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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

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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
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:52 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

One word.

Arrogance. 

Another.

Entitlement. 

Who else has ever done a thing like "the decision"? Who else has promised "5 , 6 or 7" championships on live TV? 

There are far worse people in the world then Mr. James, doesn't mean we have to like him.

Does everyone remember when he told average people it sucks to wake up and be them?

You must be his lockout / CBS Sports PR Guy. 


Your view depends on how much hatoraid you presently have in your system.

How about pride?
 or another satisfaction?

There have been plenty of people that have predicted mutliple championships.  Only losers call it arrogance.  Winners call it making themselves accountable.  The best way to hit a goal is to put it out there for the world to hear.  Losers say "I hope" in the privacy of their own mind.  That way if they fail no one else knows.  Winners say "i will!" for the world to hear.

 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:50 pm
 

No Bron...You DO NOT get it as usual

LeBron James, you still do not get it.  You DO NOT understand fans anger because you refuse to see yourself as part of the problem.  The "decision" was all about you and so is this lockout.  Mr. James does not understand that a small market team like Cleveland has no chance to retain a superstar of his caliber in the present economics of today's NBA.  You, Mr. James and your fellow greed driven pals are hurting the NBA and the fans.  We understand you.... You do not understand us.  For you, this is your profession.  It's all good man.  You are uber talented and can do things that most people in the world cannot.  You play a child's game on a professional level and are paid millions for it.  We are not angered that you are making money doing it.  We are angered at the insane amounts of money you make along with the entitlement that goes along with it.  Never forget who it is that ultimately writes your paycheck... it is the fan who supports and boos you.

sincerely,
misunderstood by NBA superstars AKA the fan



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:03 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

You are forgetting all the other economic impacts games bring to each city.  Vendors, hotels, memorabilia, etc., NBA impacts more than the games themselves.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:01 pm
 

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!



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:59 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

I'm all for a shortened season. 82 games is way too long. But I want...a....season.....

56 games spread out during the months of an 82 game season would make a lot more sense 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:09 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos


I doubt LeBron ever said "back to your pathetic lives".  Those words are just a paraphrasing of the comment correctly quoted in the 3rd paragraph of Golliver's article.  It is somewhat reasonable to say, however, that James' comment did imply the sentiment dramatically expressed as "back to your pathetic lives" though.
lol.. Yea I did reach a bit there. I really though he had said that before. I guess I meant this instead : 

 "At the end of the day, all of the people that were rooting for me to fail, tomorrow they'll have to wake up and have the same life that [they had] before they woke up today. They got the same personal problems they had today and I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do." - LeBron James
Basically though, kind of goes back to my original mis quote. You have to wake up tomorrow and go back to your job, struggle with bills. I will wake up a millionaire and do whatever the hell I want to do.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:09 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Yawn ..this is the best NBA season in 15 years! 



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:27 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

I'm still trying to figure out where LeBron said "back to your pathetic lives".  I don't remember those words coming out of his mouth though I've seen a couple people here reference it.

I doubt LeBron ever said "back to your pathetic lives".  Those words are just a paraphrasing of the comment correctly quoted in the 3rd paragraph of Golliver's article.  It is somewhat reasonable to say, however, that James' comment did imply the sentiment dramatically expressed as "back to your pathetic lives" though.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:17 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Now that the NBA doesn't exst, I hope all these clowns just go away.
Yea, kind of like how the NFL and anyone who watches it want's the Indianapolis Colts to go away.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:15 pm
 

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

It is amazing how the human brain works!  I always wondered about how you can have extreme feelings about someone you do not know.  You see this guy on tv and only hear what he says on tv and you form an opinion about him.  Thats like buying a car because you kicked the tires and they sounded good.  Lebron plays basketball.  That is what made him enough money so he will never have to work again.  Away from the spotlight what has he done good or bad?  Unless you know him personally you cannot develop a full picture of the person he is.  Why hate or love a person you do not know?
One word.

Arrogance.

Another.

Entitlement.

Who else has ever done a thing like "the decision"? Who else has promised "5 , 6 or 7" championships on live TV?

There are far worse people in the world then Mr. James, doesn't mean we have to like him.

Does everyone remember when he told average people it sucks to wake up and be them?

You must be his lockout / CBS Sports PR Guy. 


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