Kendrick Perkins offers one more reason why LeBron James made the 'most hated athletes' list

COMMENTARY — Thunder center Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James took to Twitter to comment on Blake Griffin's dunk because “he wants the world to like him.”
by Jenni Carlson Published: February 8, 2012
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But wait, there's more.

“I just feel he is always looking for attention,” Perk said of LeBron to Yahoo! Sports, “and he wants the world to like him.”

Hey, could you blame LeBron for that?

I mean, the guy is one of the most hated athletes in professional sports. The fine folks at Forbes Magazine just released a list of the sportos who people hate most. These are athletes who scored the most “dislike,” “dislike somewhat” or “dislike a lot” responses.

LeBron was sixth.

Ouch.

He can take heart that he wasn't hated as much as Michael Vick or Tiger Woods, who tied for the top spot on the most-hated list. Then again, LeBron never spent time in federal prison for dogfighting or was accused of more affairs than Casanova.

But still, LeBron ranks No. 6 on the most-hated-athletes list because he's the bad guy who left Cleveland, the villain who took his talents to South Beach but still has just as many rings as he did before.

Dude needs a little love.

And really, who doesn't want the world to like them? Who wants to go around having everyone hate them? I mean, there are some dictators and Republican presidential candidates who seem intent on doing things that make people despise them, but most of us prefer friends to enemies, praises to obscenities, pats on the back to kicks in the backside.

Maybe it's just coincidence that all this has come up the week before Valentine's Day. There are flowers and chocolates to buy, dinner reservations to make and valentines to send.

You suppose Perk is going to send LeBron a valentine?

Doubtful, though when Miami comes to town next month, I suspect Perk might have a little something for him.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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