LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the NBA's Biggest Villains This Season

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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the NBA's Biggest Villains This Season
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The 2010-2011 NBA campaign is arguably the most anticipated season in the history of the League.  For years we awaited the summer of 2010.  Where will Lebron James go?  New York?  Chicago?  Will he stay in Cleveland?  What about Dwyane Wade?  Chris Bosh?  What about Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki and others?  We all knew this would be an offseason NBA won't soon forget but the actual results of the "Summer of Lebron" were more staggering than any of us could have ever imagined.

In the aftermath of "The Decision" and all the other transactions that preceded and followed it some very intriguing storylines have emerged.  None more intriguing, perhaps, than the vilification of King James.  A popularity poll conducted by The Q Scores Co. recently revealed that Lebron is now the sixth-most-disliked figure in American sports.

That certainly cannot be good news for Lebron and the ambition he has to grow his brand name.  However, there is also some good news for Lebron.  Kobe's in the top 5.  Lebron has been behind Kobe Bryant over and over in his career but for once he can take comfort in knowing that he did not beat the five-time NBA champion. 

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