Pretty much everyone on Earth hates LeBron James with the passion of a thousand burning suns or something like that. Outside of a couple of children who don’t know any better, he’s persona non grata almost anywhere he goes. He’s the NBA’s most unpopular personality and the great majority of Americans dislike him. Even my best friend’s wife is like, “No, LeBron. Just no.” And she doesn’t even care about basketball.

Isiah Thomas knows what it’s like to be hated like that, which is why he’s offering his take on why people think LeBron James is the worst. From the Orlando Sentinel:

“It kind of comes with the territory when you’re really good,” Thomas said. “Nobody cares about the loser. Everybody likes the loser.

“Some people are not going to like you because you are successful and I think LeBron has been extremely successful since high school and Wade has been successful and I think those guys will continue to be successful. And with their success, there are going to be some people who are upset with that.”

So basically, haters gonna hate. True statement, too, as well as the basis for a bunch of rap songs.

However, while it’s certainly true that some people dislike LeBron because he is really good and that sort of thing brings out da haterz, there are also some other reasons that people hate LeBron James. Off the top of my head, these reasons include but are not limited to:

  • He’s arrogant
  • He’s cocky
  • He refers to himself in the third person sometimes
  • The global icon thing
  • “The Decision”
  • Just the fact that he left Cleveland
  • That time he told people that they’d have to go back to their lives which are filled with problems
  • Those cakes he had for his birthday
  • The entire Las Vegas escapade
  • Win Butler wears a pair of his shoes when he plays basketball
  • The insistence on wearing a headband to hide his receding hairline
  • He’s trying to get in on the hairline jokes which is our thing
  • He tries to be likable
  • He is arrogant and cocky

Again, these are just off the top of my head so there could be more reasons, but each of these are definitely reasons why a person might not like LBJ. They might not be valid reasons — the dude wanted to live in Miami and play basketball with his besties and he was 25 when he chose that which is a pretty 25-year-old decision to make — but they certainly exist. LeBron James has done an excellent job of giving people reasons to hate him, and people have done an excellent job of saying yes to those reasons and really running with it.

Isiah Thomas is right. People do dislike LeBron James because he’s great at basketball. Just ask Jay-Z and Kanye West. But that’s not it. There’s also that list up there (plus others, add yours in the comments, haters) and those are the sort of things that last a bit longer. I know it’s shocking that Isiah wouldn’t get things totally right, but I really don’t think he did.

(via SLAM)