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.