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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 30, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:59 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

The other day a friend told me something someone else told him that was incredible:
"You know...when you become rich you are going to be a very dangerous man.  Because when you are rich...there is going to be no one there to tell you "No".
All the whining about how he 'can't do it himself' is getting stale.  The guy made the right decision.  The Celtics got the Big Three.  The Kobe couldn't do it himself and he still can't.  He had to get a team of All-stars (Bynum, Odom, Gasol, Artest) to win and he was STILL given ref help this year.  Now everyone says that LeBron can't do it.
I agree...that Lebron is as arrogant as they come but he's a product of people not telling him "No".  He's a product of everyone putting his decisions on a pedestal and calling him "King" and hoping they can get some of the crumbs off of his table.  So when he talks like an egomaniac and does things like "The Decision" on ESPN, it is no wonder that he thinks nothing is wrong about it.
Just so you know, I hate Dwayne Wade with a passion.  But its not that he chose Miami...though all the crybabies that lost out will continue to be bitter and make that excuse.  It's not that he chose to stick it out in Cleveland while the Lakers and Celtics continue to get better and dominate the league when healthy, while the rest of the teams take a backseat and play as farm teams.  
Its that people are so full of themselves that they think, just like Dan Gilbert, that Lebron owes them something, because he has the most talent of any basketball player EVER in the world.  The reality though, is that he doesn't owe anyone jack and he has the right to chose where he wants to work and if you think that he does owe you, you need to step away from the TV and step away from the internet and step away from sports.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:52 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

He has no grounding in reality.  He honestly thinks that he is being persecuted for his choice, not for the egomaniacal way that he chose to deliver it.  Sure the city should have been preparing for him to leave and all, but he has no clue whatsover what he has cost the city of Cleveland by leaving.  He is living in a dream world where people are picking on him for no reason instead of feeling used and abused by the way he led them on before the "decision."

Having played basketball and other sports all my life, I would love to be in Lebron's very expensive shoes.  I would love to have to carry the burden of a city that hasn't won a championship during my lifetime or the 20 years before I was born.  And if I failed, I would be adored in CLE for spending my career trying to beat the evil "curse."  He could have made more money in CLE, could have told management who to sign and they would have, but instead he needed to run for the nearest championship chance instead.  I think he will win one or two with the big three, but I hope that one day he will not be happy being Wade's second fiddle and that he moves on somewhere eles to earn one of his own.  Either way, he has killed his possible legacy of being the best player of all time in the NBA.  




Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:26 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

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.’"

Next month in GQ. Tiger Woods speaks on how growing up helped him learn about being a faithful husband.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:26 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

While I agree that our society builds up heroes and knocks them back down, I don't buy the over-analyzed and misunderstood statement.  Not one bit.  This is LeBron's burden to carry.   
He invited us into his world by holding the strangest charitable event/self-serving, ego stroking press conference in recent memory.  LeBron's been conducting interviews for newspapers, TV, and magazines since the NBA season ended.   He's been texting, tweeting, twittering, and twacking off all summer.  All for us to see.  All for us to judge.  
There are plenty of star athletes that stay out of the limelight.  We don't see Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning until the NFL preseason starts.  New York Yankees' Derek Jeter is one of the most recognizable baseball players in the game and his personal life is barely a blip on the radar screen.  LeBron is in this position because he wants to be in this position.  

I don't know LeBron James personally, so I can only form an opinion based on the information that is provided to me.  I know he's not a superhero.  I know he shouldn't be expected to be perfect.  I know he's probably not an idiot.  For some reason though, he has a desire to want to show the world that he has the idiotic strength of ten idiots.  I'm not judging, I'm just calling it like I see it.  
 



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:17 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Basketball....CBS at 11pm and Christmas Day, who really cares?



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 12:38 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

That's why he had an hour show on prime time television to announce to the whole world that he was going to the Heat, because he is so humble and very low maintenance.  Are you fcking kidding me!  This guys ego is about as big as the list of white woman Jordan screwed since he was drafted to the NBA.  Don't you love these guys that get paid zillions of dollars to show up a 1/4 of the time then what real working class people do, but still can't shut the F-up so no one will realize just how stupid they really are?  It really makes you appreciate the other athletes that just do their job, take there money, and go about their day without trying to get attention or commenting on something they know nothing about. 

I grew up with one big time MLB player and a few average MLB players, so I have seen what money and fame can do to these people, but I have also seen some of those same guys not change anything but their address after getting millions to play the game they love.  I've been with friends that were NFL pros and watched them get treated better than the president by people who wouldn't give them the time of day even they were their kids teachers or doctors.  I have watched people push down complete strangers, even their own kids in the street just to try and get a picture or closer look of a very famous actress I have the pleasure to be friends with because she married my asshole friend. 

We live in a pussified country full of tattooed followers that worship these overpaid athletic egomaniacs and make douchebag wannabe celebrities think their someone just because their on TV.  Shit, we can't even type certain words on this site, because were afraid it might offend someone or a kid who everyday is cussing up a storm on his schoolyard playground might read it.   There are millions of people out there that teach kids how to read and write, building houses and buildings for people to live in work in, making automobiles, trains, boats, and planes for people to travel across the world in, but non of those people are making anywhere near what someone like Lebron James is making.  In fact there isn't a highschool teacher out there making the close to the amount of money the lowest NBA player makes.  This is the world we live in, now go to sleep, because you have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn, drive an hour in traffic to go work your ass off for 10 hours and only get paid for 8, all so you can be in debt for the rest of your life.



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2010 12:32 am
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I still respect him.. he wants to win and hes dan good. he doesnt have to be michael jorda or a team leader/superstar.  I f her wants to win and hes itching and killing to win then he will find a way to win and going to the heat is his way!



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:58 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Funny thing is everyone tihnks that we are all slamming Lebron for making a decision. These people need to realize that when you lie directly to the faces that supported you and gave you your paycheck and fame. that they will call you out on every lie, and question everything you are about.

Cleveland is upset for this reason:

1. Lebron calls himself "humble" but has a "Chosen One Tattoo" on his arm.

2. Lebron says he hates Cleveland even though it was Cleveland that, being a loyal fan base, gave him his paycheck, and then go on public television to publically humiliate the fans and the orginization is classless

3. Lebron controlled the team and management. Anything he wanted, he got. When Lebron was upset, he chose to sabatage to team by lack of play in the playoffs. Which was obvious to everyone watching the game

4. This guy truely thinks that he is the best there ever is and ever was, that is going to sit unwell with everyone that has loved basketball for the sport and the history of the sport. Lebron spits on the historic players that have made this sport so fun to watch.

Lebron hates Cleveland for this reason:

1. He wants to win, and always has wanted to win

2. How can people not understand that he loves the game and playhing with his friends makes it that much more enjoyable for him. Cleveland should be happy for him

3. He has given many years to Cleveland, and now he is ready to try another team. you dont think he wants to live somewhere warm year round. C'Mon, everyone has that dream

4. He has given moeny to Charities in Cleveland and the state of Ohio. Cleveland should be more grateful

Is there anything I forgot?

Everyone should learn something from this. what we as fans need to understand is that this is a SPORT. This is nothing that is going to really HURT anybody. Be happy for him. What Lebron needs to understand is that MANY people look up to him and he has an obligation, as everybody in showbiz does, to handle his fanbase with TLC.


I hope this post gets to Lebron and all the fans of Cleveland and the NBA.

Lets move on and let this blow over and lets all grow up and look at what is really important. Lebron is happy. take it easy on him. He is still just a kid. And with everyone acting so childish about this, what kind of example are you setting for him. PERIOD!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:52 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Be strong Calculus. Don't be tired.  Man up Calculus.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:42 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Maybe he should change his name to Charlie Brown, so he can sing that song... "Why`s everybody always pickin on me?"


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