The hate that hate produced

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 5, 2010

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..” Psalm 23:4.

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The “One” they called Benedict Arnold, LeQuitter, and LeBrick came back to the Temple of Doom Thursday night to a tornado of twirling towels.

“I thought Boo was his middle name….” joked TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith.

But despite all of the hype, haters, and hecklers, young King James seemed unaffected by the booing and chants of “Akron Hates You” at the Quicken Loan Area in Cleveland.

James, in fact, remained relaxed during warm-ups and showed a sign of ruthlessness when he performed his pre-game powder tossing ritual, which many dared him to perform.

With the residue of the powder still floating in the air, King James prepared for the opening tip-off with a “Me against the World Attitude.”

But after hitting his first jump-shot, you knew it was going to be a long night for the Cavalier fans. By halftime, the Heat, in fact, had built a 30 point lead. As a result, you didn’t know if the Cleveland fans were booing James or their own team.

“The fans were a lot better than the Cavaliers.” laughed Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “From the way they played and interacted with LeBron on the court, why didn’t they just go over a kiss the King’s ring? That really bugged me.”

Pluto’s observation was precise and to the point.

Because throughout the entire game as several disgruntled Cleveland fans cursed and gave LBJ the middle finger while holding up signs, which read “No Loyalty. No class. No Legacy,” he remained shockingly playful as he joked with his former team mates on the bench before exploding for 24 of his 38 points in the third quarter.

With James outstanding third quarter performance, the only thing the Cavalier fans could do was call him “Scottie Pippen” as if they were the Cameron Crazies from Duke University.

But as the powder from James’ pre-game ritual finally disappeared, the final score on the scoreboard read Heat 118, Cavaliers 90. With the Heat’s blow-out victory, maybe now the people of Cleveland can move on with their lonely lives.

Because despite all their hatred toward LeBron, they should have remembered the scripture from the King James Version of the Bible, which stated: “No weapon against me shall prosper …..”