A year ago, it seemed like the only place that really, really disliked LeBron James was Boston, and that was pretty much entirely due to the fact that he was extraordinarily talented and did his best to stand in the way of a Celtics championship every year.
It was when he took those extraordinary talents to a certain beach in Miami, though, that a large chunk of the country hopped on the anti-LeBron bandwagon.
That group rejoiced Sunday night as LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh came up short in their quest for an NBA title, while the ever-likable Dirk Nowitzki captured his first championship.
James, it should be noted, took time after the loss to congratulate his opponents — something he wasn't so keen on doing a couple of years ago. That doesn't mean he went out completely gracefully.
"Absolutely not," he said, when asked if he was bothered that so many people were happy to see him fail. "Because at the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.
"They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point."
At least he knows that he doesn't live in the real world with the rest of us.
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"this will sound weird. Im laying in bed. with the trophy next me.#dreamcometrue"
–Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, via Twitter, after Dallas captured its first-ever championship
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