I understand some degree of intrinsic dislike.
The guy was seemingly God’s gift to the game before he even played a minute at the pro level.
He was the #1 pick and was supposed to revitalize a down franchise and maybe even transform the image of a city.
Then he did excel on a personal level. Moreover, he elevated the play of all of his teammates, led them, even carried them, did win multiple individual awards including league MVPs, but still he made the naysayers scoff because the team did not achieve the level of success expected for someone of his historic stature.
Even more, the naysayers laughed and pointed out that he tended to shrink away from the big moment, playing less well in the postseason than was expected for an all-time great.
He was defiant, very confident in his abilities, demanding of his teammates, and yet he took responsibility for even relatively minor failures.
Then he did finally break through. He reached the pinnacle with his first championship ring. He followed that up with a run of even won more MVPs. His face was plastered everywhere, as an advertising icon. Plus he kept on leading his team to success.
But given all of that, I really think that it’s wrong to dislike Peyton Manning.
Or even Lebron James, for that matter.
I have majorly simmered on Lebron. His flopping stinks, but it isn't like he pulled Rondo to the ground and hurt his elbow.
He has showed up in the playoffs. Game 6 of the finals shows that he is amazing. And the best player in the NBA.
At the moment I dislike Mike Dunleavy more than I dislike LeBron.
Tons of NBA players disliked Kobe when he was on top of the league, too. Before that, a lot of players disliked Jordan....
Hard to like a guy that outclasses you at every turn.