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Change of heart: James now enjoys villain status

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09:01 AM ET 01.10 | LeBron James has accepted -- even embraced -- his reality. James scored 44 points against Portland while enduring the usual hostility that always greets him on the road. "I've grown accustomed to it," James said. "I enjoy it." Early in the season, he said it was harder to deal with the booing "when you're not as comfortable as you want to be. But right now, we're very comfortable together. I'm very comfortable. And I've kind of accepted this villain role everyone has placed on me. I'm OK with it. I accept it."

The Palm Beach Post

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January 10, 2011  10:01 AM ET

First!

January 10, 2011  10:02 AM ET

Now on Topic: the heat have became what i thought they would be. Bosh has found his game D-wade is free from injury at this point and lebron's just doing his thang. and that's a bad thing for the celtics...

January 10, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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Now on Topic: the heat have became what i thought they would be. Bosh has found his game D-wade is free from injury at this point and lebron's just doing his thang. and that's a bad thing for the celtics...

Oh yeah....
LEBRON THREAD!!!!!! WHOOOOO!
HEAT THREAD!!!!!!! LET ALL THE HATERS AND BANDWAGONERS COME OUT TO PLAY!!!!

January 10, 2011  10:27 AM ET

Man will someone put a lid on this kids' mouth? It's annoying to hear from him. And if he thinks fans care if he accepts the boos or cries about he's damn out of his mind. Of course we all want him to suffer the same imjury ROY has... screw that sukker!

January 10, 2011  10:31 AM ET
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Man will someone put a lid on this kids' mouth? It's annoying to hear from him. And if he thinks fans care if he accepts the boos or cries about he's damn out of his mind. Of course we all want him to suffer the same imjury ROY has... screw that sukker!

The Heatles !!! Woot .... Anyways if funny how everyone hates lebron yet they go and watch him LOL

January 10, 2011  10:31 AM ET

GO Villains!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2011  10:32 AM ET
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How nice of you to roll out the welcome wagon lol

LOL! You know what it is!

January 10, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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GO Villains!!!!!!!!

Yessir!

January 10, 2011  10:46 AM ET

If him embracing the role ..great whatever it takes to get a win

January 10, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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If him embracing the role ..great whatever it takes to get a win

Yup! im just ready for playoff time so we can face them...

January 10, 2011  11:01 AM ET

non-story...James had to like the taste of it from the get-go.

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January 10, 2011  11:14 AM ET

James is a fool.

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January 10, 2011  11:18 AM ET

Change of Heart Myself: I like peanut butter sandwiches.

January 10, 2011  11:21 AM ET

Just like any other bully, LeBron enjoys pushing around people weaker than him. And like any other bully, LeBron tends to collapse when someone isn't afraid of him, as evidenced by his epic playoff failures when he's had to face opponents who aren't in awe of him.

January 10, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Thats because they are now winning. Dont think he will say that come the playoffs.

January 10, 2011  11:25 AM ET

I dont think he had a choice on the matter he had to accept it.

 
January 10, 2011  11:31 AM ET

As it always happens, the villian loses in the end.

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