By fans? By players? Different answers.
With fans, LeBron James, whether he chooses to wear the tag of villain or not, is public enemy No. 1 for the way he changed the free-agency landscape and announced his decision.
When it comes to players,
As far as most embraced from the public perspective, few maximized their visibility during the lockout as well as
With players, there is enduring respect for
In one poll released recently,
Is it because he married
Certainly, LeBron James remains one of the most hated in the league because of last year's "Decision."
Another player on the hate list is Kevin Garnett.
Garnett is known as a constant trash talker during games. But he always seems to talk his smack to players smaller than his 6-11 frame and to European players.
No one in the NBA is afraid of Garnett.
They just think he's a fake tough guy.
The NBA is filled with players who elicit both positive and negative feelings.
Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill,
LeBron James and
LeBron makes both lists
So you want to know who the NBA's most liked and disliked players are. What is this — high school? An episode of
LeBron James, of course, makes both lists. That's how versatile he is.
Kevin Garnett gets under a lot of people's skin with his fake tough-guy act. Ron Artest/Metta World Peace is still a villain to some who remember the brawl.
Kobe Bryant is universally loved, rebounding from a sexual assault charge years ago.