The Miami Heat have the best player in the world on their team and that, for some illogical and completely lame reason, means that they’re the most hated fan base in the NBA. We get it, other fan bases with far less impressive teams are jealous — like the kid who wants to date the supermodel but can’t get any self-esteem until his braces come off.
But the amount of hate directed at Heat fans pales in comparison to the amount of hate that LeBron James takes on an hourly basis.
Heat haters are getting hot and bothered after LeBron’s latest quote, as he noted recently that he is the most criticized player in all of sports — an assertion that is as spot on as it gets.
As Brian Windhorst points out, LeBron James is the easiest target in sports and the Miami Heat star knows it.
(LeBron) James said that sort of backlash after an injury is part of a burden he’s become used to.
“I know I’m the easiest target that we have in sports, I’m aware of it,” James said in an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon on Friday. “I really am. I believe it.”
Look, I’m a Bulls fan and I find myself coming to LeBron’s defense far more often than I should have to. If a Bulls fan can see the broken logic in hating everything that LeBron does just for the sake of hating it — and thinks it’s a stupid thing to do — don’t you think there’s something wrong with that line of thinking?
There are plenty of things you can criticize about LeBron, but the fact that just him saying he’s criticized is going to get tossed into the things we all hate about LeBron proves a point that if Heat fans only show up to games because it’s en vogue, people who hate LeBron are doing it for the same reason.