Since his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers last year for the Miami Heat, LeBron James has been subjected to intense criticism from sports writers and basketball fans. Despite all the controversy surrounding his decision, he is having huge success in this year’s NBA playoffs and is poised to win his first championship title. With all the scrutiny he’s under some are wondering if race is a factor.
Do African-Americans feel more of an affinity for LeBron because he is black player under fire?
Are some basketball fans rooting against the Heat because of the race of their big three stars?
Is Dirk Nowitzki getting more favorable coverage because he is a white player?
If LeBron wins the championship, will that effectively silence his critics?