Lebron James: You Either Love Him or Hate Him

Lebron dances during the Cavs victory last night against the Bulls.

Lebron dances during the Cavs victory last night against the Bulls.

If you are like me and really despise Lebron James cocky attitude, then here is yet another reason to increase your hate toward this guy. During last night’s blowout victory over the Chicago Bulls, Lebron thought that it would be a good idea to celebrate the win by dancing on the sideline. Just like I did, the Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah took exception to his dancing. Via Cleveland.com:

“You’re losing the way you’re losing and guys are rubbing it in your face, dancing and all that,” Noah said. “I have a lot of respect for LeBron. It’s just a frustrating situation.”

Instead of  just sitting back and being scared of Lebron’s stardom, Noah stuck up for himself and his team. While Lebron was shooting a free throw late in the fourth quarter, up 18 points, Noah started yapping at Lebron from the bench. Being the cocky S.O.B that Lebron is he decided to walk toward the Chicago bench to confront Noah, between his two free throws. The two yapped back and forth before other teammates, coaches, and referees broke it up. Lebron went on to hit his next free throw and the Cavs won the game in dominating fashion.

I just went to mention that I am a supporter of players having “swagger”, WHILE on the floor. As long as the celebration is not insulting to the other team, I am all for it. What Lebron James did was just another act to get attention on him, and add insult to a Chicago Bulls team that was already down and out.

Being a Celtics fan, and seeing Gino on the jumbo-tron during Celtics games, I know that sometimes players want to have fun and enjoy victories. When the Celtics dance to Gino it is usually calm and collective dancing, during a time out. Lebron took it a step too far by standing out to the crowd and dancing while the game was going on. This is just poor sportsmanship and another reason for fans like me to despise Lebron James.

I know there will be some fans out there that approve of Lebron’s dancing, so in a polite way please comment on why you think Lebron was not wrong by doing this.

Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Joakim Noah, Lebron James

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  • Jill Rey

    Agreed 100%. Last night’s display by Lebron was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in pro sports, which says something when you consider there are guys like Kevin Garnet’s antics or JR Smith’s poses up in Denver.

    But Lebron has taken vile and unclassy to a whole new level even surpassing the foul-mouthed/cheap shot artists that is Kevin Garnet.

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com bpaul

    Thanks for the comment. I do agree with you about Lebron. The thing with KG though is that he uses his “foul-mouth” to motivate himself and his teammates. He is never one to try to put down another team when they are already down and out. KG is just a player with a lot of intensity, you either love it or hate it.

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com greenbanner18

    Ya KG doesn’t cuss and swear AT his opponents- he is just so intense and has so much emotion it comes out. Players have even come out to say this about him- that when he is swearing they dont even pay attention because they know it is not toward them. As for James, he is cocky but hasnt won anything yet.

  • Dav305z

    Give me a break, this is basketball. The Celtics are some of the cockiest trash talkers in the league. Did you see them getting into Kevin Durant’s head Friday night? Even Larry Bird was a big trash talker. As long as you can back it up – which both the Celtics and LeBron can – then there’s no issue.

  • Bpaul

    Lebron back up? Since when? Win a championship then talk. All Lebron can back up is individual accolades, win a championship and then get cocky.

  • http://none Phil

    Even Kobe isn’t this big of a douchebag.

  • brisi

    a view from ireland – so we miss all the dung-talk that clearly goes on involving nba players both in-game and post-game. But the perception coming over the atlantic about le bron is disappointing. Huffing like a spoilt kid in the play-offs last year, disrespecting opponents who are themselves depleted by injuries, and it is clear his attitude has influenced the behaviour of his team members – look at the demeanor of williams & gibson. What have they all in common? No REAL silverware, just individual ‘accolades’. They need to heed life’s lesson, and go EARN IT. He’ll win nothing in that team he has helped ‘create’, he’ll walk away next year, and watch out for his increasing desperation as he strives to put the horse before the cart in his peak years, and come up with nothing. Red A would have sorted him out back in the day….

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com greenbanner18

    In game trash talk is much different than showing up your opponent Dav305z. All teams in game trash talk.

  • Jill Rey

    KG swears at opponents almost EVERY GAME. He makes obscene gestures at opponents and takes cheap shots all the time. The guy is a complete tool. So is Lebron.

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com bpaul

    There’s a big difference between swearing at opponents in a very competitive atmosphere and simply rubbing it into opponents faces. KG and Lebron are totally different. Like I said before KG’s trash talk and actions come from being intense. Lebron’s just comes from being a cocky little ……

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  • classmore

    I completely disagree with these posts. I’m guessing you are all defending KG because he is the anchor of the Celtics team, which is fair. But to play ignorant and try to condone his actions and not LeBron’s is very unfair. Just because a game is ‘intense’, directly discriminating your opponent cannot be justified. LeBron’s dancing is not directly aimed at anyone, or any team, and therefore all of your negative comments have no value. I’m not sure if any of you clowns read LBJ’s post-game quotes, but he did mention that he was NOT trying to humiliate the other team, but just trying to have fun with his own… I find it odd that you all would choose this game to start hating on LeBron’s dancing, when he has been doing it for the last two years. ‘O, well it’s about time a dude like Noah said something to trigger everyone to voice their opinions’ is not a valid excuse. I actually feel what Noah said was a little over the top, if anything. It has nothing to do with whether LeBron has won a championship, it’s about trying to build chemistry and cohesiveness amongst his teammates so he CAN win one. This is his form- a fun way- of doing it. Damn, you must all hate the NFL.

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com bpaul

    I can condone something KG does, which is play with a load of intensity, because it pushes himself and the rest of the team to play harder. Lebron’s little dancing moves has no affect at all on the game. All it does is add insult to the losing team, and make him seem like a cockier S.O.B then he already is. I am also glad someone stood up to “The Golden Child” of the league, the guy needs to be knocked down a peg or two.

    Thanks for commenting by the way.

  • Dav305z

    I still think you’re making a false distinction. Just in last Friday’s game, you could argue that KG was unsportsman-like when he bumped Durant after a play. And if the distinction is on the court or on the sidelines, how about all the towel waving that the 80s Celtics used to do when they were destroying opponents? Going back even further, Red Auerbach was probably the originator of unsportsman-like conduct. Again, I have no problem with any of this — the toughness and swagger is one of the things I love about the Celtics of past and present. But you can’t then rip a guy for doing much of the same. And, yes he can back it up. While his team has not won a championship (and hopefully will never win one), he’s hardly playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and like it or not, he’s either the best or second best player in the league.

  • classmore

    Has no effect @ all? I really don’t you’re in a position to say that. Maybe you’re right, maybe you’re wrong. I personally feel you are wrong because for one, it loosens up his team, and two, builds the inner chemistry I was talking about in my first comment. Just because you can condone KG’s actions does not been it should be condoned

    You’re welcome.

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com bpaul

    Lebron is the best player in the league, that has nothing to do with how cocky he is. The distinction between KG and Lebron is that KG does it out of just being a pain in the A$$ and Lebron does it because, like I said, he is a cocky S.O.B.
    I also don’t understand how dancing can help your team win games. If anything it takes away from the focus of the team so that everyone can focus on just HIM. HIM HIM HIM. Lebron loves attention and this was yet again another way that he got a lot of it.
    I really appreciate you guys keeping the comments coming, nothing better than some friendly debate.

  • http://www.northstationsports.com northstationsports

    It always amazes me that a guy that is so calculated in his “sound bytes” to the media can constantly make such errors in judgment such as his dance-offs and leaving the court before congratulating the Magic in last year’s EC Finals. It really makes me question his maturity. Sad.

  • S.R.N

    Here’s where I feel a difference about K.G and Lebron:

    Neither one of them deserves the absolute ire that can get generated on an NBA fan blog. Sure, some of the the things they can be ridiculous, (“F*Ck your rookies”, anyone?) but the difference to me is that K.G seems to respect his opponents off the court, on the court, in all situations. We’ve gone over the whole “They all trash talk thing.” There’s more telling signs; K.G. spent years, many many years in Minnesota playing hard and working hard, before the organization and he parted ways. Through most of that time, his teammates stunk. He always played hard for his team. Lebron? Lebron has done to things that set him apart as childish. Storming out of the arena after losing to Dwight Howard? Childish. Constantly leaving your team in the dark about your future intentions while letting the media speculate about your glorious free agency? Childish. Perhaps the king was crowned too soon. I don’t remember K.G doing any of that.

  • http://www.northstationsports.com North Station Sports

    Perfectly said BPaul!

  • Ste Da Boss

    I think Noah is acting like the bitch he shouldn’t be upset that Lebron is happy to smack the Bulls so what he dancing the Bulls should play harder to win I don’t think lebron was dancing to make fun of the Bulls for losing, that’s just how he is, he is still a young player and he is just having fun and because of the fame lebron has I think that’s why some peolpe are mad, if it was a player with Noah dancing they wouldn’t even notices it because his fame is not up to lebron.

  • http://www.hardwoodhoudini.com Bpaul

    I think you pretty much make my point with some of the things you say. Lebron is cocky, immature, and needs to grow up. If he wants all the fame he needs to start acting like a good role model and not being a model for poor sportsmanship.

  • http://www.northstationsports.com North Station Sports

    I Agree w BPaul.

    Ste Da Boss, being the poster child of a professional sports league comes with a heavy responsibility. It’s a responsibility to behave with respect and dignity towards his peers and as a good role model for his fans and the younger players around the league.

    LeBron may be young and at times immature but he also is VERY calculated, don’t let him fool you. He wants to be the “first sports billionaire…” I think he should worry about being a true winner (champion) first. His behavior at times is brilliantly poised and at other times extremely immature.

    True champions win with humility and lose with dignity.

    The “King” has a long way to go…

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