Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/18/14
MIAMI Shane Battier knows exactly how LeBron James was looked upon a year ago. He even provided a demonstration. The Miami Heat forward cocked his head to the right. Then he halfway closed his right eye. People were skeptical and sort of gave him the hairy eyeball, Battier said. Research turned up that Battier was uttering an expression that means to look at somebody disapprovingly or to doubt the person. But one thing is now sure. Armed with the first championship of his career, James is no longer getting the hairy eyeball. I think now he gets the benefit of the doubt, Battier said. To use a more common expression related to the head, James, a 10-year veteran, now wears the white hat. The black hat has been put back in his closet. Entering the playoffs last year, James was without a ring. The naysayers were still out in full force. James chokes in big games. The King never will win a crown. Even Heat president Pat Riley said while looking back, He had in his mind that (w...
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