Why You Are Wrong to Hate Lebron

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About Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma Stymie, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He lives in Boston, where he works as a public health professional. He is the Sports Editor at The Good Men Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDay7.


  1. Thanks for sharing, well-written, I don’t know if I agree that it’s wrong for NBA fans to hate LeBron as much as I’d agree that it’s wrong to CONTINUE to hate LeBron after he’s finally proven himself to be the best in the game, today. Magic and Bird arguments are debatable, but there’s isn’t anything LeBron can do within his career to overthrow MJ as the best, ever. Jordan never lost in the Finals and won scoring title and DPOY in the same season – mindboggling accomplishment. Not to mention he played in a much tougher era, his plight involved defeating HOF squads, not to mention MJ is the most clutch NBA player I’ve witnessed.

    Loved the Clay Bennett angle, Liam Day is a superb writer.

  2. LeBron’s legacy will be debated by sport historians for decades after his playing days end.

    But this: “…Lebron James is the best basketball player I’ve ever seen. Better than Michael Jordan, better than Magic Johnson, better than Larry Bird, the triumvirate that constitutes greatness in the age of David Stern’s global creation.” This is too much.

    LeBron may have the gifts to eventually become better than all these greats, but he’s yet to show the desire. Look at the numbers put up by superstars of the eighties and nineties, the total games of ballers like Clyde Drexler and Karl Malone, Stockton, Charles Barkley, Cris Mullin and KJ. Guards and small forwards regularly shot 50% from the floor, grabbed 7-8 rebounds per game, 5-6 assists.

    The recent resurrection of LeBron worship has been the concerted effort of Nike, ESPN, and David Stern. It’s obviously worked. Though fresh Laker hate over the team’s flaunting of league paycap rules has certainly helped. So I still hate LeBron, but I hate the Lakers worse. I suspect I’m not alone.


  1. [...] 5) David Stern’s announced retirement in February 2014 as the NBA’s Commissioner can’t come soon enough. Yes, he deserves much of the credit for making the league, and by extension the sport of basketball, the international phenomenon it’s become, second only to soccer in world popularity. But, his power now almost unchallenged, he rules like a tyrant, either ignoring clear conflicts of interest, as he did when he stepped in to void the trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers from the New Orleans Hornets, which were, at the time of the trade, under league receivership, or colluding with team owners to insure government subsidization of arenas, as he did when he greenlit the Thunder’s move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. (More on that here.) [...]

  2. [...] I noted in my piece last year about LeBron James, Stern allowed Clay Bennet to move the Supersonics out of Seattle [...]

  3. [...] left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. I understand that. However, as I pointed out in a piece about LeBron at the beginning of the NBA season, we need to differentiate between how LeBron went about [...]

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