LeBron James Says He Has Kind of Embraced the Villain Role

As we have seen over the past year or so, LeBron James is incredibly self-conscious and image-concerned. After his ill-advised “Decision” show inspired incredible amounts of hatred, LeBron grew even more sensitive. He said he was taking mental notes on all the people who criticized him over the summer, and he seemed to be genuinely hurt that so many prominent figures in the basketball world turned on him. The result was a commercial from LeBron’s chief endorser in which a confused LeBron asked if he should accept his role as the villain. Funny enough, four months into his first NBA season with the Miami Heat, he says he has.

After going for 44 points in an impressive shooting display at Portland Sunday night, LeBron finally said he plays the bad guy role well. “I’ve grown accustomed to it,” James said, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post. “I enjoy it,” LeBron added “I’m very comfortable. And I’ve kind of accepted this villain role everyone has placed on me. I’m OK with it. I accept it.”

If you saw LeBron play against Portland, you know where the comments come from. He went 17-26 from the field and made three of five three-pointers, including two big ones in overtime. Since their slow 9-8 start, the Heat has gone 21-1 leaving critics very little ammunition. Many of LeBron’s best games have come in prominent road contests. He went for triple doubles in New York and against the Lakers on Christmas, and he scored a then season-high 38 in Cleveland. It’s pretty clear that LeBron has brought his game to a higher level in the most hostile environments, making the “villain” that much more likable.

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  • Anonymous

    I think that is why he is having so much success. If you look at the numbers all of his best games are on the road. Not many people will talk about him in the MVP Race because his numbers are down compared to last year. But i think he should be in contention if not the favorite at this point.

  • Gene

    LeBron may have screwed up with his announcement show, but he made the right decision to leave the Cavs. As of this posting, Cleveland has the worst record in the whole NBA. Miami, on the other hand, has gone 21-1 since finding their rhythm. LeBron is the best player in the NBA even if he will not get the votes.

    It is tiresome to hear the Laker homer radio shows in LA talk about Kobe being the best basketball player on the planet when LeBron has him in almost every category. Kobe has two rings lately in no small part because the Lakers got him outstanding talent. Everyone forgets that the Lakers were sub-.500 with Kobe in the period between Shaq’s departure and Gasol’s arrival.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get over my hatred of the Heat, but I’d like to see a guy like this go full on villain. I’m talking WWE those guys suck, we rule, your town sucks type villain. He’d prolly sell more merch that way