before him! I have been a fan since I first learned who Lebron was and read his story. As I live in FL. I am glad he moved to the Heat, where I hope he will realize his dreams. He's not the first pro athlete to make a change. I don't understand why people can't grasp the fact that he did what he felt was best. How many SUPERSTAR athletes have ever taken a paycut when they are still in their prime?? I love you Lebron and I am happy you came to Florida!!




Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:44 pm
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

Yes he actually does seem to be the type to overly care about what people think about him.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:02 pm
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

Fact is, he was still like the 3rd highest vote getter in the NBA allstar game.  If he was so hated he would not have been picked by all the fans.  I think these message boards are misleading and don't represent the general population that really just does not care as much as we do.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:16 pm
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

Fact is:  Tons of folks do not like the best in their sport.  How many truly liked Jordan?  He wasn't a likable guy at all.  But he was respected for his talent.  Same goes with Kobe.  He isn't as well liked as he is talented.  And the same will go with Lebron.  Except of those three, Lebron is the most likable player.  So don't be surprised if Lebron, contrary to media help or support; does in fact become more popular than Jordan.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:09 pm
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

LeBron does cae what people think of him, thats what makes this soo fun. But in a few years, if his teams win, fans will jump on the bandwagon.. thats just what we do. Half of L.A. cant remember the "Black Mamba" sliding up on a white girl in Colorado.
That story is old...and so will this after a few years. Granted I never liked Lebron, probably because I'm a Kobe fan, but the Decision was rather rediculous. To think, I even waited for like 40 minutes to hear what team he was going to play for was rather stupid. I am most positive that if he chose any other team than Miami, he would be a lot less hated. It's the fact that he chose to go where Bosh and Wade both are at to increase his chance at a ring is wrong.
And yes, I hate Lebron, even when he wins his first ring, or his second, or his third, etc.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:59 am
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

WHATEVER! Don't believe it. He is still hated by everyone I know in many states. The fact of the matter is that there are still idiots like this author who don't mind egomaniacs with no integrity being their own kids role models. I personally try to teach every young person in my life to admire and respect those who deserve it. The main problem with young kids these days is that they can't even see what Lebron does wrong because their own parents didn't teach them any morals, integrity, class, respect, or loyalty.



Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:52 am
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

LeBron does cae what people think of him, thats what makes this soo fun. But in a few years, if his teams win, fans will jump on the bandwagon.. thats just what we do. Half of L.A. cant remember the "Black Mamba" sliding up on a white girl in Colorado.


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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:01 am
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Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:16 am
 

LeBron's Q Score climbs a bit to the popular side

I almost want to thank LeBron. He's actually simplified my life quite a bit. I have not watched one NBA game this year that the Cavs have not been involved in and you know what? I don't miss it at all. I found that I couldn't care less as to who wins a Lakers - Celtics game. I honestly hope Miami or Oklahoma City don't win the championship, but other than that I don't care who does.

LeBron's also simplified my spending habits. I simply did a search to find out who pays LeBron for plugging their products and I've completely boycotted those places. I'll buy Adidas instead of Nike. The rare times I visit a fast food joint it'll be Wendy's over McDonald's. I won't even price shop for insurance at State Farm...


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