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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: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:54 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

It's always been said that absence makes the hard grow fonder.
Uh, isn't that heart grow fonder?

Anyways, here is a little publicity rant by the former King himself. Trying to deflect the fans criticism yet again.
My Christmas wish: No more NBA. Please. Owners and players. The league is a circus. That is all it is. It is not basketball the way Naismith envisioned, invented and developed it.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:50 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?

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:44 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

I've never been a Lebron fan because while his game is definitely effective, it's not as creative as Kobe's and Wade's.  People need to let go though of "The Decision".  How many adults out there can honestly say if they had millions of dollars as an 18 year old, it wouldn't have stunted their growth in some way?  Had I earned millions at 18, I'd be 40 years old going on 19 right now.  I'm actually thankful I didn't have too much too soon because I never would have grown.  The point is, Lebron is doing pretty well considering the power, money, and fame he has, and he's only going to mature.   One of the problems in this Country is people love to see people climb to the top, but once they get to the top, they want them to plummet back down to their level. 

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:20 pm

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Now that the NBA doesn't exst, I hope all these clowns just go away.

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:54 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

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Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:54 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

he understands that I make 50000 a year....there is nothing about the fans that he understands....maybe the luxury box kids......but not the average guy who can't afford a ticket......I know that's not the point of his statement......but there is nothing about the fan he understands....period....if I'm locked out I'd have to drive a taxi tomorrow or lose my house, car....everything...nuff said

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:42 am

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.
Could it be I missed it or could it be people are being to dramatic and over the top?

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:39 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Isn't that the same shirt he wore on the Decision spectacle?  He must love it.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:27 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

Did anyone else get the impression that was just a Vitamin Water add, and nothing to do with Mebron James? Hell they even put him in the dorkiest shirt ever just to detrack from looking at him.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:36 am

LeBron: I understand fan anger, miss the boos

LeBron doesnt understand at all if he thinks most people are angry over this......sorry LeBron, the VAST VAST majority dont care enough to be angry

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