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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: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:22 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I wish I was a journalist.  This dope is gold.  He opens his mouth and something stupid always comes out.  

Why would a man who has invested hundreds of millions of dollars not care?  He cared more than Lebron did or any other player on that team because he HAD HIS MONEY INVESTED IN THE TEAM.  
I have no issue with Lebron leaving.  It was his prerogative to leave and he played out his deal as agreed.  But he needs to just shut up before he ends up like Starbury.  The guy is a top 10 all time talent with a less than 10 cent head.  
A great comparison I heard on the radio today for Lebron.  He is a lot like Kanye West.  A genius at his chosen craft and completely clueless at dealing with people.  

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:08 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

he's probably no different than your father, or you or your just put him on a ridiculous pedestal,,,,hes a basketball player fool....just a basketball player

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:06 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I had to say something in LeBron's favor after reading 10 str8 hater posts.  Who cares about what LeBron says really???  Only Cleveland fans I suspect.  I am from California and from what I have seen, LeBron has been the only High School star to be televised nationally for his talent alone in High School!!!  I remember it well, I bought some $25 tickets right behind the bench when he played at Pauley Pavillion (UCLA for those unfamiliar) and sold them the next day for $500.  How money is that??? 

People need to relax on all of the hatred for LeBron and know that he has made nothing but a smart decision.  He realized that he could not win a championship in Cleveland, so he went somewhere where he inevitably can.   Would the haters be saying the same about Dwayne Wade if he had gone to the Cavs & joined LeBron??  Give LeBron his props for making yet another smart decision.  I don't know how he chose his high school, but do know that his high school team was #1 in the Nation for at least 2 years.  I first watched this kid at CAL (UC Berkeley for those that don't know) when he was a freshman in high school and the whole court was 5 deep surrounded in the Rec center... 

Please recognize his talent and superstardom.  If he wants to refer to himself in the 3rd person, who are you to give a rats ass.  Let him continue to be what he already is in a lot of peoples eyes, the best player of this generation.  I will not go so far to say he is better than Jordan or even Kobe (Championships do not compare yet).  But, all of the crap he is receiving for simply making a smart decision for himself and his chances to win an NBA title is ridiculous!  Let him live and be the champ we all expect.  It is coming.  King James is not an understatement, Prince James is...

I remember buying Nike stock the day I read about the prototype "King James" shoe.  I bought the stock at $44 and sold it for $64 a couple of months later when Nike did in fact sign LeBron.  How money is that???  The best investment in the stock market I have ever made, all thanks to LeBron James! 

Get off his ass already and recognize that he took less money to go to Miami to increase his chances of winning an NBA championship! 

Anyone want to bet against LeBron winning multiple championships in Miami???  Put your money where you mouth is then... Enuf said.  Peace

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:47 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Sure, James is an arrogant ass, but who caused him to become one? All of his life, he has probably been hearing how great he is from his classmates, teachers, coaches, and fans, not to include the writers. James has great ability, but is not a fraction of the player that the great ones were. To name a few, Jordan, Bird, Magic. James may have more talent, may have, but he has nowhere the heart nor the ability to win as these 3 players did. No showboating for Bird, just compete, practice , and be the best player that he could. When Magic found out that beating the Celtics was something that he could not do in his present physical state, rededicated him self to become a better player. When Jordan went so many years and had won nothing, he never complained, just got better, and won many titles later on. So James, take your ego and keep trying to win a title at any cost. If you ever win one, not a certainty, there should be an asterik, the same as Roger Maris had for many years, on the trophy, my opinion.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:07 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

"To the other poster, you really think he meant each and every one of us? No.. he means people like Joakim Noah who he's going to show whose boss on the court. He doesn't care one bit for all these haters on some message board."

Oh, now I get it.  Hes not letting people interview him, and write articles because he cares what us small masses think.  Hes doing the interviews so he can make himself look better to the other basketball players.  I understand now.  Thanks for clearing that up for me.

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:02 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Does anyone still like this guy? I mean outside of the Heat fans who is going to root for Bron Bron. I've seen this attitude for the past two seasons so "The Decision" was not a shocker. He is an extremely immature, ego-maniacal, kid running around in a supremely athletically gifted body. I'm not saying he has to be a good role model or anything; AI just wish he would shut up and get his had out of his you know what. I suppose he's taking my name now and is going to do something or another to me now. Grow up Bron Bron. Yoour mommy raised you to be a 26 year old baby.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:49 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

My mom always told me "son--when you get good at bassteball--get all dat money you can and we dont need no more section 8 rentals--buy me a palace--and den git on a goot team der in clefeland and make all kinds of money--get them to get you delonte west on dat der team and when you all go out on the road i be staying wit him.den we split for sou beach all 3 of us

My mom always told me a even in a $1,000 suit--a jackass is still jackass. 

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:37 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

That's OK PIMP - express yourself. It will keep you from having an anurism.
What now for Cleveland? LBJ was it there. I'm really sorry for what happened to you guys. It's a shame. Though I don't like Barkley all the time and think he punks things up at times...I got to agree with him here.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:28 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Top 10 reasons to show why Gilbert did care:
1- Gilbert placed his financial future on LeBron being there and you don't do that if you don't care
2- Lebron didn't say anything like this until after he had been with "others" not on the Cavs
3- He speaks in the 3rd person about himself when he's telling a fib
4- An entire franchise was waiting on his return home but he didn't do it
5- LBJ ran away from home
6- Moms didn't want to share the love with Gilbert
7- A city must not have cared either - they took a gazillion story sign down
8- Shut up and just play basketball
9- Gilbert didn't show up for the ESPN show
10- Gilbert lost the one player he most wanted to keep - only an idiot would think he didn't care

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:24 pm

Coming back to Cleveland.....

I'm sorry lebron but we dont want you back

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