Top 5 People Mad at LeBron James for Winning His 1st Title
ESPN commentator Skip Bayless, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and others are eating crow.
When LeBron James won his first NBA title last night, many of the self-proclaimed "King's" critics must have sat in front of their TV screens sad at the sight of his coronation.
Throughout the years, James has been criticized for everything from his NBA Finals disappearance last year, the infamous Game 5 against Boston when many felt he quit, and the belief that he doesn't have a "clutch gene" in him.
But after the dominant playoff performance he put up this year averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, there are a lot of lips that may have to be sealed from now on when it comes to critiquing the Akron, Ohio star.
Here's a list of the top 5 people who may not be overjoyed with a LeBron James title.
1. Skip Bayless
Since LeBron James came into the league, his biggest detractor has been ESPN commentator Skip Bayless. From criticisms including that he doesn't have a "clutch gene" at the end of games to calling him "Queen James," no one has had it out for James more than Bayless.
And while he may have been right about a few things, his criticism of LeBron always went a bit overboard.
After James won his first NBA title last night, Bayless appeared on First Take today and applauded the "King" for his efforts and said he performed up to his abilities.
We wonder if Skip will still criticize LeBron in the future now that the "King" has a ring.
2. Dan Gilbert
When LeBron James left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers two years ago after spending his whole NBA career there, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wasn't having it.
He ripped LeBron in a letter sent out to the media a day after "The Decision" in which he called him "Benedict Arnold" and said the Cavaliers would win a title before he did.
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He also spoke about how he did so much for LeBron's friends and LeBron paid him back by leaving them. Many feel Gilbert was mad because his cash cow was now gone.
After last night, I guess Gilbert was wrong. He sent out a congratulatory tweet to the Heat but didn't mention James in it.
3. DeShawn Stevenson
Since he was in Washington playing for the Wizards, New Jersey Nets shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson has been one of LeBron's biggest critics both on and off the court.
If it wasn't Stevenson starting fights with LeBron on the court as a Wizard and Maverick, it was him ripping him post-game to the press.
The beef between the two got so heated that James' friend rapper Jay-Z made a diss song about Stevenson, which then strangely prompted Soulja Boy, out of all rappers, to make a diss track about LeBron.
What made things even worse is that Stevenson felt he got revenge on LeBron from his Wizards days, after they defeated the Heat in the Finals last year. He was part of the Dallas Mavericks.
Since last year's NBA Finals, the rivalry between the two has cooled off and shots haven't been thrown in either direction.
We wonder if the NBA is actually happy that LeBron James won his first title last night.
Because the NBA was thriving for the last two years and experienced a resurrection after James left for the Heat. The move immediately made Miami the basketball equivalent of the New York Yankees, who many call "The Evil Empire."
Fans all around the country would just tune in to watch the Heat lose after many feel LeBron was disrespectful in his exit of Cleveland.
Many will say people will be intrigued about a possible two-peat, but the majority of the LeBron hate was about him not winning a title. Now that he has won a title, will anyone really care anymore?
5. The City Of Cleveland
After LeBron James announced that he was leaving Cleveland for South Beach, the city of Cleveland went into a rage.
Not only was their homegrown star leaving them after disappointing them in several playoff performances, he was leaving them on national television.
Many Cleveland fans were shown in bars across the city furious over James' decision to go to the Miami Heat. The fans began to burn jerseys of James and cursed his name.
When he returned as a Heat player for a game, the boos came raining down all night. You have to wonder how Cavs fans will react to James next season after his first ring.