The 2010-2011 NBA season and NBA Playoffs can be summed up with one name, LeBron James.
LeBron James has become the most polarizing figure in professional sports and he didn't even need a mistress or an explicit sexting message to do it.
You either hate Lebron James, or you like him or you just can't figure him out, or you're a combination of all three.
Regardless, you have to feel one way or another about the man, he's forced us all into that. LeBron James forces you to think about him, to watch him, to dissect his every word and his every move so that you might perhaps gain some insight into why he is what he is, and why he does the things that he does.
For example, you may be able to rationalize why the one hour episode of The Decision on ESPN was necessary for him to announce he was taking his talents to South Beach. You may even be able to rationalize why he boasted that the Heat would win 7 championships before they had even played a game together.
But no one can come to a reasonable explanation as to what happened to his game in the NBA Finals, particularly in game 4.
It's too easy to say he shrunk in the moment, while that answer may be good enough for LeBron haters, it doesn't do justice.
The problem with trying to understand LeBron James is that there has never been a man that has worn his shoes, figuratively speaking.
Since he was in HS he was the King. The world was given to him on a platter and since he came into the NBA, the league has been his playground.
But this year the love turned to hate and LeBron became the villain in the NBA. The evil force that his detractors wanted stopped at all cost. The Mavericks played hero in the NBA Finals, and stripped the king of his crown.
But why do so many hate on LeBron James in the first place?
Here's some reason why it's fair and un-fair hate.
Why do people hate on LeBron James?