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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.

Esquire.com 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.
Comments

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:45 am
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Then they can watch LeBron win the 2012 NBA Finals and realize how foolish they were to send Raab their money.
Haven't you heard? There's not going to be a 2012 Finals. Tongue out



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:42 am
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

LOL this is just too funny. this guy is smart cause he will write a book on how he feels and add some awful things in there just to sell a book to those retarded haters out there that would pleasure themselfs with it. smart man Raab.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:10 am
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

This guy is only looking to capitalize and take advantage of LeBron haters by selling them a book.  Even though it will make Raab's plan of becoming rich, I hope each and every hater wastes their money on the book.  Then they can watch LeBron win the 2012 NBA Finals and realize how foolish they were to send Raab their money.




Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:01 am
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Normally I try not to root for anything worse then a high ankle sprain or broken ribs.  And in some cases of extreme anger I root for a player to remain in perfect health so when they fail they don't have any excuses.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:53 pm
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

Everyones entitled to their opinion of Lebron, but to wish a career ending injury on someone is taking it too far! That statement just shows the type of person Raab is. If you didn't like the Decision Lebron made (in both ways) the show and the career choice it seems it would be more satisfying to watch Lebron play and fail as he did this season. Regardless of what happens for the remainder of Lebrons career people need to remember this is basketball, a game for our entertainment. I wish people would put half as much time and energy into negative things that truly matter, and not a basketball player changing teams in free agency. For as little class Lebron showed the way he handled leaving Cleveland, Rabb just showed a lot less as a person!



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:04 pm
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

These people need to get a life. If you need to wish ill upon this man to make your day better, you have serious psychological issues. This is basketball and were the people in Cleveland the only naive ones to think he was coming back. Move on and stop making your personal journal a public assault on a man who just changed workplaces. If he were a bad player you probably wouldn't hate him at all.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:57 pm
 

LeBron biographer hoped for career-ending injury

raab sucks, lebron is king!
 



Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Cant wait to get the book...

... Scott Raab is a hero to Clevelanders and will be seen as a hero nationally, including in Miami, shortly. I support him fully and cant wait to support him by buying, reading and extoling the virtues of this sure-to-be-classic book.  Cant wait, Scott! 


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