That's not saying much... today's NBA is nowhere near as competitive as the 80s-mid '90s. And no, most people hate LeBron. ESPN and Sports Center don't, but damn near every poll about "Most hated athletes" features LeBron in there somewhere (or, excuse me, just missing the cut if you look at Forbes 2013 poll, though the comments of this one amount to, "Why is LeBron not on this list?") Hell, you can make a poll on this very site and see how much people hate LeBron. Or on any site that isn't a Miami cHeat fansite.