After maintaining a pretty low profile during the postseason — well, as low a profile as a 6-foot-9, 270-pound, most-scrutinized-player-in-the-world can, anyway — LeBron James has re-emerged since his Miami Heat won the 2011-12 NBA championship. He’s resumed tweeting after a self-imposed 140-character hiatus that began when the regular season ended, he’s making random appearances at weddings and, along with Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he’s taking a trip through the TV talk show circuit.
Read more and check LeBron on Letterman after the jumpOn Tuesday, James appeared on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” receiving a somewhat surprising standing ovation from the studio audience in Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater — I mean, as much as people love a winner, plenty of folks remain determined to continue hating James. Much of that anger, obviously, still stems from “The Decision” and the way James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2010.
Like many people, Letterman — a famously rabid hoops fan from the roundball-mad state of Indiana — didn’t much care for that, and he kicked off LeBron’s fifth “Late Show” appearance by (gently) throwing some elbows.