I was driving around today and caught the end of the Dan Patrick show. The poll today was who is more hated right now, him or Dwight Howard. Howard won but only by something like 55%. Really? Should have been a complete no-brainer. Like 80%
Let's see. One has been having a temper tantrum, demanding that his team trade him to one place in particular (which destroys the team's leverage), after essentially getting the coach and GM fired.
The other is a few years removed from having played out his entire contract and exercising his rights as a FA to go where he wants and simply had an ill-advised show and premature celebration. Oh, and since then, he's won the championship.
Seriously, if LeBron is hated by not only Cleveland, but seemingly all of America, how bad should it be for Howard?
it's like barry bonds. lebron's the face of the narcissistic cesspool the NBA has come, just as bonds came to be so emblematic of the steroid era in baseball. people hate the figurehead, but what they really hate is what the figurehead represents. with bonds and with bronbron, it's pretty easy to point the finger elsewhere -- so and so is a bigger cheater or more of a d00chebag -- but the hate always flows most naturally to the most high-profile guy. and honestly, I don't see it as being unwarranted on any level. this "superteam" crap is bad for the league, IMO, and no one bears more blame for the phenomenon than lebron.