Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Why Everyone Hates Lebron: An Alternate Theory
Let's face it:
Most of us can't stand LeBron James and want the Miami Heat to lose.
People have posited many theories as to why these negative feelings exist. Some say it's racism.
Considering the racial makeup of the NBA, it's a little silly to accuse an NBA fan of racism.
I think it's something far less insidious.
Most people like to pull for the underdog. It's been the American story since we kicked the British off this continent (after our germs killed everyone else).
LeBron James is never going to be the underdog. He is bigger and more talented at the sport of basketball than pretty much everyone else on the planet. This wasn't as big a deal when he played for Cleveland. No team from Cleveland is ever not going to be the underdog. I actually pulled for LeBron as a Cavalier.
Now that James is playing on a consistently winning team with other superstars, there is nothing to negate his advantage. He is again the most distant thing from an underdog. For most of us, that makes him impossible to root for.
If you see a big guy boxing a little guy, you are most likely going to pull for the little guy, unless the big guy is your brother (maybe that's why I was cheering for the Heat six years ago when they had Louisiana's favorite transplanted son, Shaq, along with Dwayne Wade).
OKC is a brand new team full of brand new superstars. They've never been to the Finals before, and I have to root for them. In theory, James and his crew should crush the Thunder, but I'll be pulling against the Heat every second of every game.
It is my duty as an American.