As free agency nears, maybe not.
The outside detractors have always been present, ready to pounce on any misstep. This time, though, some of the most stinging barbs have been by those who know James best _ Cleveland fans.
“Whether it’s fair or not, it’s going on,” said Mike Polk, who directed a somewhat tongue-in-cheek “Please Stay LeBron” video to the tune of “We Are the World” with the hope that James re-signs with Cleveland. "A lot of the criticism toward LeBron started nationally _ maybe they want us to resent him. Some people seem to feel like we’re supposed to hate him right now until he decides what’s next.
“But I also think he could have handled all this a lot better.”