Jun 6, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James answers questions during a news conference at Spurs Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James says he's the most criticized player in sports

Basketball may not be the most watched sport in America but it houses the most criticized and often talked about player in the world. No one gets as much press as LeBron James and with that press comes a mixture of praise and backlash.

We saw another example of that after Game 1 of the NBA Finals when James was forced to leave the game due to cramps and was both praised for trying to tough it out and blasted for leaving the game simply because he was cramping. That doesn’t even include the sect of tinfoil hatted chumbalones who think that the cramps were non-existent.

That’s right, we have LeBron cramp-truthers to deal with now.

As Brian Windhorst points out, LeBron James is the easiest target in sports and the Miami Heat star knows it.

(LeBron) James said that sort of backlash after an injury is part of a burden he’s become used to.

“I know I’m the easiest target that we have in sports, I’m aware of it,” James said in an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon on Friday. “I really am. I believe it.”

He’s not wrong either, as just about everyone in the world has an opinion about LeBron James and it’s often times not positive. For a guy that people love to hold to high standards, it doesn’t take much for him to get busted down by the same people who hold him up.

James isn’t complaining here either, which is the ultimate irony about pointing out that you’re the biggest target in sports. James is tossing up a softball to his haters with this one, but that’s the point.

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