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Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:44 am
By Matt Moore

If William Wesley is the silent power broker of the NBA, Isiah Thomas is kind of becoming the opposite. He's the power broker who talks all the time. Thomas is, to no one's surprise, behind the charity event being held next Saturday night at FIU (where he coaches) that featurs a cavalcade of NBA All-Stars. And as part of his promotion for the event, he talked to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about a range of topics, including why it is that so many people hate LeBron James. Naturally, it's not because of "The Decision" or the perceived egotism or the lack of clutch play or the void of championships or the post-game comments about people going back to their lives after the Finals. No, no. It's becaue he's been so successful, you see, according to Thomas. From the Sun-Sentinel
"It kind of comes with the territory when you're really good," Thomas said. "Nobody cares about the loser. Everybody likes the loser.

"Some people are not going to like you because you are successful and I think LeBron has been extremely successful since high school and Wade has been successful and I think those guys will continue to be successful. And with their success, there are going to be some people who are upset with that."
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Thomas continues to foster relationships with the biggest stars, like running interference for James publicly, on his way back to the top. Chris Paul, who reports have linked Thomas to in an effort to recruit the point guard to the Knicks in 2012, is scheduled to appear at the game along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. If you're a Hornets fan, this entire scenario has to make you ill. 

So is Thomas right? Is the backlash against James strictly a reaction to all of his success? That's unlikely, given that Michael Jordan is the most popular basketball player of all time and all he ever did was win. Instead, it's the fact that success doesn't seem to be James' primary goal that seems to irk people. Whether it's his own ego, becoming a global brand, having a good time, or making friends, there always seems to be another priority for James. And while versatility and diversity in life are things we admire in mere mortals, as a public, we tend to despise athletes who aren't obsessed with winning.

It's not that James is successful. It's that he doesn't care about being successful enough.  

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:52 pm

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

There are many former pro athletes who go onto to successful coaching/managing or even executive positions within their sport once their careers have finished. Others are who have no business in those positions are often handed them b/c of their former star status, ie they were great players who understood the game well and as a result that should instantly make them qualified for said positions. No. Far from it. These positions require a far different skill set than is used as a player. Egos often cloud better judgement. Many levels of player evaluation are necessary, from the obvious talent aspect, to leadership skills, ability to handle pressure, emotional make-up, game intelligence, are they coachable, and so many more. Isiah has proven time and again that he is a terrible judge of character, and has little sense of how a team or organization should be run. He is allowed to make these colossal errors and walk away w/o blame b/c he is 2-time world champ and NBA top 50 of all-time member Isiah Thomas. He destroyed the CBA single-handedly, an organization that had been in business for 50 yrs w/o major problems. He made some of the least thought out signings as a Knick exec, which were so bad the Knicks are just now starting to get them off the books. And even worse, he continues to get hired for basketball jobs, which defies explanation really. So anything he has to say about todays crop of NBA elite, esp LeBron James, should go in one ear and out the other.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:29 am

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

LeBron needed the college system to add depth and strength of character to his talent.  The college system isn't perfect but it gives kids a better chance to become men to add character to physical prowess.  It gives young men the ability to distinguish between good advice and Isiah Thomas' advice.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:27 am

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

playing the racism card is quite possibly the stupidest thing someone could do in sports.  name two of the most recognizable sports names in recent history.  Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods.  both were loved during their prime and were considered gods in the sports world.  if tiger wasn't a cheating liar, he'd still be there.  

lebron's downfall is clearly his immaturity and lack of proffessionalism.  that's it end of story.

racism?  c'mon, are you that ignorant? 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:35 am

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

I think Isiah made this statement to stay on the good side of LeBron James and his Miami teammates.  Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and, dare I say it, Isiah Thomas were all more successful (all four won multiple championships) than LeBron James, and all four were generally well-liked and highly respected.  Although I will admit that LeBron James is a remarkably talented and gifted athlete, he has consistently been his own worst enemy with his arrogant whiny attitude, his spoiled child behavior, his fake injuries (witness the Finals last June when LeBron acted like he got hurt, then winked and smiled as he ran downcourt), and his misguided sense of entitlement.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:35 am

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

Racism? In a league with 10% of the players being white, it is a little far out to pull the race, minority card, isn't it?

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:33 am

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

Nothing to do with jealousy. It's his arrogance. Seen in the way he reafused to shake the hands of the Magic after losing to them in the playoffs, topped off with his way of sticking it to Cleveland. Other super stars have been loved by the fans (ie Magic, MJ, Bird) so it is much more than his physical abilities. <br />

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:44 am

Lebron wishes people are jealous of him

He is a roidded up jerk.  Lebron would have win something to get that kind of respect. The selfish no sportmans like douyche bag doesn't promote jealously.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:51 pm

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

Isiah is dead spot on....he did not add the racism angle but I's a factor. Using the decision to demonize LaBron is so overblown as to lend credence to the class and race angle...ESPN is as much to blame as bron...more. Their marketing people had to know how it would play out....also I didn't hear espn giving it's proceeds away.....

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:16 pm

Isiah Thomas is lame

DER721 - right on. You have covered Isiah very well. As for LeBron, he has erred in flashing his ego so publically. From his tattoo "Chosen One" to his demand for special favors from the Cleveland management to his aloofness he has conveyed an image that is bot admired and hated. The Rome clones will like that arrogance but expect him to back it up. The rest of us just don't need the 'tude.

But in LeBron's favor is his work ethic. He has more talent than almost every NBA player current and past. But he has also obviously worked hard to tone his body and develop his basketball instincts. He can take over a game and win all by himself. At present that ability is getting transformed into a team player. Last year was largely a development year as Wade and Bosh are both far better than any previous LeBron teammate. This next year, should there be a next year, will likely show much better for the three as they complement each other and overwhelm the opposition. You cannot double team all three.

I am not a hater. No player should be hated. They are entertainers and LeBron is among the most entertaining of players. Enjoy the basketball and ignore the sideshow is my thinking. It makes the game more fun.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:09 pm

Isiah Thomas: People are jealous of LeBron

Dwyane Wade, and others, are jealous of LeBron James salary, and LeBron is jealous of the Owners bank's really THE BIGGEST REASON why no one is in camp right now.

It's ALL about LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Carmelo, Amar'e, Howard, Chris Paul...these guys all believe they ARE the NBA, and they are ready to hold everyone- the NBPA, the NBA owners and fans hostage until they shake them ALL down for every last penny they can. 

Fan's aren't jealous of LeBron James, or upset about his success...they just don't like to see millionaire, semi-literate, pro athletes without any humility or appreciation for the fans that made them wealthy... they appreciate his talent, they just don't respect him....and "The Decision" did most of that for him....which SHOULD be OK, because LeBron doesn't understand much about respect unless it's directed toward him. Isiah Thomas should relate, he doesn't understand much about humilty or respect either, and trying to be the NBA elite's defacto media pimp isn't helping him, or them, much. 

These guys have been making CEO money so long, they think they are CEO's. They aren't. They are overpaid entertainers, needing a dose of reality.    

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