If you think that LeBron James is a douchebag, you're not alone. And you're probably right. And it's your fault.
How can you expect someone to NOT be a pompous arrogant narcissist when you provide this kind of ego fuel?
How can you not be completely detached from reality, believing yourself to be that important?
To address my bias, I am whatever the opposite of a sports enthusiast is. But I am willing to admit that participating in sports makes people healthy and anectodally at least can help promote values. Watching sports can be an enjoyable past time, and provides a worthwhile ocassion for you to gather with your friends and family. Professional sports are a big bloated mess of misappropriated money, attention and acclaim.
Putting a ball through a hoop does not actually help humanity. It doesn't matter. LeBron James is less important to society than any other gainfully employed individual in America. I guess you can say he's more valuable than people than are actively detrimental to society (career criminals, lobbyists, serial rapists, insert-joke-profession-here) in that he is only not helping rather than hurting people. But at the end of the day, he's someone that gets to do a leisure activity all day long. How much should we pay someone who performs a leisure activity all day? The answer: enough to keep them from starving, if anything.
So Cleveland, yes, he was a douche. But he was a douche because you stuffed his head and wallet so full he couldn't help but be one. Care less about sports and you'd have more respectable athletes.