Do We Root for Players, or Teams?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat guards Carmelo Anthony #7. (Mike Ehrmann/WNYC)

LeBron James is a polarizing figure in basketball, and last week’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat saw many basketball fans rooting for or against LeBron, instead of one team or the other. The same is true for today’s game between the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

And nowhere are feelings stronger about LeBron than in Northeastern Ohio: near Cleveland, where he played for the Cavaliers, and in Akron, where he grew up. Many Ohioans feel he deserted the state.

Mitch Lawrence covers the NBA for the New York Daily News, and is in Oklahoma City today.


Mitch Lawrence and Donna Weinberger

Produced by:

John Light

Comments [1]

rickevans033050 from 02368

Fascinating how so many in and outside of Cleveland hate Lebron for leaving Cleveland but will root for the OK City Thunder an entire team which abandoned Seattle. I would think the only folks with dog in this debate are season tix holders who feel bated and switched.

Otherwise all Lebron did was do a crappy show on ESPN which seems to have put a bunch of fire ants into a certain NY Daily news poison penman. Someone wake this dude up to the fact that the NBA is nothing but a business. I recall when Stern moved the NBA to cable saying our fans know where to find us (unsaid: at an extra cost.)

Jun. 12 2012 04:11 PM

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