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David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 4:31 pm
NBA commissioner David Stern says that fans boo Miami Heat star LeBron James because he's good at basketball. Posted by Ben Golliver. heat-stroke

All season long, we've covered the fan reactions to Miami Heat All-Star LeBron James as he's traveled the country in the first season following "The Decision," his televised free agency debacle. His former home Cleveland, of course, provided the harshest treatment, hexing him with a witch doctor, launching a campaign to laugh at him, and producing some incredible (and incredibly hurtful) shirts and signs during his first game against the Cavaliers.

James has done his best to flip that attention on its head, dubbing the Heat the "Heatles" for their road popularity. NBA commissioner David Stern was asked in an interview with what he makes of all the negative attention James commands on the road, and Stern downplayed the importance of "The Decision," choosing to focus instead on James' considerable basketball talent.
"You either loved or booed Kobe and the Lakers. People used to love or hate the old Celtics. I think it will morph into the Heat being one of our really elite teams. And people boo the elite teams when they come into town to beat up on the hometown team."
"I don’t mind it if he’s booed in the context of the dominant team he’s playing for. I think that I’m not sure people know exactly what they’re booing. Are they booing because he left Cleveland? Certainly they’re doing that in Cleveland. Are they booing him because it took 18 minutes for 'The Decision' to say where he was going? Yeah, probably. Are they booing him because he’s part of a team that people think is too strong for their home team to compete with? Probably more so. And that will fade, and then they’ll boo him because he’s a member of the high-performing Miami Heat."
The booing will continue throughout this season, at the very least, as a good chunk of the NBA's fanbases haven't yet got their licks in.  But there's a lot of truth to what Stern says, as time heals most wounds, even catastrophic self-inflicted ones like those James created with "The Decision."

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:51 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

He's booed because people are morons.  Stern is right, they really don't have any idea why they're booing him.  Maybe that's why by the third and fourth quarters when teams are getting destroyed, the boos turn into cheers.  Unless you're from Cleveland, you really don't have a reason to hate the guy. - Xion_one

Maybe you should go jump in bed with David and Lebron Xion. You actually have any clue why he is getting booed? Because we are Morons? is that your best answer? You need to get a grip and come back to reality. The ass is getting booed because of some of the DECISIONS AND COMMENTS he made and makes..maybe you should look in your dictionary and maybe you might see Lebron picture under Moron..he fits the description perfect.

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 5:13 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

What Planet is David on? Is he watching another NBA league or what? David is so far out of touch with reality, that he needs therapy and then, I don`t think that will even help. Lebron is getting booed because he is running the NBA, not David Stern. Maybe is David would take that dress off and be the commissioner of the NBA, maybe we wouldn`t have Lebron getting booed. Take  Charge David, or Owners, Fire him, Put someone in charge that can manage the league.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:06 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

This shows how out of touch Stern is. Fans LOVE many players who are good. Lebron has brought on all this hate by his actions, his behaviour and his self centred attitude.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 6:01 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

ugglyh your missing the point of the whole thing.  if your 65 and choosing cities okay i got your point.  problem is, lebrons home is cleveland okay akron, but whatever.  point being,  he was that cities superstar. its one star.  the browns suck, indians so so, but they at least had james.  if i could compare him to another of my favorites, it would be what mario lemiuex was to the city of pittsburgh.   he had a chance to be one of those rare athletes that is revered by its franchise.  the face of the city.  the guy could have problaby been the mayor there in a few years.  when he turned his back on the cavs, he snubbed his fans,  thats where i lost all respect for this clown.

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:51 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

I boo him because of his me-first attitude, his summer behavior, and the fact that he's not led a team to anything other than a 2nd place finish, one-time, and yet he believes due HOF induction right now!

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:36 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

Love it!!! All the people hating on LBJ.. I'm a true Lebron fan, damn the cavs... Go heat!

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:35 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

I cant believe stern said that. LOL! I boo him for a lot of reasons. One of the main reasons is his attitude.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:13 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

I am a Cleveland fan, and I boo James, not because he left, but how he left.  On National TV during and after the decision he talked about it being a business and not burning the Q down if we would have traded him in response to some idiots burning jerseys.  He just doesn't get it, he is an athlete and an entertainer and gets to live a dream because of fans spending their hard earned money and being passionate about their hometown teams.

If he would have spent some time thanking fans from Cleveland and even other cities like New York, Chicago, etc that he pretended to be interested in and explained that this is a great opportunity instead of feeding his ego and pretending it was for kids at Big Brothers.  Then you would have a fan base in the NBA that still like this guy.  David Stern and Bud Selig are missing a huge point, it might be great in the short run to have teams like the Heat and stars in big cities.  But how long do you think teams in small markets are going to support teams that don't have the same advantages.  The NFL gets it and structures their product better for the fans.  Cleveland is a few bad drafts away from not caring about basketball.  Not because of Lebron leaving, but the way he left.  It further separates the fans from the stars of the game when they feel that there is no feelings for them or their city.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:11 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

Lebron left CLEVELAND for Miami. There is not one person that would choose to live in Cleveland over Miami. NO ONE SANE PERSON. Bikinis, sand beaches, The Ocean, Sunny days OR parkas, slow drifts, Lake Erie, the long cold winter. Everybody bags on Lebron because Cleveland whined, cried, kicked and screamed because James left town. Nobody made a big deal and hated Shaq because he left Orlando for a bigger pond. Orlando was Shaq town and nobody cried. So I don't get it. Maybe is because Lebron is black, wait Shaq is black too, that can't be it. Let's see...... Maybe it is because Cleveland is a terrible city. The NFL even tried to leave that frigid wasteland. I went through there before and after I left, I never wanted to return. The Rock and Roll HOF is cool but that is it.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 12:48 pm

David Stern: Fans boo LeBron because he's good

I don't boo Kobe, I don't boo Wade. I don't boo Pierce, or Shaq, or Amare, or Dirk.....WHY? Easy, they are all about "team!" I boo LeBron because of his total lack of regard for the city of Cleveland and how he dissed them on that idiotic TV show The Decision. You know, the self serving egotistical way he is. Oh, and I don't HATE him either. I dislike his off court and on court personality. Not because he is a good player. Get it?

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