Over the last several years, the Cavaliers have been overlooked and disrespected by some of the most respected basketball opinions in the world. And they have yet to prove their doubters wrong by hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season. I get that. But players, coaches and the like involved with the Cleveland basketball organization have been some of the most classy and down-to-earth individuals in the sports world.
Nevertheless, there have been two people in particular that have arisen as Public Enemy #1 for the city of Cleveland and I want to know Who do you dislike more?
-In 2008, Washington Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson earned his role as Cleveland’s biggest villain when he began a long, drawn out spat with LeBron James. He was quoted as saying, “[LeBron]’s overrated. And you can say I said that.” Now, at the time, LeBron was averaging more than 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per night and Stevenson averaged roughly 12, 13 or maybe 14 bricks a night. He became most known for his Can’t feel my face antics that, considering his statistics, would have been more appropriately termed Can’t believe my eyes celebrations. The feud lasted so long, in fact, that Jay-Z got involved and performed a song in defense of Cleveland’s King; that was followed by Soulja Boy taking the side of Stevenson in his own performance. (As a side note, Soulja Boy challenging Jay-Z is almost as funny/ridiculous as Stevenson challenging LeBron).
-Earlier this season, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah took offense to LeBron and Co. dancing on the bench during a blowout in favor of the Cavs. Noah barked at James from the bench and the two exchanged words all the while getting slapped with technical fouls. Noah reignited the rivalry when he claimed to “want” Cleveland in the first round of the 2010 Playoffs. Well, he got his wish. And after taking a loss in game one, Noah spent his day off ripping Cleveland by saying, “I don’t know about Cleveland, man, there is nothing going on. It’s bad man. Cleveland sucks.” Whoa! And just like that, he went from disliked to detested by everyone in the city.
Now that your memory has been refreshed, I will ask again: Which one of these guys do you hate the most?