LeBron James: Why He's Mad About 'Decision' Spoof and Latest News, Rumors

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2010

LeBron James: Why He's Mad About "Decision" Spoof and Latest News, Rumors

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    LeBron James and the Miami Heat will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, and James will be playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

    Over the summer, Anthony Tolliver made his own version of James' "Decision," where he mocked LeBron's media circus and announced that he would be signing with Minnesota.

    According to the Star Tribune, James had this to say about the spoof:

    "I didn't see it, but I heard about it. We play Minnesota twice."

    We can just about guarantee that James will try to teach Tolliver and the Timberwolves a lesson during tonight's game, but does LeBron really have a right to be mad?

    Let's take a look at how the LeBron James saga has played at the beginning of this NBA season.

Heat Injuries

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    During the NBA preseason, bad luck seemed to follow the Heat everywhere as both Dwyane Wade and James suffered injuries.

    James recovered quickly, but Wade was out for much of the preseason.

LeBron's "List"

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    For a while, we weren't sure whether all the negative attention paid to James was actually getting to him, but then he took to the Twitter airwaves and answered that question.

    James tweeted: "Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"

    So apparently James was at least a little upset by the bad press he was receiving.

    People on LeBron's "list"?

    Charles Barkley, Dan Gilbert and yours truly...

    So how will he shut up the critics?

Twitter Hate

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    It comes as no surprise that fans are still upset with James, but some of them took things too far.

    James received some very hateful (and racist) tweets in the past few months, and he decided to "re-tweet" them for the rest of the world to see.

    Love him or hate him, most rational people have sided with James on this one.

    I will admit that I am not James' biggest fan, but there are plenty of appropriate ways to handle your emotions toward "King" James.

    And racism is definitely not one of them.

Loss to the Celtics

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    In the Heat's much-anticipated opening game against the Eastern Conference Champions Boston Celtics, James seemed to be the only Miami player to actually bring the "heat."

    James put up an impressive 31 points in the 88-80 loss, but his supporting cast looked a bit unorganized.

Cavaliers Win Home Opener

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    Cleveland Cavaliers fans everywhere rejoiced as James' former team defeated the Boston Celtics just one night after the Heat's loss.

Heating Up

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    After the Heat lost to the Celtics, critics everywhere were chomping at the bit to brand the Heat as "overrated," but Miami has won every game since.

    And each win was very convincing.

    97-87 over Philadelphia.

    96-70 over Orlando.

    And 107-78 over New Jersey.

Nike Commercial

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    James still doesn't seem to understand exactly why people are so upset with him.

    Sure, Cavs fans are mad at him for leaving, but it was really his hour-long "Decision" special that left a bad taste in everyone's mouths.

    Nike, not a company to shy away from controversy, produced a commercial in which James begs the question, "What should I do?"

Michelle Beadle Spoof

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    During an episode of ESPN's SportsNation, Michelle Beadle took a shot at James with her own version of his Nike commercial.

    Does this mean James has added Beadle to his list?

Anthony Tolliver Spoof

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    As the Heat get ready to host the Timberwolves, James will have an extra bit of motivation to keep in the back of his mind.

    Even though James received the most attention of any free agent this summer, he wasn't the only player with a "Decision" to make.

    Anthony Tolliver joined the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer, and he made his own video to document his choice.

    James seemed a little peeved when asked about the video.

    Did he have a reason to be?

    Watch it above and decide for yourself.

Who Comes Out on Top?

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    So who will have the last laugh after all the drama subsides?

    Will the Heat rise above the animosity?

    Or will they fall flat on their faces?

    Time will tell, but as for Tolliver and his Timberwolves...

    I bet the Heat win this one by 20-plus points.