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LeBron James on Hating Cleveland, Dan Gilbert and Barkley

| by The Daily Heat

At least LeBron James doesn’t have to pretend to like the people of Cleveland anymore. As James continues what can only be described as the fastest spiral from loved to hated since Kobe Bryant circa 2004-ish, he dropped this gem in an interview with GQ magazine:

“It’s not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.… So we didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

If that wasn’t great enough, though, James also touched on Dan Gilbert’s comments from when James announced his decision to head to the Miami Heat. For those who have forgotten, moments after James made a public announcement regarding his intentions to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team’s owner, Gilbert, wrote and published an angry letter on the team’s personal website directed at “the self-proclaimed king.”

“I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron," says LeBron, speaking of himself in the third person. "My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You’ll get a good sense of their character.’ Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”

Not holding anything back, James also touched on Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley criticizing him recently, and calling his decision to leave Cleveland a “punk move.”

“Charles was probably trying to be funny. It wasn’t funny to me.”

On the bright side, all the harsh words levied towards James and his co-conspirators in Miami hasn’t deflated James’ ego. He had this to say regarding spoiling people with his stellar talent:

“I love our fans. Cleveland fans are awesome. But I mean, even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court.”

The cherry on top, though, was James waving a potential comeback to the Cavaliers at some point in his career.

“If there was an opportunity for me to return and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.”

Perhaps when the athleticism fades, and he’s ring chasing like his former teammate, Shaquille O’Neal?

At this point you have to wonder: Are James’ PR people really so bad that they would repeatedly let him say all these things? Or is this some sort of master plot to gain more attention for a once-loved athlete?

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