Since the legendary Maccabi Tel Aviv coach was unceremoniously fired a few days ago, Israel has stopped broadcasting Cavs games and ruined former Michigan basketball player Stu Douglass’ “Bron viewing”: “Israeli TV won’t put the Cavs games on now since Blatt got fired and now everyone hates LeBron. Really messing with my Bron viewing.”
However, Israeli sports journalist Sharon Davidovitch had an interesting way at looking at the recent Israeli LeBron hate telling the Agence France-Presse: “LeBron James is now the most hated person in Israel. It’s a little bit joking and a little bit true: These days I can only compare the Israeli hate for LeBron James to the hate for Hamas.” If you didn’t know, Hamas’ only mission is the complete destruction of Israel. So yeah, LeBron is in that company now. Blatt stans have even taken to James’ Instagram and Twitter account to voice their displeasure.
Via Agence France-Presse, sports journalist Sharon Davidovich described LeBron James as now the most hated man in Israel. “It’s a little bit joking and a little bit true: These days I can only compare the Israeli hate for LeBron James to the hate for Hamas,” said Davidovich. Yahoo says that one Israeli newspaper (no doubt the New York Post of Jerusalem) went with the headline “Goliath eliminates David” after Blatt was fired. LeBron’s Instagram messages are now being bombed with comments in Hebrew (apologies if any of those are NSFW)
The provincial pride in Blatt was suddenly replaced with anger toward the Cavaliers and their perceived coldhearted send-off. Most of the venom was directed at LeBron James, the Cleveland superstar who had a rocky relationship with Blatt. “Finally I can go back to hating LeBron without feeling guilty. Hope he never sees a title in his life,” said Gil Eyal, a 38-year-old Israeli high-tech executive who typically supports the Boston Celtics.
“Last night, at 22:30, seven million Israelis, at least, sat in their living rooms and rooted for Cleveland. At 23:30 there were probably only about seven left. Tops,” wrote Sharon Davidovitch, a sports columnist for the popular YNet Website. “A magical, exciting journey that often lacked any sense of proportion came to an end for many Israelis who followed Blatt on his way to the top of the world. Or at least close to it.”