LeBron James is a lightning rod for criticism and after he was forced to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals for cramps, the Miami Heat superstar saw the heat turned up on hate headed in his direction. However, the four-time MVP doesn’t care if you hate him.
James rebounded nicely in the Heat’s Game 2 win over the San Antonio Spurs with a game-high 35 points in which he was virtually unstoppable in the second and third quarters after a two-point first quarter. His primary focus is on winning a third consecutive NBA title and giving back to the game as much as he can while controlling what he can, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.
“You have to [push it aside],” James said. “It’s very difficult at times, very challenging, but for me, I’m here and I know who I’m playing for and what I’m playing for and what I stand for, not only as a basketball player but as man and as a role model. I know what I stand for. To be able to put an NBA uniform on every single night with my name on the back, knowing where I come from, it let’s me know that I’ve done something special. I just try to give back to the game as much as I can while I’m here.”“I’ve got a great supporting cast around me that allows me to vent at times. [I] try not to hold it in. I also understand at this point in my life what’s important and what’s not important and what’s important is my teammates, what’s important is my two kids at home, my wife, my family and my friends. That’s what I can control and that’s what’s important to me. Obviously, the game of basketball has brought me so much, and I love to play this game at a high level. And without this game, I wouldn’t be who I am today. But I also know what’s important. Everything else kind of just falls by the wayside.”
You can keep hating LeBron and the Heat as much as you want, but it hasn’t fazed this team the past two seasons and with only three wins away from another NBA championship, it hasn’t slowed this team down yet.
The only thing that can stop LeBron and the Heat from winning three out of the next five games in the NBA Finals is the Spurs, so if you believe your hate has any bearing on the outcome of this series, you better think again.