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LeBron Growing Accustomed to Villain Role

January 10, 2011

Well we knew either one or two things would happen when LeBron headed down to South Beach: 1. He would crumble under the spotlight and scrutiny and become an average player on an average team or 2. He would develop into the best damn player on the best damn team no matter what people said. As we all know now, we’re all terrified and just saying uncle.

From The Palm Beach Post:

Zydrunas Illgauskas assumed, as a reporter approached, that the question would be about LeBron James.

“I’ve seen him do it before,” Ilgauskas said before anything was asked. “I’ve seen him do it better.”

Which was the best?

“The playoff game in Detroit, it was 25 straight points, Game 5,” Ilgauskas said. “Pretty good.”

So was this.

James not only scored 44 points, including seven in overtime of a 107-100 win against Portland, but also guarded center Marcus Camby during the overtime.

And he did so, even while enduring the usual hostility that always greets him on the road.

“I’ve grown accustomed to it,” James said. “I enjoy it.”

Early in the season, he said it was harder to deal with the booing “when you’re not as comfortable as you want to be. But right now, we’re very comfortable together. I’m very comfortable. And I’ve kind of accepted this villain role everyone has placed on me. I’m OK with it. I accept it.”

Sidenote: Here’s 2 of his 44 points from last night.

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