NBA Finals: LeBron James may be a villain elsewhere, but not so much in Oklahoma City

THE ‘HEATLES': He's a friend of Kevin Durant, and apparently America's service men and women. So if Oklahoma City Thunder fans don't like LeBron James, it's probably because he plays for the other team.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrodhe@opubco.com Published: June 10, 2012

LEBRON JAMES

Despite what might happen in other cities, there is a zero-percent chance LeBron James will ever be the most hated player in the eyes of Thunder fans.

The current titleholder likely will never relinquish the crown. Man by the name of Metta World Peace. Nobody elbows "The Beard" without suffering the consequences.

Folks around here have zero reason not to like Bron-Bron, other than he plays for the opposing team.

James invited Kevin Durant to his hometown last summer for a "Hell Week" of training sessions in Akron, Ohio. James' team beat Durant's team 70-63 in a flag-football game, but James immediately offered a rematch.

Around here, any friend of Kevin's …

James also played in Durant's charity pick-up game last September during the lockout at the Cox Convention Center.

The biggest thumbs-up of all goes to James for what he did in late February when the Heat's team plane stopped to refuel at Will Rogers World Airport on a 2,700-mile trip from Miami to Portland.

Heat players went to the terminal to stretch while the plane refueled and James noticed uniformed military personnel. James waved them past security and instructed teammates to pose for pictures with the servicemen.

Asked about the incident three weeks later, James barely remembered it happened. Pretty cool.


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