Harris: Bulls Fans Need To Stop Hating LeBron James

By Adam Harris–

CHICAGO (WSCR) Chicago, it’s time for us to let go of our hatred toward LeBron James.

I realize this blog is coming at a very bad time considering the Bulls will face the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, but before this series happens Bulls fans need to accept LeBron James as a player that can most effect the result of any NBA game he plays in.

I am not saying Bulls fans should root for LeBron or even hope he does well in this next series, but they need to accept right now that he chose to play in Miami (not Chicago), and we should respect his game and his decision.

Two nights ago, after the Heat beat the Celtics to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James apologized for how he made his decision last summer by going on TV with “The Decision.”

“I went through a lot with deciding to be here, and the way it panned out, with all the friends and family and the fans back home,” James said in his postgame interview. “I apologize for the way it happened. But I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”

LeBron James made a decision for his own good, and while we as a fan base disagree with what he decided, we need to accept his decision or we will be frustrated and angry for years to come.

The Heat are going to be the Bulls’ rival every year moving forward for a long time, and it will save us Bulls fans a ton of heart ache and frustration if we just accept LeBron James as the most dominant NBA player in the game; we shouldn’t hate him for it. I realize Derrick Rose won the MVP this year and he completely deserved it, but if I were to pick one player to start my franchise with right now I would still pick the most desired free agent in NBA history, LeBron James.

This is a very passive approach for us Bulls fans to follow when dealing with LeBron James as a wall the Bulls need to climb every year to get to the NBA Finals, but I say it’s a smart approach.

LeBron had a hell of a year. He averaged nearly a triple double every game this year (26.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 7 apg) and I find it so hard to hate him because of that. I do not wish him the slightest bit of success moving forward, however I do realize as an NBA fan that he will put up his numbers, and will probably win at least one game by himself against the Bulls coming up.

As a Bulls fan, I realize hating LeBron James will get me no where while watching the Eastern Conference Finals. If I prepare mentally to respect his abilities and understand he is a monster who will get his 27 plus points and 7 plus assists and rebounds per game, I will enjoy this series more. I will enjoy season’s to come a lot more also.

“The Decision” is over with. It was handled poorly, but no one can blame LeBron for making the decision that he made. People can dislike him for how he made his decision, but they cannot hate him for it.

If hatred is what Bulls fans are hanging on to with LeBron James, they will be frustrated and angry for not only the next two weeks, but for years to come. The Heat may not beat the Bulls this coming series, but they are here to stay, and LeBron James is the most influential player on that team.

You can hate him, but it will get you nowhere as a fan. Just give into his talent and respect what he can do…oh and root against him with all your might, but put your “hate” away.

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  • Paul Perez

    Blow Me…..

    • Granpa Howard


  • Real Man

    Adam Harris = Tool

  • Sheryl

    He used Chicago, pretending that there might be a chance he would come here, all the while knowing he was going to Miami, he celebrates like he won the Finals after beating an old Boston team, implies that Boston was the hardest series they were going to have, has never given the Bulls even a minimum of respect, in general acts like a spoiled little punk….and we’re supposed to roll over and say “Yay, King James??” Like the first poster said…Blow Me.

  • Dannible

    Au contraire I couldnt think of a more appropriate time to encourage our hatred of Lebron James.

  • Steve
  • Steve

    Being great isn’t mutually exclusive with being an ostentatious self-absorbed ass hat with no insight into how to carry yourself as a person/player. His skills are never to be doubted-his person is. Harris equates people who find his behavior vomit/scream at the tv worthy, to people who doubt his skills-two separate ideas/people. Everything that is wrong with his behavior-and overt persona, Rose is the antithesis of -and that’s what most Chicago Bulls fans recognize.

  • mrBIG

    Another DUMB ASS reporter!

  • feell the heat

    we love the hate.. your right adam harris..hay sheryl..i’ll blow you babe can you feel the heat

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      …you have to try hard, to be this uneducated. Take a 4th grade language class, dope.

  • Spoon

    AIDS is an impressive virus, doesnt mean I have to show it respect, give it credit, or hate it any less.

    Not only is your blog poorly timed, but it says “MY OPINION IS THIS, YOU MUST AGREE!!!!!”

  • Ricardo

    This self righteous buffoon misses the whole point. Not just Chicago but the entire nation “hates” Lebron because he sold out. He went from a hero to a sellout overnight and nobody likes to root for a sellout. He is the most dominant player in the game and he is in his prime of his career, which is why his “decision” is so baffling. Leaving his team to join up with Bosh on Wade’s team is viewed as a chump move not a champ move. One more final lesson for you Adam. Just because someone says they hate something doesn’t always mean they do literally. I sometimes even will even say I hate fake tits but in reality I just prefer natural tits.

  • Dan Rakow

    I’m no LeBron James Fan and I do not hate him and I am blessed and very thankful that the Chicago Bulls did not sign him plus I did not want to see LeBron getting objects being thrown by Cleveland Fans although I do like Cleveland Sports Fans except when they get carried away especially when King James sign with the Miami Heat causing Fans thourghout Northeast Ohio acting like Animals.

  • Joe R

    I think it’s ridiculous to assume most Chicago fans hate Lebron James right now for his decision not to come to Chicago. There may have been some disappointment at the time, but we’re long past that resentment and fully on board the Derrick Rose train.

    We hate Lebron for all the right reasons. He’s childish, unaccountable, and selfish. Being from Chicago has nothing to do it.

  • Troy

    I don’t even know why you would write some BS like this. (BLEEP) Lebron James

  • Gerald Lemons

    ummm we hate LBJ because hes a punk ass ^$*)$. I didn’t want him for Chicago.

  • Barry A

    Why do you care whether or not I like Lebron James?

  • The Sloppiest

    I don’t like him because he is not very likable. Even before he signed here. Woulda loved to have him but not to heartbroken it didn’t happen now. They are the Yankees of basketball and Lebron gets booed the loudest but that don’t mean Wade, Bosh and the rest of the stormtroopers aren’t getting booed too. If he is our rival for years to come then it makes to sense to not root against him.

  • Bingo Brown

    Cleveland hates LeBron because of what he did to them, it’s not the same for bulls fans. I accept he is a great player, I used to root for him in the playoffs all the time because he was great player. However, it’s like the Yankees or Lakers or the Patriots: it’s so very fulfilling to root against the team that gets the hype and only cares about superstars. When they lose, it’s just that much better. It doesn’t have to do with respect, necessarily, instead it’s that a great player doesn’t have to be likable. I understand the decision, but with the Lakers gone you have to root against someone (while rooting for the Bulls in this case), so who better than the Heat?

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