Like him or not, he probably will win several championships.

He’s considered the best NBA player today.  He’s been named the NBA’s MVP 3 times. He’s the man who broke Cleveland’s heart when he announced he would be leaving them to play for the Miami Heat on July 8, 2010 in an ESPN special, the unforgettable, The Decision. He is LeBron James. Despite his unbelievable amount of talent and his many awards, he is considered to be one of the most hated players in the league. How is it that one of the best basketball players of all time could be loathed so greatly that he’s become known as “LeChoke” or “LeBronze Shames”? Has he put this on himself, or have fans and the media become a little too critical of this historic player?

    If you watch the NBA, and you’re not from Miami, chances are you’ll be cheering for Oklahoma City in the 2012 NBA Finals. I’ll admit I will be jumping on the Thunder’s bandwagon during the Finals, as I will be refusing to cheer for “The Big Three” and the rest of the Heat team. I wasn’t always anti-LeBron or The Heat; in fact I was a LeBron James fan when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. What changed my opinion of LeBron was not The Decision, it was the celebration.            

When “The Big Three” were united for the first time in Miami Heat jerseys, LeBron made a heavy promise, one that will haunt him for the rest of his career if left unfulfilled. He stated that he and his teammates would win “not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7..,” titles. If not 7, how about none, LeBron?  The following season, LeBron and the Miami Heat made it to the 2011 NBA Finals but were defeated by the well-deserving Dallas Mavericks, not even forcing a Game 7. The next phase of LeBron’s career was The Disappointment.

    Of course the loss was placed on James. This is around the time when the jokes such as: “I have as many rings as LeBron James,” or “If you ask LeBron James for change for a dollar, he’ll only give you 3 quarters,” became popular. It seems as though the fans and media do not want to see this man succeed.

    Just recently in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron and his team were forced to play Game 6 at The Boston Garden, where they would have to win to avoid elimination. I’m a Celtics fan, and I’ll admit, The Celtics let a huge opportunity slip away from them, because of one man, not “LeChoke” or “LeBronze Shames,”?but LeBron James. He posted 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and showed why he is the league’s MVP. He kept his team alive, and forced a Game 7.

    In Game 7, the veteran Celtics’ hopes were crushed as James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh came alive in the fourth quarter, proving why they are “The Big Three.”  The Heat will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals, thanks to LeBron’s competitiveness and will to do anything to win.

    Maybe LeBron is slightly cocky, and maybe The Decision was blown out of proportion, but all in all he’s a good guy, and he’s handled himself tremendously considering the amount of pressure and expectations that have been placed on him this past year. He’s never killed anyone, been arrested for drug possession or dog fighting, so we should lay off the guy and let him continue to show us why he is one of the greatest players this game has ever seen.     As much as I hate to admit it, the “no rings” jokes will no longer be relevant after the 2012 NBA Finals. I believe The Heat will not come out shorthanded this time, and the king will be given his ring, one of many to come.

    Davidson is in her second summer as Times’ intern.