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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: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:18 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Read almost any comment not written by you.  From fans of all different teams and it becomes obvious that if you can't tell who the stupid person in the room is it must be you.  It's like the guy who commented that cheering for winning teams didn't make him bad.  NO just like the guy stated it makes him a bandwagon fan who obviously doesn't have an attachment to a team just like the guy stated.



Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Lebron Should Shut Up and Count the Millions

Every time Lebron James is opening his mouth the more it is obvious that he is trying to justify his decision in a manner contrary to a simple statement that he wanted to play with 2 of the other top five players in the NBA and start winning championships as it is all about the rings. Instead, Lebron continues to take shots at his owner who did more for his team every season and provided the opportunity by creating cap space to bring in quality players.  Regardless of those decisions the team was just not made to make it thru the NBA playoffs in a seven game series.  But instead of accepting failure on his part and the team's fault, now lebron is casting a long shadow on the owner stating that Mr. Snyder did not care about the Cavaliers.  The Cavaliers and Lebron James were treated with love from a recession impacted area in Ohio where all that families got in joy after losing their jobs and lifestyle was their hope in their team to win. For Lebron James to say that Mr. Snyder never did care about the Cavaliers is showing a lack of class where it is quite obvious that Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron had talked well in advance of the end of the 2009-10 season about the possibility of playing together in Miami.

For all of the people that continue to hear that the 3 of them chose to go play at South Beach do not know that the Miami Arena is located in a downtrodden area in Miami which was built with a hope of rebuilding the area as a catalyst project.  There is not a player that would walk thru those neighborhoods at night as there would be no more gold neckclaces, bye-bye to the 5 carat diamond earrings and those Rolexes would be history.  South Beach was a redevelopment project that started in the 1980s with an art deco theme with new shops with an architectural theme where the beaches are full of topless models and the muscle bound guys flex for the show.  Those wwomen in thongs rollerblading with their tight buns and world famous people from all genres living on Fischer Island where all the beautiful people now hang out during the winter.

Lebron needs to get a new agent who can put a muzzle on him and his posse that does him more harm than help.  So Lebron, shut up as we all get it and it is not about the owner.  It is unfathomable to me that Lebron does not have have a publicist to keep him under control and at the same time we do not want to hear from Lebron talking about himself in the 3rd person.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:00 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Wow!!! 

Maybe the guys who have been doing a horrible job of managing him should stop sleeping on the job.  This guy can't keep his foot out of his mouth.  I pray to god that some of his quotes are a defence mechanism to the backlash he deserves and not what it looks like at first blush, that this guy is delusional.  He seems to be a caricature of the pampered spoiled athlete who is so insulated by people that tell him what he wants to hear or what's best for them that the "REAL" world exists only in his dreams.  *JUST A NOTE IF CRAZY THINGS KEEP COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH IT MIGHT BE WISE TO DROP THE THIRD PERSON THING*

It's funny how going into this process he talked about his legacy, his brand and such.  The decisions he has made and continues to make keeps moving him further and further away from his goals.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next couple of years but it might go down as the most benign cause of the downfall of a personality.

I WROTE THIS COMMENT BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEST THING FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY (I'm not sure how!  Much like I'm not sure how taking a Rabbi to a business meeting does anything but make you seem a tad strange)



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 7:46 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

LeBron James lives his life devoid of reality.
He could have gone LEGEND if he had stayed in Cleveland.
Jordan, Magic, Bird, & Barkley .... nobody took his back.
Barkley even called him a "punk" and told him "he knows where to find me".
See LeBron now wants to justify his departure by continuing to take shots at Cleveland... fine... go ahead. You already ripped our hearts out on national tv. While not pile on.
Trust me, anything short of a full blown apology, LeBron James will never play another game in a Cavs uniform no matter what.
HOW CAN HE BE SO STUPID ?
I really thought the guy got it.
I think he must be making these decisions on his own as no adviser in the world with a shred of knowledge would have him make these calls.
I do NOT wish this man ill will.
I believe in Karma.
It's not that he left Cleveland, it's the way that he left.
He's knew all to well about the "The's" in Cleveland.
The Drive
TheFumble
The Shot
He named it "The Decision" to get his way into Cleveland lore.
Like I've said.
Wait till the players collective bargaining agreement with the players expires next year and the owners get to throw in the players faces that James and Bosh walked away on MAX money to play together.
"obviously we are paying you way too much if they were willing to let millions on the table".
The players are going to be SMOKING HOT at the 3 stooges.
What would you say to an owner group?
What could you say?
This move just cost the players ANY leverage they had with the owners to get more money and public perception now is
the owners are right... the players are overpaid after this stunt.
Just remember LeBron James ... we in Cleveland NEEDED you.... Miami will just use you.
It's a shame you probably either don't get it or don't care.
Your just a kid from Akron who couldn't make it in the BIG CITY... so you ran away and blame the city.
Barkley hit the nail on the head.
PUNK.
Keep taking shots, your only digging your hole deeper.
Now go put on your wedding dress for the season opener Mrs. Wade.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 7:22 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Mrnoluv,

Thank you now I understand.

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.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:48 pm
 

Oi, vey.

I'm exhausted from this guy.  I wish I could muster up any enthusiasm for continuing the endless LeBronze saga, but he just won't shut up long enough for me to recover!  There is still ample energy among other posters, though, to feed the five or six page hysteria prompted by ANY news about him,  but you are all better and stronger and more relentless than I.  Maybe I'm just a quitter, but I really don't consider it giving up if you quit running a marathon once you realize you're running through knee-high feces!

But I've come to my own conclusion.  LeBronze isn't going to shut up.  He isn't going to go away.  He is too busy crafting his next image, in much the same way Hulk Hogan crafted his good guy-bad guy-now good guy again melodrama. 

Maybe we could all agree just to stop being fascinated by him.  He isn't interesting anymore.  Why are we wasting the time and effort to dissect him?  He wants us to be fascinated.  The media wants us to be fascinated.  Ladies and gentlemen, he is NOT larger than life.  He is a human who does spectacularly stupid things in the glare of a media light, and we won't just walk away. 

We were taught by our parents not to stare at a developmentally disabled kid or at an old man in a wheelchair.  Can't we take some of that upbringing and just stop looking?

I'm going to try!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:39 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

What I mean by that statement you quoted  is that I never thought he was top 15 all time and now many ex-Lebron fans who made that statement  that he was top 15 player all time, are now quickly changing their views. Now they are saying he quit on his team, he's never going to be "the man" ...and have re-evaluated him to a lower position. 

In my opinion the guy was over-hyped and overrated. I really wish he didn't get all this attention, I believe Kevin Durant should be getting more. 



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:31 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I thought I saw Kevin Durant shooting baskets at Cedar Point, but figuring that there was more rim clanging than a steel mill and he gave up half-way through, I figured it was some other guy ...



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:29 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Ummm, you did read about the twitter post he made saying hes keeping track of all the people trash talking him, right ?
I'd assume if hes willing to make that statement to the world.  He probably cares a little bit what people say about him? 



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:17 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

It is so amazing to me how many people take every chance they get to "put down" LeBron James. As if he cares. As if he will be any less successful or happy. Get over yourselves. This is the reason people shouldn't idolize athletes completely. How about this groundbreaking idea: Like athletes because they are good at sports. Amazing, isn't it!? People take a few simple actions as changing teams as if LeBron's skills have actually gone down.

Just look at this comment by Mrnoluv:

Six months ago people on this board were actually arguing he was already a top 15 player all time, LOL! How dumb do they look now, LOL.Besides the idiotic LOL's, this comment doesn't really make sense. Can you explain to me, Mrnoluv, why they look dumb? How much basketball has LeBron played over the past month for an NBA team? None? Thought so. Not one peice of evidence that makes the people who praise LeBron's skills look wrong. But just because he is arrogant and big-headed, he automatically sucks, right? Wrong again. There are so many examples of ignorance on these boards it's sickening. Of course LeBron isn't Top 10 All-Time yet. Of course his actions over the past month are stupid and bad for his PR. But like I said, this is why people shouldn't love athletes too much.



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