Lebron James Doesn't Even Get Respect In His Own City

By Scott Groff
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Lebron James has played for the Miami Heat for three and a half years and helped lead them to two NBA titles. There may even be a three-peat on the way.

However, on Wednesday night during a University of Miami home game vs. Duke, all he heard was chants of Kobe Bryant‘s name. Both James and Bryant were sitting courtside to watch the Blue Devils and Hurricanes in action. The natural thing for the student section to do is to give props to the 29-year-old, nine-time All-Star. Instead, Bryant got all of the attention. He responded to the chants by throwing up the “U” in appreciation.

James just sat quietly in his seat while chewing on his fingernails.

This all comes during the free agent year of James, where it is widely speculated that he may leave the Heat this offseason. James has to be bothered that in his own city, he still doesn’t get the respect he deserves. One wonders if this will continue to push him out the door. Being in Miami, it is incomprehensible to think this could happen. Could you imagine if there was a UCLA game back in 2002 and Bryant and Michael Jordan were in attendance and the crowd only chanted for Jordan? It would never happen.

Does this open up the door the Los Angeles Lakers to make a run at James this summer if Miami does not win a third straight championship? It’s like the saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

If James leaves Miami, does anyone in that city care?

Now it’s up to Jim Buss to step aside this summer and let the Laker legends do all of the recruiting towards James, in hopes of pulling off the ultimate home run.

Improbable? Yes, but getting more likely by the day.

Scott Groff is a Lakers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ucla_unknown. He can be reached at scott_groff@yahoo.com. Add him to your network on Google.

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