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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.


Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 3:34 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

NO ONE should EVER compare Lebron James to Michael Jordan...PERIOD!!!!!!

Michael Jordan went to college and developed his game while maturing along the way. Michael Jordan was GREAT in College.

LEBRON NEVER EVEN WENT TO COLLEGE. HIS MOM DOESN"T VALUE A COLLEGE EDUCATION. LEBRON will NEVER experience things like...the Big dance...or a college championship, or the value of making your teammates better. he has never been taught how to be a leader, which is why he left and cant do it on his own. He is just a basketball player that loves to win. Some people enjoy leading their squad...Lebron doesn't care about leading...he is perfectly content just playing the game and collect a big paycheck. 

Lebron will NEVER have the legacy for these reasons:

1. He has no leadership ability
2. he never went to college and succeded there
3. and his ego has forever DAMAGED his reputation by "The Decision" (I like Lebron, but WOW, I have never seen anything so arrogant)

For everyone that follows sports....ALL of you HATING Lebron for wanting out of a shitty city...get over it...I would want out of Ohio too. Ohio has nothing on cities like LA, Miami, hell even Denver. This is his JOB! dont take it so personal that your pride and joy left your shitty state...and watching all you cleveland fans acting like this is the end of the world is PATHETIC. ALL you Ohio people are the and die by sports...hell with an education right?!?

I wonder what idiot in Cleveland thought it was a good idea to riot after the decision?

wait a minute...that was a bunch of idiots all in one least in Lebron, that is one less idiot that you all have to deal with.

You guys ALL on this board have no clue what the important things in life are and I pray for your whole state. I will pray that your kids there in Ohio dont turn out to be like the rest of you there.

I'm done, because there will be some idiot that comments on this like he is from Ohio and is really in some other part of the country...those are almost worse...because its none of their business and they want to say something just because they are so bored with their own lives! 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:08 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

If Lebron James told the world"I have decided to forgo my career in pro basketball and go fight the war in the middle east with my fellow americans"  THAT would have been a bold move..joining Bosh and Wade in Miami was an easy choice and required very little character to reach that decision

Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:29 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

What I find so hilarious is that someone who claims he "went from being a boy to a MAN" in Cleavland and who calls himself the "King" has to run to his mommy for every decision he has to make. My mommy told me to go to Miami, my mommy said to be respectful, my mommy said Gilbert is a bad man. This guy is not a man, he's a little boy; a mommy's boy.

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 11:27 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Lebron didnt say he hates Cleveland. He said he grew up like the Bulls because when he was a small boy thats how people he grew up with felt. Doesnt that make sense?

I was disappointed for the NBA that Lebron, Wade and Bosh created this competitive imbalance. It was fun watching heavyweights face off against each other over the past 20 years. Those guys took an element of that away. However, the more I read all this whining from people that call him a douche and other nasty things, the more I hope he succeeds. Its starting to be appealing to see Lebron shove his decision down all the hater's throats.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:53 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I have to say that I was always a Lebron fan. I wanted the Cavs to succeed because I wanted Lebron to succeed. I grew up in a town close enough that some friends and I got a chance to see him play in high school. He was just brilliant to watch and he reminded me so much of the Big O. I actually had a chance to meet him a couple times during his high school days and he really was one of the most down to earth guys. He always had a million fans trying to get him to sign something and he was always respectful to everyone.  As a kid Jordan was the reason I became so into basketball. In fact Jordan was the reason more than a few kids became so enveloped by this game so it isn't a stretch at all to see that Lebron would grow up a MJ fan. In the area that I lived you could get WGN(chicago TV station) and watch more Bulls games than Cavs games. In fact I don't think I ever was able to watch a Cavs game growing up but the Bulls were always on and to be able to watch Jordan play in his prime live on TV is something I'll never forget. 

That being said Lebron has worked very hard recently to change my mind. I honestly cannot believe this is the same guy that I used to watch in high school. The plain fact that he refers to himself in the third person speaks volumes as to what he has become. Jordan doesn't even do this. It's just plain tacky and your classic cliche of a spoiled athlete. Had Lebron decided to go to Chicago I think I could've stomached that and eventually embraced it and continued to follow him. It's not even the fact that he chose to play for miami it's more the way he's handled himself. I mean I'm not gonna say I'd ever be a Heat fan because thats just not possible but I would've at least continued to root for his success and followed him. Lebron has more than enough fans to be content but he has lost one in me and I have a feeling there are more than a few that feel as I do and thats a shame. I just had a baby boy within the last week and had he been born a year ago He would probably already have a Lebron Jersey. I guess thank god I didn't have to spend all that money on a jersey I would come to despise. Now I can waste my money on other things like Ocho Cinco gear.

Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:59 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

The Cavaliers & Gilbert are better off without him and vice versa. Along with the fact that neither Gilbert or LeBron have the stones to just shut up and move on.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2010 8:47 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

LeBron - Kill yourself .

Kobe the "Divine G.O.A.T" wont see you in the finals , the magics will knock you out / Second round  Laughing

If the knicks get their big three you'll see ...
how weak LeBron and his pack of idiots are (excluding Dwade).

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:51 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

On the cover of GQ, Lebron James looks like the monkey in Toy Story 3 that bangs the cymbals. 

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:34 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Anyone who speaks in the third person is just absolutely a douche bag.  There is no way around it.  

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:17 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Calculus87- I don't know of any whinners around here. In fact, the whole "lebron drama" was over till yet again he goes out and opens his mouth! I won't deny that I was upset he left but hey thats his own free will, what pisses everyone off is the the way he handles adversity. If Dan Gilbert is showing his true character right now then what the hell is Lebron doing????? He has hit adversity this off season with the way he handled his free agaency status and other circus acts that he has put on. So is this his true character??? Run around to all the media outlets, doing interviews, bashing the city and fans that kissed his ass for the last 7 years. Yea, thats great character!!! Makes me really want to say that I'd welcome him back later in his career like he talked about in that interview. NOT!!!

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