Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Breeze147, Jul 3, 2018.
Informal poll for my own purposes.
I am intrigued by folks' deep emotional ties -- positively or negatively -- to and obsessions with sports and related cultural figures. I don't have much in the way of feelings about him, however, as hoops isn't on my radar screen. So I guess with that preordained field I'm going with "Who Cares?"
In a league of his own!
Perhaps my beloved Timberwolves could be moved over to the East now...
I'd love him if he were on my team, but I can't stand his me, me, me attitude and how he cries like a little baby when he doesn't get the fouls calls.
Sounds like Neymar.
he seems ok. I dont really follow basketball though so i really dont care.
He doesn't have a me, me, me attitude, as evidenced by most of what he has done in his career and as a public figure. He does cry to the refs a lot, though. But that's true of most every pro athlete
Totally agree with UK Fanatic
Are you ki
Are you kidding me? Have you ever heard him speak after a game? I, I, I, I, me, me,me....It's always about Lebron James and never the team. He gets coaches fired, players traded, and players he wants signed and then when it doesn't work out he blames someone else. One of the greatest ever to play the game and he does great things for the community and charities, but he's still a huge prima donna.
I hope he does well in life
I do not care anything about the NBA and even less about Lebron James. I do not follow either one.
He was pretty funny in the movie Trainwreck.
(I know of him but I'm a baseball gal.)
I went with "LOVE HIM". I'm a little bit biased in that my next door neighbor when I was little in Akron became his high-school coach and LeBron is from west Akron, as am I. He never forgot where he came from and has given much of himself and his fortune back to that community.
I'm a long time Warriors fan having moved to the Bay Area as a teen in 1975. Before that, I was very much a Cavaliers fan from their inception in 1970 (Go Austin Carr). Even though LeBron has been the Warriors nemesis and rival in the NBA Finals the last 4 years, I admire the way he carries himself in the midst of what I can only imagine must be the demands placed on the greatest player of this generation.
I AM an NBA fan. LeBron's been under the microscope of the national media since he was 16 and I though not perfect, I think he's handled himself and his business admirably.
Polls such as this always seem to be polarized... "most loved" people also seem to almost always be "most disliked or hated" as well... comes with the turf.
And why does it have to be "LOVE" or "HATE"? Our culture likes cheap shorthand. His numbers are impressive. I can imagine he's a huge prima donna. One need not follow the league to pick up on what he does do for folks. He's still just a dude playing a game. Have fun. Enjoy it. Admire the skill. But "LOVE" or "HATE"? Silly.
I'm drawing a parallel to the various Most Loved polls I've seen on line and in various newspapers for restaurants, casinos, etc. The cream always seems to rise to the top in these polls, but when the question turns to people... the most loved elected official in any town is almost always the highest vote getter in the most despised category as well. Steve Wynn, though not an elected official, before his latest kerfuffle is an example of this as well in Vegas polls I've seen.
I may give too much credence to the words Love and Hate... I get your point... but it's OK to be passionate about sports and other things as well. I'm not big on complacency.
I never could run and dribble. I never could slam dunk. I am ambivalent about professional basketball.
LeBron was great for CLE and we thank him for it. His charitable footprint was huge.
Not kidding you. I think we have different definitions of what constitutes a me, me, me public figure. At a minimum, people who do great things for their community and charities aren't me, me, me. I agree he has a big ego (every pro and amateur athlete I have ever met has that). And he has gotten coaches fired and players traded, which is not unusual in pro sports. He did those things because he badly wants to win, for himself and others. Multiple times in his career he took less money to help his team improve. Four years ago he went back to Cleveland because he understood what it would mean to that community if he could help them win. He has taken social stances that are not popular with some of his fans and potential fans because he believed it was the right thing to do. He also learned from his mistakes (e.g., The Decision) which is not a trait of persons focused only on themselves. he remained loyal to the friends and people he grew up with and brought them along with him. And this is nuanced, but as a basketball obsessive, I can tell you that his game is not that of a me, me, me player. He has always been about making the right play, even if that meant someone else got the chance at glory. Those examples are not a me, me, me player in my book
It is. Why have sports if it doesn't move us? But we just too easily default these days to what seem unnecessary extremes, even if it is just loose language. And I agree, "best" typically comes with the same number of "worst" votes; goes with the territory. In golf, people aren't exactly moved by Jimmy Walker, but put Tiger and Phil into the mix, Sergio ... hearts and darts.
P.S. And some ego in the mix is not a bad thing. Ego (in a player) is what fuels most of this love/hate stuff.
Good reminder! I’m often guilty as charged.
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