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LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 10:46 am
Posted by Ben Golliver


How long has the NBA lockout lasted? The NBA lockout has gone on so long that Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James has finally realized that "The Decision" wasn't the best idea.

Less than six months ago, the 2011 NBA Finals just lost, James took a hard line against those who criticized him in the aftermath of the television special in which he announced his intention to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat during the summer of 2010.

"At the end of the day," James said, "all the people that were rooting for me to fail, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that... They can get a few days, or a few months, or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point."

That was June. Now it's November, and James has criss-crossed the country and traveled the world, bringing basketball to all sorts of far reaches and raising loads of money for charity, all while spending the longest amount of time away from the court since he entered the NBA in 2003. All that time off has him singing a different tune.

In an interview with The Guardian, James says he totally understands why people would have been upset by the decision and goes so far as to apologize for hurting people.
Was James taken aback by the ferocious criticism of his screening of "The Decision"? "Um, yeah. I was surprised by it because I was making a decision for myself. I was doing something that I believed was going to make me happy and freshen me up. But looking back I can understand why a lot of people were upset. That definitely wasn't my intention: to upset people."

Does he wish he could change what he did in the summer of 2010? "I can't say I would change anything – because it would change so much that is leading to the future. But, yeah, there is definitely a better way I could have handled it, as far as the whole TV thing is concerned, and the same goes for the build-up to the announcement. A lot of people were hurt by it – and I definitely apologise to them. At the same time, you should never be afraid to do what you believe in."
What's more, absent the postseason pressure and with some time and space to reflect, James even says he misses the negativity that followed him from arena to arena during the 2010-2011 season.
James even claims to miss the booing that usually trails him. "I miss it right now with the lockout, feeding off the opposing crowd and them booing you – in a good way. Some of 'em, they boo you because they don't like you personally – but they don't know you personally. They haven't had the opportunity to sit next to you. If they did, they might have a totally different idea about you."
Just to recap: Five months ago, James encouraged his haters to enjoy their pointless lives because he wasn't going to change. In November, James misses their criticism, realizes those critical of him aren't doing so blindly, and says that he's sorry if people were hurt by his actions. He refuses to directly express regret, but all the ingredients are there. This isn't a total personality transplant, but it's definitely a makeover.

It's always been said that absence makes the hard grow fonder. Who would have guessed that phrase applied to superstars and their haters too?

Category: NBA

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:21 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

I was born a Bulls fan, and adopted the O-Magic when living in O-Town, but I still don't understand the venom sent Lebron's way.  The guy might have chosen a bad venue; but he did raise over a million dollars for the Boys Town with it.  How many of the haters can say they raised $1M for charity?  The guy came from a broken home, yet still kept his head on straight and is by all accounts a good father, doesnt get in trouble in bars, etc., and yet people act like he planned Hitler's invasion of Poland!?!  I was forced to root for the guy simply because of the ignorant haters!
I think he is worth around 100 million, what the hell is a 1 million to him? Really? He makes 15 a year just off basketball, forget all the other endorsements..such as the money he makes off Nike shoes that are made in sweatshops in third world countries. When did he raise the one million? I have no idea, my hunch would be after the decision, because he wanted to imrove his public image, therefore getting more endorsments to line his pockets. 

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:02 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

The whole mess with Lebron is full of irony.  I haven't done a lot of research on his life, but i remember the hype as to who would get this superstar out of high school.  There was more hype around Lebron James than around any first round draft pick in recent memory.  What is a young person supposed to do when during their teenage years they are not just put on a pedestal, but on top of a mountain.  They're swooned by agents and fans.  They're promised millions upon millions of dollars.  They are worshipped.  It's the media and us that put this youngster in a godlike hero picture frame.  We build him up only to have the opportunity to tear him down.  One minute we have 20 story posters of him on our buildings, and we practically bow down to him, and then he changes zip codes and he is vilified.  So what if he changed teams?  Cleveland has been a crappy team with questionable ownership.  I'm so tired of the nastiness that has followed LBJ around in the last year.  He's right when he said "Get Over It."  Move on.  Enjoy watching him play.  All he's done is what most of us would do if we were worshipped and had money thrown at us when we are teenagers.

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:48 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Only a few diehards are upset.  The majority of the people who watch the NBA are sick of LeBum's issues and the insane money these players get. I read today that the Utah Jazz lost 17 million last year. How is that so? It is hard to get tickets when I go to ski and take in a game. The seats are not insane prices like Boston or LA but their good seats are close to insane. So BK the NBA and then some of these players who never made it to or even through college might have to file unemployment. What a Joke. It is like the mafia fighting over turf.  What a bunch of gangsters.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:33 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

i'am not a lebron james fan by all means, but what does lebron understand about anything!!!????  the guy goes on national tv to announce that he was going to miami! that was the turning point for me! i lost all respect for the man after that.  I'am on the side of the cavs fans who genuinely hate him!!!!

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:26 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

As a Cleveland fan I am beyond the Lebron thing, u keep coming back to akron looking for handouts or get what ur lacking in Miami "respect is a 2 way street"   Your a product of your envvironment,  u slap Northrastern Ohio in the face of national tv and now want us as akronites to embrace you and other players at up  to $160 a pop for a ticket in an economic depresssed  state.  Once again is all about the $$$$$$, the playes just don't get.  I get the fact that it's for charity but lets be real home many people throught the country can't even feed their family?  Yet we look to pay out the nose for a ticket for what?  A charity?  I think I'll find a family that can really use my $160 to have a better holiday and then go watch  some real basketball....high school that is!

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:48 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

It's funny to hear these crybabies crying over spilt milk. So what, Lebron made a choice to be selfish and play where HE wants to play. Cleveland had it's chance and nothing came of it and he left to persue his goal of claiming a championship. And everyone's looking at the negative of how he went on national TV to decide where he was going...hell, it was going to be televised regardless so why not produce it himself and DONATE it to CHARITY. Was he supposed to spend his entire career in Cleveland and not win a championship and be like Charles Barkley thinking of the shoulda coulda woulda's? Move on and let go people really and for so many people who dont like him y'all really show it by following every article and commenting, feeding the machine even more. dumb@sses.

Then, we have the hypocrites who complain about the players agreeing to something that they feel is unfair. America was built on getting over on people. How would you like if new wages and policies was set forth at your company? They're fighting for the same rights that we would at our regular jobs...just because they're rich doesnt dilute the point they're trying to make. Get over it and stfu up already

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:43 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Didnt this guy tell us to "go back to our miserable lives" less than a year ago? Yeah, nutjob.

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:20 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

I am sick of playings and NBA officals and owners saying they feel sorry for the security guards parking officals etc...

If they really felt sorry, they would put there hand in there back pocket, take out a fist full of cash (cus there is no way a spoilt brat can spend $20 Million a year, there is only so many houses and cars you can buy) and GIVE IT TO THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THERE JOBS.

It the least you can do. But oh i forgot, its you greed that made them loose there jobs and go on food stamps

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:59 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos


Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:57 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Self centered looser...had a chance to develop a winning team and be a leader! Now he is Wades Pippen and no one cares!

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