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LeBron re-tweets messages from 'haters'

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James used his Twitter account Tuesday to highlight some of the hateful, and sometimes racist, messages he has been receiving.

Love to hate 'em

Fans have a love-hate relationship with athletes who have tarnished their talent with bad attitudes.

"Today is Hater Day. Everyone please let them get their 2 mins of fame and light! I Love You Haters. Continue to make me proud of u guys! LOL," the two-time reigning NBA MVP tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

He then went on to re-tweet some of the uglier words directed at him on Twitter.

"hey good game last night, too bad you're a fraud, BITCH," said one tweet.

Another said, "u r a big nosed big lipped bug eyed (racial slur). ur greedy, u try to hide ur ghettoness."

"no one wants to hear u speak. Why dont u speak by laying ur head under a moving car," said a third tweet.

James responded by tweeting: "U see world how people feel! Just use it as extra motivation in whatever u do best! No one can stop your dreams from becoming reality!"

Love/hate relationship

Charley Rosen adores basketball but has mixed feelings about the modern NBA. Check out the things he loves and the things he hates.

James was the subject of an angry backlash across the country after his July 8 decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Heat, joining All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Late last month, James said race played a factor in the public's response to his choice, which included a widely panned ESPN special to announce his plans.

The Heat open their season Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Boston against the Celtics, the defending Eastern Conference champions.

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