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5 Things LeBron James Should Not Have Done: NBA Fan
First of all, let me state unequivocally that I am a big LeBron James fan. LeBron is one of the most talented and likeable players in the NBA. And I really think that most of the criticism levied against him is unwarranted. While other NBA players are committing crimes and dirty fouls, LeBron James has always kept his nose clean.
But through the years, he has said and done things that have been blown out of proportion by the media and NBA fans. Still, by now he should know better. His latest "transgression" is blaming his subpar play on a cold. Take a look back at five things LeBron James probably should not have done.
LeBron James refuses to shake hands after a playoff loss
Now, I have no excuse for LeBron James on this one. After the Orlando Magic eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, James walked off the court without congratulating the Magic. While there is not a strong tradition of congratulating opponents after NBA games, handshakes are supposed to be exchanged after playoff series. As angry and frustrated as you may be, you have to be a good sport after a loss.
I am a diehard New Orleans Hornets fan. If Chris Paul(notes) leaves the Hornets, I will not be a happy camper. So I can understand the anger of Cleveland fans. But I cannot figure out why NBA fans in other cities have vilified LeBron James for "taking his talents" to Miami. I agree, the over-the-top, nationally televised show was a bit ridiculous. But to hate LeBron James for signing with the Heat is ludicrous. Every American has the right to work in their city of choice.
Miami Heat cry after loss
While there is no direct evidence that LeBron James cried after a regular season Heat loss to the Chicago Bulls, he was certainly presumed guilty of this "crime." First of all, Heat President Pat Riley should have kicked Erik Spoelstra's butt for admitting this. He should have known that the media would jump all over his players for crying. But really, who cares? As a fan, I would feel good that LeBron James cares enough that he is reduced to tears after a loss.
LeBron James over-celebrates after defeating the Boston Celtics
So LeBron James is criticized for crying after a loss. Then LeBron James is criticized for celebrating after a win! If those two statements don't prove that LeBron James is overly scrutinized, I don't know what does. When the Miami Heat defeated the Celtics in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the media felt that LeBron and his teammates took their postgame celebration too far since the win was not for the NBA title. LeBron James can't catch a break.
LeBron James blames poor play on a cold
I have to admit I cringed when I heard this one. LeBron James should have known better than to admit this. LeBron James claimed that he has not been able to sleep well in Chicago because of a cold. And Chicago is the wrong place to make such an assertion. I still remember Michael Jordan scoring 38 points in a winning effort in the NBA Finals while fighting food poisoning. Champions do not blame losses on illness. They win in spite of illness. C'mon LeBron.
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