The negative opinions surround LeBron James and the summer of 2010 have been rampant. Now, thanks to an exclusive from CNBC, we have hard data to back up the vitriol that’s been sprayed at James like his free agency took place in the game Contra.
Per Darren Rovell, James’ Q Score prior to The Decision (January 2010) reflected that of a 24 percent positive, 22 percent negative opinion. Today, that number is drastically lower as James has a positive opinion of 14 percent with the negative side elevating to 39 percent – a 77 percent decline over the course of a summer.
Henry Schafer, executive VP of Q Scores Company brings the thunder.
“Instead of his change to the Heat being seen as the best way he can win a championship, many have looked at it and how he chose to announce it as a selfish move,” Schafer said.
Rovell reports that the Q Scores of his new teammates have also declined, signaling that James’ move to Miami cast an anchor of sorts on their respective totals. Schafer added that LeBron’s “Decision” was one of the most catastrophic acts – not related to any anti-social behavior — by a sports star in the 45 years of the Q Score’s existance.
A lot has been made of James’ decision to join his friends in Miami not only due to leaving Cleveland, but also for what it does to the future of the NBA as the perception is that there will now be a handful of “powerhouse” teams coupled with everyone else. In a recent interview with SLAM Online, James seemed apathetic towards outside opinion of his Decision, casting it as an inability to “make everyone happy.”
“I think that’s one thing learned over the summer,” said James. ”I learned throughout my life, that’s one thing you can’t base your life or base your career on, trying to make everyone happy. You have to go out and do what’s best for you and your family, and at the end of the day you know that you played as hard as you can, you know that you gave blood, sweat and tears, then you can be satisfied with that.”