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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: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:16 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Sorry to stereotype but as an older guy it's just the way I feel when I look at LeBron.  Showing folks how to dress for succes? LOL!! He looks like cartoon character to me. Not someone I'd look at and say there's a serious young business man showing off his hundred tats while pointing at his bicep with a big goofy grin on his face. Of course I'm sure they said you'e LeBron so you pull anything. Weeeeeak!

I'm glad people are seeing LeBron for the smug guy he really is. The whole NBA darling for years seemed so scripted like everything else about Lebron. While he may be fun as a teammate he's an annoying Tiger-like control freak with a huge ego and doesn't seem to be able to handle any criticism well. 

Nothing said about him is criminal. Hopefully he can get rid of the bad advice and be a better guy by the time his career is up. That's all we want from the top players and not to be jerks.   



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:10 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

This is why the NBA sucks so bad. Why did people give him so much credit in the first place? The Cavs sucked, he is a good basketball player but come on this guy is classless. I just don't understand why everyone made such a big deal about him? 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.

Only Lebron loves Lebron, this guy is an example of why the NBA is less popular than NASCAR. Everyone hates him, yet he by far gets the most attention media-wise. So if your biggest product is hated by most fans, LOL, well let's just say it isn't a good thing! I think the future of the NBA rests with Kevin Durant, so far he is a stand up guy, let's just hope in a few years he doesn't turn into an early Kobe or Lebron guy and acts more like Jordan in his prime. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:17 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

"On how growing up helped him learn about facing adversity and staying humble"

I stopped reading after that section.  A "very-low maintenence guy" wouldn't own a house the size of his in Ohio.  A "humble" guy wouldn't be too proud to shake hands with the team that beat him in the playoffs.  I understand he had a difficult upbringing, but come on...seriously?  You're humble?

I don't dislike the Heat, but I hope they don't win a championship with LeBron James on their team even though I respect what he does on the court.



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:15 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I love it Lebron! You just got to sit back and laugh at this fool since he really has no clue that he's making himself sound like the biggest moron on the planet.
“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.’"

Are you kidding me here! This is the guy who went on ESPN to announce his decision!

O n 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 growing up. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day."

What the hell are you talking about? Now you hate Cleveland and always did as a kid! PLEASE... your a**clown!  

On 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.”
 

I love this comment! This is coming from a guy who just left the Cleveland fans and Gilberts hung out to dry! Please Lebron think before you speak since everything that just came out of your mouth is total Bullcrap!



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:00 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Tribe, I agree with your comments fully.  The attention brought on to LeBron is in large measure the attention he desires.  And the media relishes every opportunity to magnify his ego even more so. 

I do think LeBron is an ego maniac.  I do think he has a learning disorder.  I do think he is the recipient of horrible advice.  I do believe his advisors care more about themselves than they do about LeBron.  I don't think LeBron is the "next" anything ... he's just LeBron.  I don't believe he is capable of understanding how others feel nor does he caring about how others feel. 

At times I admire his game; I have never admired the man.

My only point on the media circus is they love to stir the pot and I just wish, for the purity of the sport (any sport), we could just see players for their on-field accomplishments and not get drawn so much into the drama of off-field activities - even if that's the intent of the players themselves.  Just because 4 year-olds throw tantrums doesn't mean we should become absorbed in them.



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:50 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

FYI: When you start referring to yourself in the third person, you can no longer use the word "humble" to describe yourself. 

"I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron
."-Lebron James




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:48 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

“That’s what keeps me humble.......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.’"


LOL. THIS GUY REALLY IS A PIECE OF WROK ISNT HE?



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:46 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

LeBron will never be able to stroke his ego about winning if he ever does cause he needed Wade and Bosh to help him. He should never again be thought of as the king, more like the "President"! He is just another egotistical clown who I am rooting against and every game he loses, I will smile. You are no  MJ and you never will be....




Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:42 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

People need to really get over the Lebron thing.  For all the hoopla people fail to remember that Lebron is still young, and in a strange wat still trying to find himself.  This guy has never really had the opportunity to fail like most of us have.  He was anointed the "one" even in high school, with 90 million dollar contract from Nike waiting on him as soon as he graduated.  Ok, yeah he has a big ego, but you must admit that if you were his age and had accomplished all the things that has, it would be pretty hard not too have a larger than normal ego.  Especially when you see posters plastered all over downtown Cleveland calling you the greatest thing since sliced bread.

In the end, we have to realize that a 25 year old kid (who never had a normal childhood like the working class people reading this article) decided to stand up and do what made him happy...even though he knew that half the world, including his peers would hate him for doing it.  I have to take my hat off to him for having the balls to do it.  Half the men that read this article can't even stand up to their wives or/and baby-mamas.  Here is a guy who stood up to the entire world.

May have been a bad decision, but think back to how many bad decisions you have made in your life...mine too.  We say we wouldn't do what he did, but I'm sure that there are things in our own closets that if revealed, other would harshly criticize us for it...especially if we were thought to be the "basketball chosen one". 




Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:39 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

It does prove that *Prince James* doesn't have any true friends, nor does he like to be alone.


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