Subject of the day around the country, so, what the he!!. Let's give our takes. Personally, I don't. I don't like him by any means. Even dislike is a strong word. Annoyed by him is very accurate. Enfuriated by what he represents is very accurate. But no, I do not 'Hate' him. Here's why. Gotta take everything into consideration. Raised in poverty, I believe. Father was a no-show. Mother is the kind of person that allegedly attacks parking attendents(sp?) at 4am for not getting her car to her fast enough...and sleeps with her son's teammates. He's been told by everyone around him that he's going to be the next Michael Jordan since he was 14. He's been a millionaire since he was 17 or 18. He hasn't had to give a crap about school...or any of the other normal human concerns since he was idk, 15. He's gotten everything he's ever wanted. He was born with it all. And there's really no one else that's ever experienced QUITE that kind of hype, that kind of situation. He came along at a very dangerous time...in terms of the media/sports world obsession with recruiting...the big time advertising dollars going to athletes...etc. That put the man on an island. He might have everything in the world, but he probably hasn't had a single REAL friend since he was 14. Most of the people he's been close to since then have all wanted something from him. A bunch of hangers-on. A bunch of yes-men. A bunch of agents. Advertising execs. Thieves basically. He's never really been around people that genuinely cared about him...wanted what was best for HIM...told him what he needed to hear...and he's been walking around with an 8th grade education from what I'm assuming was a bad public school. Guy's not that smart. Guy's not getting good advice, from anyone. Hated how he left Miami. Grant Hill I thought set the tone for how a superstar leaves the team that drafted him. He was honest with the front office. He wanted to live in Orlando. He thought Tim Duncan was going to join him there. He thought he was going to win championships there. The only REAL difference was that he was honest with our front office - enabled a sign and trade that led to a championship for us - and he wasn't such an attention hog. Grant Hill had a great set of parents, and a 4 year education from one of the finest universities in the country though. LeBron didn't even answer texts from Cleveland's front office when he was leaving. He was ticked at them, and didn't care that his retaliation was hurting his fans as well. He didn't have the courage - or knowledge - to do it the right way. I don't know if the guy wants to be the greatest basketball player ever, and there's nothing wrong with that. Maybe he's content with just being super rich, getting everything he wants. Nothing wrong with that, a lot of good people would be content with the exact same. Just because he was born with the potential to be the greatest ever doesn't mean that it's his duty to fulfill THAT potential. He's dumb. He's got a very strange, un-respected personality. But that's probably not completely his fault either...given what he's the product of. Don't like him. Who he is. Etc. But I certainly don't HATE him, or even blame him for what he is. Thoughts?