Amar’e Stoudemire: LeBron Can’t Connect With People Like Michael Jordan

Yes, people are really piling it on LeBron James. Keep in mind the guy has more money than he could ever know what to do with and is his own biggest fan, so there’s no need to feel too badly for him.  As far as Amar’e Stoudemire is concerned, we shouldn’t feel sorry for LeBron because the way he acts has resulted in people rooting for him to fail.

It’s no secret that jealousy breeds hatred, but I can’t ever remember a dollar store going out of their way and altering their profit margin just to make fun of Michael Jordan.  Stoudemire shared his thoughts on”King James” with the NY Times on Wednesday:

“I think you have to conduct yourself in a way that people can relate to you,” the Knicks All-Star forward said. “The more they can relate to you, the more they will appreciate you.”

“Everybody has their own way of commenting on things, but I would have commented differently,” Stoudemire said when asked about LeBron calling out his haters. “One thing about Michael Jordan was that no matter how great he was and how much of a platform he stood on, he still related to all the hard workers out there in the world. I think LeBron is still young and there is still time for him to reconnect with the public.”

M.J. had a way of connecting with people.  He liked to gamble and go out drinking with his buddies — behavior we would undoubtedly trash LeBron for but only because of the groundwork he has laid to this point.  When stories about Jordan partying floated around they were never accompanied by pictures of 5-foot, king-themed birthday cakes, either.  For whatever reason, the LeBrons and A-Rods of the world give off an aura of pompousness to the average person.  Until they learn to relate to the common man the majority of people will always cross their fingers for failure.

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  • http://twitter.com/SittonRead Charles Sitton

    Unlike Lebron, Michael Jordan didn’t play in the social media age where everything that a person does is under a microscope. Like right now, we know way more about Lebron at this stage of his career than we did Michael Jordan. Jordan had the luxury of not having to speak to the media much or deal with twitter or Facebook. Thank goodness.  With his comments at his Hall of Fame induction speech, if he was more open throughout his career there is not telling what we would think of him now.

    Lebron will be ok. Winning cures all.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I’m surprised Amare isn’t suggesting LeBron go find and embrace his Jewish roots

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Such a good point. I’m pretty convinced I’d dislike Jordan if he played in this era where athletes are subject to the sort of scrutiny you described. 

    And you’re dead on with your last two sentences too, completely agree.