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LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 1:59 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james-ground

In case you missed it, LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat during the summer of 2010, turning the NBA world upside down, eliciting hate from the state of Ohio and causing two men, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and writer Scott Raab, to lose their minds.

Both Gilbert and Raab sought refuge with pen and pad. Gilbert wrote a vicious open letter to Cavaliers fans accusing James of betrayal and promising that the Cavaliers would would win a title before the Heat. Raab took that concept approximately 1,459 steps further, deciding to write a book about James, titled The Whore of Akron, and his first year in South Beach. has released an excerpt from the book. Not surprisingly, the excerpt pulls no punches, mocking James for his receding hairline, his failure to deliver in clutch situations, his decision to play second fiddle to Dwyane Wade and the fact that he is playing in a town that doesn't care about basketball.  

Raab does make one fairly startling statement: he wanted James to suffer a debilitating injury.
This is where LeBron James wants to play basketball, in front of sun-dried cretins who must be bribed to act as if they care about the game and the team. Where another superstar already is the Man in the locker room and on the court; where nobody in the media will ever mention his collapse against Boston, his phantom elbow pain, and his steadfast refusal to hold himself accountable for his team's big-game failures.

For as long as I've been a fan, I've rooted hard against certain teams and players, but never have I hoped to see a career-ending injury — until tonight.

Aside from death and cancer, that's as low as you can go in sportswriting.

But this clearly wasn't an accidental step down a worm hole. The excerpt reads a bit like a self-loathing confession, as Raab details how sorry he feels for himself for being overweight and lays out his prescription medication cocktail of choice for the world to see. The deep personal hatred for James falls under that same umbrella, as the author stands as an obvious symbol of the wreckage James left when he chose to abandon Cleveland for Miami.

How bad was The Decision? So bad a grown man readily admits that he wants a life-altering catastrophe as revenge.

It's a nauseating but ultimately effective device. By the end of the chapter the reader understands this isn't going to be your garden variety James rant. The Whore of Akron promises to go to darker, more disturbing places. This has the makings of a Bible for LeBron haters. Of course, it also has the makings of a restraining order.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:23 pm

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

I'd say that the whole "Decision" thing was probably a bad idea (though I understand that it benefitted a local Boys & Girls Club, so the heart may have been the right place even if the brain wasnt).

But at the end of the day, didn't Lebron going to Miami make the NBA that much more exciting this past year?

How many more fans watched games? How much more interest was there?

Cleveland was a dead end, and he knew it. So he left, and all of basketball benefited, except for Cleveland. Small price to pay.

And I think Cleveland fans MUST have known that there was no championship in site for them.

Just like as a Knick fan (and Met fan), I know there will be no banners hoisted for maybe a decade.

Lebron might be a jerk, but he made the right move, and we should all thank him for it.

Who really gives a crap about Clevaland anyway? No one. that's who.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:39 am

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

If Raab rants how Lebron chokes and sucks in the playoffs, then why would he care that he left the Cavs ??? Trust me, Jordan wouldn't be viewed the same today if he'd of had a career habit of going 0-10 shooting to end playoff games and never won a single championship. Lebron knows this. It's why he went to Miami. He knows after all his hype, all his talent, if he ends his career without a championship, that fact will be what he's remembered for. He wanted to surround himself with other superstars to carry his failures to ensure he gets a ring.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:55 pm

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

I may not like LeBron but listening to this Raab guy makes me puke. Besides who is he to talk about someone's physical appearance!! Did you google his arse!!  lol   Please do...what a joke!!   hahahahaha

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:33 pm

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Scott Raab acts a little boy.  These are the types of things little boys say and write.  I feel sorry for his adolescent mentallity.  Time to grow up.  Basketball is a GAME.

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:35 pm

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

The sad thing about LeBron is that he is by far the most physically speciment in basketball history.  And I think deep down he is a good person, or was... But he has something missing upstairs that the greats have.  And why he handled free agancy like he did will never be understood.  I think it was a comination of bad advice and a massive ego.  Most can understand why he left, but not how, and that is the problem...

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:41 pm

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

I'm a Cavs fan and I hate the way LeBron treated the city, the organization, and the fans. I hate how he went about the whole free agent process, particularly the televised event. I do not wish him bodily harm though. I hope he never wins a title, and to be honest I hope this lockout lasts another 5 years, but I don't want to see the guy get hurt. He's a basketball player, not an evil dictator.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:37 pm

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Writers write to envoke emotion from readers. It doesn't matter what kind of emotion. If readers get "fired up" the material sells. This writer is no different. He writes a piece that gets to people, and here were are paying attention to it! Brilliant move by a veteran writer. Brilliant move, I didn't say brilliant material!<br />

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:47 am

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Wow..just wow..This Raab guy is either mentaly deranged, or just THAT greedy that he will write objectional things to sell a book!  Im a Mavs fan and dont even like LeBron, but christ, wishing the guy a career ending injury?  Clearly Raab has no other life to be THAT wrapped up in a sport that he is clearly heartbroken and bitter about what happend.  Or, he is just trying to make a buck..either way, the other poster was correct with the post :restraining order

Had this writer writen these comments about a woman he had dated or been married to, he would MOST LIKELY wind up in court being hit with not only a restraining order, but possibly a crafty attorny could hit him with intent to inflict bodily harm..that one would be tough, but an attorney could try.

Either way, the guy should be charged with being a tool...if only we could get convictions on that!  So in the end, screw his book, who really wants to waste time to read a book about a guy constantly whining about another guy leaving a city...sorry Cleveland, he is gone, get over it, you will find a new man, I promise.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:43 am

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Stop with all the complaints! 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:28 am

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

This isn't a guy who's just trying to get rich by badmouthing Lebron. Raab has been a writer for Esquire magazine since 1997, so he's got money. This is just him voicing his opinion (albeit a very good opinion) about Lebron. Seeing as how he's 59 years old and has been living in Cleveland long before Lebron was even born means he likely knows more about Lebron than most people think.

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