OK, LeBron Haters, Ramp Up the Righteous Indignation for Matt Barnes

When LeBron James announced his "decision" to an audience of millions of basketball enthusiast and sports media, he had to know that it was going to come as a startling disappointment to everyone that had followed the speculation about his free agency for months.

He had to know that friends, family, fans emulating his Jesus-like pose as dust floats skyward and NBA executives would, to a large degree, react in ways that would range from sadness to irate bitterness.

I doubt even he thought, that the phrase, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" would be read as: "I'm the most self-centered egotist that has ever lived, so shove it, fans."

From the moment he made his choice to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh  in Miami, blogs and NBA Legends have been up in arms to vilify this man who made a decision that they simply disagreed with.

Suddenly, one of the greatest players in the game is a "punk" as Charles Barkley would say, "he's a choker, a loser and a whiner" according to the assorted anti-LeBron brigade that formed shortly after he posed with his new teammates with his new team jersey, he's "cowardly" according to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who showed no class whatsoever in the wake of it all.

Could LeBron James have shown a bit more tact in making his decision? Sure.  Would it have been better if he'd just sent out a written press release signifying his announcement rather than the prime-time media spectacle worthy of a Snooki from Jersey Shore? No doubt.

Does he deserve the amount of vitriol he has received just because some disagree with his decision? I don't think so.

On the other side of the equation, we have Matt Barnes. This is a player who, in the month since moving to L.A. to join the Lakers, apparently still hasn't located any anger management classes in the area and has never been a strang...

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