This week, Amar'e Stoudemire made a commercial/publicity stunt/upset jab video about the lockout and getting a job at Foot Locker.
It's all in good fun, and there's a hint (even if it's not so subtle...) that Amar'e really wants to get back on the court and get down to business. Or, it could be that Amar'e is having fun and enjoying his time outside of the spotlight in the tough sports city of New York while plugging a store he likes to endorse.
Either way, no one really made a fuss about it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to. I am a pretty big fan of Amar'e but I think this is a perfect opportunity to hate on the LeBron haters.
Now don't get me wrong, Amar'e heading to New York as a free agent is not the same as LeBron's way of leaving Cleveland. Nor did Amar'e make a nasty comment to haters after his team was brutally knocked out of the playoffs the way that LeBron did.
I just can't stand the flack that LeBron has received when other players do whatever they want all the time.
LeBron tweets about joining the NFL and gets ripped on for not caring about ending the lockout. How is Amar'e's Foot Locker commercial (with the tag line about his previous job locking him out) any different?
To me, the hate on LeBron is getting so old that anything he does is fodder for the NBA media to harp on, considering they have nothing better to do than report that the lockout negotiations are going nowhere.
Is LeBron perfect? No. Does he have free reign to do whatever he wants because ESPN and SLAM ranked him #1 in the league? Still no. Is he a celebrity who has a twitter account and a bit of a sense of humor? Yes. So give him grief about his post-finals tweet and let the NFL one slide.
Since when did the media only focus on the negative side of a player? How many articles, tweets and videos are knocking LeBron for being the top ranked player in ESPN's list instead of congratulating him? I'm pretty sure the guys in ESPN have a bit more experience than most people...
All I'm saying is that all of the haters had the last laugh when LeBron couldn't lead the Heat to a championship in June. It's over. Now we're stuck in a lockout where no one can play ball—not even those players that the haters cheer for.
So who cares what LeBron does or says, especially when it's not maliciously against a city or certain fans? Even if LeBron starts getting involved in lockout talks, who's to say that he will make a difference and change the amount of money that either side is looking for?
I don't think that LeBron's involvement in the lockout insanity could change things and I actually think it wouldn't help at all. I know one thing for sure, though: harping on LeBron isn't going to bring your favorite sport back.