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Can't Stand The Heat: NBA Finals, June 8

6/8/2011
  • Two days after being accused from shrinking in the moment, LeBron didn't even show up, writes Ben Golliver of CBS Sports: To say that Miami Heat forward LeBron James shrunk in Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals would be inaccurate. To say that he was invisible, absent and inconsequential in an 86-83 loss to the Dallas Mavericks would be closer to the truth. To pin the fact that the Finals series now stands at two games apiece on his shoulders is not only fair, it's unavoidable. After stating Thursday morning that he was “starting to taste” his first NBA title, James -- the NBA’s most dominant force playing in the most important game of his career – had the worst game of his season and made the smallest offensive impact of his playoff career."

  • Get your official "Hate" T-shirt while they're hot.

  • Rolling around in hostile territory this week, LeBron and D-Wade have hired some protection.

  • Here is a note to LeBron James explaining why he is so hated. “The proof that America has turned against you can be found everywhere. When I googled “hate LeBron James” on Tuesday morning, about 16 million results popped up. Some examples: NewsOne’s headline on May 13, 2011 was: “Why We Hate LeBron James.” There is the ever-popular site called “IHateLeBronJames.com. And on SI.com last Nov. 23, Michael Rosenberg wrote a piece called, “Why people hate LeBron James.”

  • Whether or not you love or hate the Heat depends on whether you’re old school or new school. “Why are teams such as the Heat so despised? Those who support the Heat will say that their naysayers are "haters." On the flip side, the fans who dislike the Heat will call their fans "frontrunners." When it comes down to it, both of these depictions are wrong. It really depends on what type of fan you are: Old School or New School.”

  • LeBron showed in Cleveland that he didn’t like having the weight of the world on his shoulders. “So the discussion that seems to be raging about LeBron James disappearing for stretches in some games, and in the case of Game 4 the entire game, is significant for broadcasters, sports radio callers, basketball pundits, and the guys at the local watering hole—it isn't for LeBron. He made it clear he was not comfortable with the weight of the Cleveland Cavalier franchise on his ample shoulders. He has intimated repeatedly that he is grateful now, with his posse on the Heat, to have less responsibility to be the focal point every game.”