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For me being a Cleveland fan, this was an easy choice for No. 1 on the list.
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, LeBron James is a special kind of athlete and player that comes around once every generation. He has charming good looks, all-around charisma and he is a football tight end playing in a basketball player's body.
If there is a modern definition of human specimen, look no further than the 6'8'', 245 pounds of muscle that can literally go from one end of a basketball court to another in under five seconds..
Love/Hate Index (+10): While James has an impressive body of work during the regular season, James is beginning to get a reputation for being a sore loser and a chronic choker, as exemplified in his disappearance in the 2007 NBA Finals in which he was held to only 22.0 points per game as the San Antonio Spurs swept his Cavaliers.
While his 45-point shootout against Boston's Paul Pierce in the 2007-08 NBA playoffs was though to be the second coming of the famous Larry Bird-Dominique Wilkins duel, Cleveland would once again fall short in the postseason.
Most recently his refusal to shake hands with Orlando players after Cleveland fell short once again, prompted a nasty rivalry with Orlando. James' coup de grace was his "effort" or lack thereof in Game 5 of the 2009-10 NBA Playoffs when he went 3-of-14 for 15 points.
I could tell it was the last time I would ever see LeBron James in the wine and gold ever again.
James would go on to touch off the most self-absorbed, egotistical and cowardly free-agency defection in modern sports history by staging a one-hour ESPN special, named appropriately enough, "The Decision".
When word began to leak that James had chosen Miami, it just killed the suspense, but the harsh and angry feelings of rage, anger and sickening betrayal were not just felt in Cleveland but all around the country. James also turned down the Nets, Bulls, Clippers, Knicks and Dallas Mavericks in the process.
And now a part of Miami's "Big Three," he is the focal point of verbal jeering, abuse and ridicule for the 26-9 Miami Heat.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's response to James' defection became very famous or infamous in his "letter" to angry Cavs fans and guaranteed a championship before the "cowardly, self-proclaimed former King" would ever win one.
The media backlash would only continue to grow as civil rights activist Jesse Jackson would hurl accusations at Gilbert for treating James like a "runaway slave."
NBA champions Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson along with NBA MVP Charles Barkley would also comment and heavily criticize James' decision to leave and join a rival.
James would even bring race in as the reason for the media backlash when asked by Soledad O'Brien of CNN.
Areas of Hate (+10): Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, New York, Chicago, New Jersey and the entire known basketball world outside of Miami.