"We want to win a championship for ourselves," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "But I'm not going to tell you that not unleashing 24/7 Jets coverage on the nation isn't additional motivation. We know America is counting on us to save them."
James believes that the national fear of Tebow coverage without the "Will LeBron ever win a ring?" story to balance it out is part of the reason he is hated by so many.
"I never committed any crimes. I'm not a bad guy, yet I'm hated more than anyone in sports," said James. "If people don't want me to win a championship because it will result in more Tebow coverage, well I can completely understand that."
But one sports media insider says the fears of wall-to-wall New York Jets and Tebow coverage if LeBron wins a championship is unfounded.
"The Red Sox and Yankees still have several series," he said. "And there are still two golf majors in which we can discuss how much Tiger Woods is back or not back. So I really doubt the Jets will account for more than 98-percent of the news. Plus, what about LeBron winning a second ring? Anyone can win one. Is he great enough to go back-to-back?"