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LeBron James' Pregame Dunk Routine: LBJ Shouldn't Let Critics Influence Him

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 02:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on January 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2013

LeBron James should continue to do whatever he wants before games. It's obviously working.

Yet, here is King James contemplating a change to his pregame routine because some people have taken another opportunity to criticize him. 

James has been using the Miami Heat's pregame layup line to flash an arsenal of dunks that are good enough to win dunk contests.

Here is a little sample of what James has been putting on display before concluding his warm-ups:

Unfortunately, James claims these showstoppers may be coming to an end (per ESPN's Michael Wallace):

Maybe I should stop because it's making a lot of people mad about what I do. They're like, "Well, if you can do it in warm-ups, why don't you [want to] be in the dunk contest?' Stop it."

I know another way LeBron could silence these critics. Can you guess what it is? That's right! Participate in the dunk contest. 

However, I'm not here to harp on that tired topic. I'm here to say that LeBron shouldn't care what these people have to say. If he likes going big during his warm-ups, he should continue to do so. He has certainly earned that right. 

Also, this routine is growing. As Wallace points out, the typically late-arriving Heat fans have begun filtering in early to catch a glimpse of the dunk show. It's not just James either; his teammates have picked up on the act. 

So, LeBron's Heat fans are enjoying this, which means ownership is enjoying it, his teammates are getting a kick out of it and the Heat have won 12 in a row. 

LeBron should know this better than anyone by now: Some people are going to use whatever they can find as a basis for criticism. He has dealt with it on a much larger scale than this. 

If he is going to let criticism influence his decisions, he would have very few choices left to make for himself. It is not worth his time or effort to even acknowledge the existence of the critique of his pregame routine.

Now is not the time to change this routine simply because people use it as another reason why he should be in the dunk contest. 

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