The band leader of the I hate LBJ movement, Skip Bayless of ESPN tweeted the following yesterday:
Now Scottie Pippen says LeBron>MJ comment "taken out of context." Nope. Context was LeBron riding high after beating Bulls. Pippen plunged.
This is after the season ending and humiliating loss to the new NBA champions Dallas Mavericks. This is weeks after LBJ has eaten humble pie on a world stage by not capturing the ring and playing sub-standard in the NBA finals.
The haters got their pound of flesh and want more.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not a huge LBJ fan...yes I was rooting for the Heat (got fam that lives in Miami Beach) but it was not a live or die situation - this status is saved for my beloved Sixers.
I am just not down with this irrational hate movement - except for maybe Cleveland fans. Yes, LBJ could have handle the Decision better. Yes, he should not have predicted mucho rings (next time just paint a target on your back).
Give it a rest folks. Cleveland Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had sufficient time to surround James with the type of support Magic got in LA, Bird had in Boston and MJ had in Chi-town.
LBJ made Gilbert's Cavs a very profitable franchise and he still refused to provide James with the requisite talent necessary to win the ring.
I will not go as far as saying the haters are treating LBJ like a runaway slave - this would belittle the repugnant legacy of that strange institution.
But I will say this, y'all haters treat him like a pimp treats his top girl who just discovered religion - with contempt...how dare she leave the compound.
Give it a rest Skip...you won, LBJ and Heat lost. Can't you savior the victory without marinating in Hate!