NBA: 5 Reasons We Should Feel Sorry for LeBron James

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NBA: 5 Reasons We Should Feel Sorry for LeBron James
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Nobody was more of a LeBron James detractor than I was, and still am to a certain degree, but yesterday, petulance turned to pity.  There comes a point where one has to stop and ask: Why all the intense dislike?  What did LeBron do to deserve this?  Although he has conducted himself in a fashion that makes him a magnet for criticism, part of me feels sorry for a man who is just growing and learning like the rest of the world. 

More than anything, though, LeBron could shove a wadded up No. 23 Cleveland jersey in the mouths of all his detractors by blowing out the Dallas Mavericks in the next two games of the NBA Finals.  All of this scrutiny may have flipped a switch in his head, though, which he can’t seem to switch off.  Still, James is a modern day victim of something bigger than any of us can truly fathom: the 21st century media and the Internet generation.

If LeBron finds a way to win this championship and answer all the critics who just weeks ago were fawning over him when he beat Chicago, it may be one of the greatest sports stories this generation has ever seen.

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