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LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:01 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:55 pm
 
 Posted by Royce Young

Since "The Decision" really all we've heard or seen from LeBron is him being heckled or booed at an appearance. He didn't speak during the Nike World Basketball Festival and for the most part, has just kept a low profile.

Finally, we have some fodder. J.R. Moehringer of GQ had the opportunity to spend three weeks with LeBron in the lead-up to the decision and also spoke to James about a number of different things.

In the interview that drops in full Aug. 24, LeBron actually says he could see himself returning to Cleveland one day as well.
"If there was an opportunity for me to return," he says, "and those fans welcome me back, that'd be a great story." But then again, he also talks about how as a kid, he hated Cleveland, italics used for added emphasis on hated.

A few of the other highlights:

LeBron on how those close to him view his decision: “They’re happy to see me happy. That’s what they can see in my face. They say: ‘It’s been a while since we’ve seen you look like that.’”

On Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert: “I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You’ll get a good sense of their character.’ Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”
 
On how a kid could from Akron, located only thirty minutes from Cleveland, could grow up rooting for Chicago and Jordan: "It's not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.… So we didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day."

On how growing up helped him learn about facing adversity and staying humble:
“That’s what keeps me humble, because I know my background, know what my mother went through. I never get too high on my stardom or what I can do. My mom always says, and my friends say, ‘You’re just a very low-maintenance guy.’"


Moehringer also describes in detail what it was like hanging with LeBron's crew. One of the more interesting points is how LeBron is surrounded at all times. Whether it be with friends, managers, agents or family, LeBron doesn't spend a lot of time by himself.
Moehringer writes: "But as with anything, all that comfort comes at a cost, and I think that his fear of being alone keeps him at times from walking through the fire that we all have to walk through. Maybe sitting alone in a room and thinking might have helped him realize that an hour-long special devoted to his decision was ill advised. My suspicion from watching him surrounded by people wherever he goes is that he's not spending a lot of time alone in a room thinking through things."

There's also something in the article talking about how James is potentially trying to re-create his high school experience, something he calls his favorite time of his life, by going and playing with friends in Miami. It's interesting because James spurned his local predominantly African-American high school but instead enrolled at predominantly white St. Vincent-St. Mary to play with friends and build a superteam. He was called a traitor, a cop-out and pretty much all the things he's being called now. And as Moehringer points out, in LeBron's memoir, the chapter talking about his choice to play at the catholic prep school is entitled "The Decision."

I remember Brian Windhorst, who covered LeBron even in high school, tweeting in the build-up to the one-hour announcement special that this new media savvy, image conscious LeBron was not someone he knew. LeBron refers to himself in the third-person constantly, talks about hating Cleveland his entire life and is so enveloped in his own happiness that he surrounds himself with people that only tell him how happy he is. That doesn't sound a whole lot like the guy that was all about winning and teammates a few years ago with the Cavs.

But honestly, after this inside look, maybe LeBron never changed. Maybe he's the exact same guy he's always been.


Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2010 11:26 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

NO ONE force Brett Favre out.  For some reason people forget that Brett actually retired.  Now if you are a Favre fan I can see why you'd forget that small, but important information.
And it's stupid to think that Lebron should be forced to stay with a team for 14 years before he goes somewhere else to win a title.  He was drafted by the Cavs.  You guys do remember that right?  He was a free agent able to go anywhere that he pleased.  Reading many of these butt hurt fans in this thread only shows how much fans believe the players work for them.
Remember to the players playing sports is just as much a job for them, as working at your local Wal-Mart stocking TVs or working at your local restaurant as a manager.  When everyday people leave an Applebees to become a store manager of a Food Lion no one cares.  Everybody seems to think that it's okay to leave one company and go to the another one if it's going to better you and your family's future.
But when people like Lebron does the exact same thing it's a problem.  Fans are WAY in to deep nowadays.  Fans seem to care more about a player's legacy than the actual players do.  Just think about that for a second.  We the fans care more about how an athlete is viewed 20 years from now than than the actual player himself.   Shouldn't that tell you something?  The whole time we are the ones that look like the idiots, while the player is rich and is probably comfortable with himself.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2010 6:57 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

   I don't really look positivly on the way either of them have handled moving from one team to another,  but in my eyes the differance between Brett and Lebron.  Brett has won a championship.  Lebron hasn't.  Brett has 13 more years of playing under his belt then Lebron?  It was obvious Brett was almost done in GB.  You can argue about the who/why on whos fault it was, but Bretts time in GB was up after that mess, and they didn't want him back. 

      No one was forcing Lebron out.  When Lebrons contract with Heat is done with.  If he expressed intrest in going back to the Cavs i'm positive they would take him back in a heartbeat no matter what they have to say about it now.

    It's a absolute joke to try and compare the two situations.  Trying to make it sound as if theres some kind of double standard in this case seems an awful lot like trying to bait people into starting a debate over crap that just doesn't exist in this situation.

   With all that being said.  I'm not sure where your getting the idea that people seem to think what Brett is doing is good.  From what i've seen and heard.  Sports writers, sports shows, and the general fans are pritty sick and tired of hearing about Brett as much.  If not more then most of us are with Lebron.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2010 12:37 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

WHAAA-

This old article is something Lebron should read. While I like him as a player, he has something to learn.




Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:08 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

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Hey

 

When are the players gonna stand-up and say this super team trend is Bull Sh1T. You have to be smart enough to know this is going to hurt you and the majority of the players, and if your not your agents may be. Right now owners don't know how to handle it, but what they'll figure out, if they are going to lose, they are going to lose with lower priced talent. If you think just because the only players that will come to a city are 2<sup>nd</sup> tier players, so the owners will be forced to overpay- They won't. They'll become like baseball owners, where the stooge teams will keep their payroll as low as possible.

 

They are not going to get fans to watch 2<sup>nd</sup> tier players getting stomped by the super pussies. That will only drive down salaries. And besides even if you could make a few more, don't you players have any feeling for the game or is it nothing more than a vehicle to get paid.

 

You know what is going on is wrong, so why don't you speak up, or are we afraid to be a Queenie's list. Let me clue you in whether your on his list or not they are going to come in throw down, beat their chest, scream like animals, dance on your floor, and hammer your arse every time they get the chance.

Now is that how you want to see 82 games a year go. Oh I'm sorry when your not playing the super teams every team will have a chance, to get killed in the playoff.

 

The only chance these 2<sup>nd</sup> tier teams will have is if the NBA allows Bad Boy basketball to come back, but we know Stern rides the coat tails of these human piles of defecation.

 

So yes I am already bitter and so should you be. You should be able to see the writing on the wall. You have been playing this game a long time – so you know what time it is.

 

Well it sure would be nice to see you protect your livelihood, or at least the game. Cause Stern does anything, it won't be til after NYK are a super team. Then he may step in. But that will be too late for a couple of hundred of you.

 

BTW, if there is something about this trend that is good for us, point it out to me, PLEASE.

 

Regards





Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:06 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

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Hey

 

When are the players gonna stand-up and say this super team trend is Bull Sh1T. You have to be smart enough to know this is going to hurt you and the majority of the players, and if your not your agents may be. Right now owners don't know how to handle it, but what they'll figure out, if they are going to lose, they are going to lose with lower priced talent. If you think just because the only players that will come to a city are 2<sup>nd</sup> tier players, so the owners will be forced to overpay- They won't. They'll become like baseball owners, where the stooge teams will keep their payroll as low as possible.

 

They are not going to get fans to watch 2<sup>nd</sup> tier players getting stomped by the super pussies. That will only drive down salaries. And besides even if you could make a few more, don't you players have any feeling for the game or is it nothing more than a vehicle to get paid.

 

You know what is going on is wrong, so why don't you speak up, or are we afraid to be a Queenie's list. Let me clue you in whether your on his list or not they are going to come in throw down, beat their chest, scream like animals, dance on your floor, and hammer your arse every time they get the chance.

Now is that how you want to see 82 games a year go. Oh I'm sorry when your not playing the super teams every team will have a chance, to get killed in the playoff.

 

The only chance these 2<sup>nd</sup> tier teams will have is if the NBA allows Bad Boy basketball to come back, but we know Stern rides the coat tails of these human piles of defecation.

 

So yes I am already bitter and so should you be. You should be able to see the writing on the wall. You have been playing this game a long time – so you know what time it is.

 

Well it sure would be nice to see you protect your livelihood, or at least the game. Cause Stern does anything, it won't be til after NYK are a super team. Then he may step in. But that will be too late for a couple of hundred of you.

 

BTW, if there is something about this trend that is good for us, point it out to me, PLEASE.

 

Regards





Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2010 3:27 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

People, ask yourself this. What is the difference between what Lebron has done and what Brett has done?  Both individuals made the World and their respective Sport Teams, which provides them the ability to show case their born giving Talents.  So what's the difference between the two actions/decisions?  As I look at it, NOT A THING.  So why is Lebron critizism more critical as "Hate" and Brett's decision is viewed as "Acceptable"?  I would love to elaborate, but all the Sport Writers, Analysis, etc. has put such a spend on these things where the have you to believe that this doesn't happen in the Real World. Well open your eyes America and Everyone else.  This happens on the daily, but we choose to be selective with how we view people character.  Regardless to what ones intention are, ultimately they'll be the one to make the decision that is best for them and not for the Majority.  I'm a big sports fan and if We give people in this arena the ability to hold our attention where we become emotionally involved in their decision making, then we like fools burning jersey's and arriving in folks home town begging for them to join our cause.  So when the final decision is made, be happy for what it is and enjoy what the season may bring and that's ENTERTAINMENT! Good Job, Lebron and Brett.  You guys been Pimped for years, now the light had been shedded on What an Athtlete's Worth Is.  Guy's enjoy your craft don't worry what the Nay-Sayer's have to Say.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2010 2:18 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Really?? All ohio people live and die by sports?  Tell me this, if i live and die by sports, wouldn't i have already killed my self? seeing as i am a fan of the browns, cavs, and indians?  I'm pretty sure if you're a diehard fan you can still get an education in the process.  i mean watching a football, baseball, or basketball game only takes like what, 3 hours out of your day? Seeing as how your a michigan fan you are most likely just bitter, because Ohio state keeps destroying your team year in and year out. 
Oh, and Lebron. STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR SELF.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 8:20 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

"ALL you Ohio people are the same...live and die by sports...hell with an education right?!?"

Says the joke of a poster from MI. Really? MI? It took you almost an entire page to make your point which in the end turned out to be as pathetic as you are. Why don't you grow up and put something down on the message board worth reading and next time try not to write a book that could be summed up in three sentences.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:33 pm
 

Million dollah moves, pea brain

Lebron is an idiotic child. At what point will he mature? He calls himself humble? Does he have a clue what humble means? Never get too high on your stardom? Are you serious? What the hell was that idiotic special?

Can he drop a few dollas and take some proper grammar classes so when he is forced to speak, he doesn't sound like a complete idiot?
Gilbert didn't care about him or his family? How many tens of millions did he pay you you conceited jerk? Did he not put the practice facility near your mansion to better accomodate you? Would you have felt better if he hugged you every day and got all tatted up with "I care about LeBron" on his 'ceps? Or "Dan loves LeBron."



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 3:43 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Let's see, Gilbert simply paid him what the going rate was, went out and tried to get a supporting cast based upon what was left over ? But he didn't care about LeBron ? LeBron, ntfu up for a change and carry the burden of failing to deliver a championship.

And what made me laugh even harder, he admits to hating Cleveland as a kid, even to this day ? GTFU, it's LeBron's career and legacy, he's a professional athlete, Brett Favre might be milking his fame & career, but at least he went back and keeps coming back. That says something when a 41 year old man has more going for him than this coward. I almost wish that LeBron would just retire, the NBA would be better off for it.

He thinks he's returning to Cleveland someday ? Michael Vick has a better chance of being a starter for the Falcons in his lifetime ? If LeBron even has only 1 ring after all is said and done, Cleveland fans will never forget. LeBron will get booed in Cleveland, not because the Heat are in town as being the opponent, but he'll get booed because of the way this went down. I can't imagine what a foul shot will be like for him in the arena, he may be the only guy in Cleveland to ever get a standing ovation of boos ?


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