LeBron James Miami Heat: The 10 NBA Players We Actually Dislike More

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 20, 2010

LeBron James Miami Heat: The 10 NBA Players We Actually Dislike More

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 13:  Lebron James #6  of the Miami Heat sits on the bench during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on October 13, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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    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.

No. 10: Vince Carter

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    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.

    Congratulations, Vince.

    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.

No. 9: Kevin Garnett

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics talks with referee Joe Crawford while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: Us
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    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.

No. 8: Ron Artest

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 13:  Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers addresses the crowd before a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center October 13, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers won 98-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    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.

No. 7: Tracy McGrady

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    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.

No. 6: Carlos Boozer

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    SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a call against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. N
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    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.

No. 5: Manu Ginobili

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    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.

No. 4: Shaquille O'Neal

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    BOSTON - MAY 13:  Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to take a shot as Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics defends during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston,
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    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.

No. 3: Chris Bosh

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 13:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat in action during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on October 13, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by dow
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    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.

No. 2: Dwayne Wade

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    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.

No. 1: Kobe Bryant

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 13:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center October 13, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers won 98-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    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.