LeBron James went from being one of the most loved players in the NBA to one of the most hated in a blink of an eye.
He'll tell you that his move to Miami wasn't about money and while that may be true, his move sparked debate that his move was all about stacking the deck in his favor just to win a championship. Not unlike the baseball team he roots for in New York, but that's a different subject for a different day.
"The Decision," as it's come to be called, was the one single moment that ruined his reputation for good. The city that helped him grow up was spurned as he turned his back on the team he had spent his first years with as a professional.
It wasn't just about turning his back on a team or a city, it was the fact that he wanted the attention on himself as he made his decision. He wasn't the only free agent who signed a new deal during the off season, but he's the only one that got his own one-hour special.
Next to James, there are several NBA players who we love to hate.
Here are the 10 NBA players we hate more than LeBron James.
Vince Carter, the man we used to know as "Half-Man, Half-Amazing" as well as "Vincanity" did the unthinkable and not only pissed off a fan base but an entire country.
If you don't believe me, check out this ESPN.com article from April 2007 written by Adam Proteau.
When you admit to "not pushing yourself as hard" when you played for the Raptors, that's not going to be received all that well. Just saying.
Now, Kevin Garnett wouldn't normally be on my list since I respect the heck out of him. However, that doesn't mean the rest of the country, at least those outside of Boston, agree with me.
Kevin Garnett is one of the biggest trash talkers out there and he left Minnesota with a bad taste in their mouths.
Sometimes Ron Artest reminds me of a slightly toned-down Dennis Rodman, just without the one and a half million, or so, piercings and several different hair colors at one time.
Next to that, he's still a very strange cat and let's not forget his days in Indiana where he jumped the announcers table to attack the Detroit fans.
I guess pissing off fans runs in the family. What doesn't normally run in the family is pissing off the same team.
Vince Carter and cousin Tracy McGrady accomplished that feat as both were a member of the Toronto Raptors. Both left town, landing the two on the Toronto's most-hated athletes list.
Boy, Cleveland just can't get away from athletes who end up screwing them over.
Before LeBron James. it was Carlos Boozer who stuck that knife deep in their back and twisted just enough for them to feel a little more pain.
According to the Cavaliers, Boozer agreed to sign a six-year $39 million deal if they would let him out of his current deal. The Cavs agreed and released him, but Boozer instead signed a six-year $70 million deal with the Utah Jazz.
The thorn in the side of just about every team but his own, his flopping has made him the target of plenty of boos in just about every city he visits.
If you've watched the NBA, you've seen him get under the skin of opposing players and whine on just about every foul that's called against him.
Yes, I know he's not the only guy that does that.
Shaq Diesel, the Big Aristotle and several other nicknames Shaquille O'Neal has given himself.
How about this one, the Big Coattail Rider?
Los Angeles, Miami, Cleveland, and now Boston. Just trying to get a championship any way he can without having to do too much.
The way he left LA wasn't pretty either. During a preseason game he screamed "PAY ME" to Lakers' owner Jerry Buss who was sitting on the sidelines.
There seems to be a pattern through this slideshow with both Cleveland and Toronto being the victim of screw jobs.
Toronto, having already been shafted by Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady, got the wrong end of it again by Chris Bosh who left to go to Miami and ride the coat tails of Dwayne Wade and LeBron James.
Dwayne Wade, one of the architects of the "threesome" being put together in Miami and he's become one of the most hated NBA players because of that.
Not only that, but the little introduction to the fans they did with just him, Chris Bosh and LeBron James turned a lot of people off.
Isn't this a team game and aren't there more than three players on a team? Just curious.
Kobe Bryant has been one of the most hated NBA players since the day he stepped foot in the league.
It didn't get any better after all the drama he and Shaquille O'Neal went through in Los Angeles and it sure didn't get any better with the sexual assault allegations a few years ago.
After all that, he's still one of the most hated players in the league but most will tell you that they respect his athletic ability but hate his smugness and arrogance.