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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: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:31 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

You're right LeBron! You do see the light of people when they are faced with adversity. I mean look at what you did! You couldn't win one in Cleveland so you took the easy road out! That's something to be proud of...when faced with adversity give up and find an easier road. You should be real proud, and trust me, we dont want you back in Cleveland!



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:29 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

The kid's got a lot of growing up to do and no one has said no to him since he was about 10 y. o., I'm guessing, so who knows when or if he ever will grow up? By the same token, who cares? Hugely famous musicians, actors, athletes and such are really modern day circus freaks. It's amazing that any of them are even slightly human (not many are).



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:00 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

if he was from Miami and played for the heat and left in the same fashion your post would be decidedly different. Not to mention anyone who refers to himself in the third person that much doesnt live in this world anyway. Miami will rue this signing for a long time



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:57 pm
 

What?

Lebron James already has memoirs?



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:55 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

  1. Truth must really hurt. I am from Connecticut but growing up have always hated the New York Giants is that wrong or am I wrong for loving the Cowboys? I love the Yankees and hate the Mets. He is being honest about when he was growing up and you neanderthals can't figure it out when you are a kid you can switch teams every yr. if you wanted to. I get it and when you play professionallly for a team that is your team until you leave or are traded. Then you are a fan of the team you play for it doesn't mean the team you grew up liking is any less your team but if you don't like the last team you played for when you were younger why should you have to lie about it just to make a few Idiots happy. Do your thing Lebron the hell with what people think. Do for you and yours it the American way.




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:51 pm
 

LeLoser Hates Cleveland..............

The more and more all of this media exposure unravels the life of LeLoser James, the more it sounds like he is in serious need of some psychological counseling.  This guy should be in therapy five days a week!  He can't be alone.  He has to have people tell him how happy he is.  He surrounds himself with yes men.  Worst of all, his goal is to recreate his high school years?  Ugghhh!  High school is the last segment of my life that I, and many other people, would ever want to create.  How sick is that???

Dan Gilbert had a right to be mad.  It wasn't about LeLoser leaving the team.  It was about how he did it.  He could have given Gilbert a heads up that he was going, so Gilbert could have pursued other options.  But instead, LeLoser held out until the Cavs had no chance to replace him with a quality player thru free agency or trade.  By the time the Decision was over, the NBA cupboard was bare, so to speak.  Instead, of doing the decent thing, LeLoser left the franchise, his fans and his teammates in shambles, all so he could prolong the suspense to further build his brand.  What a nice guy!  

So, LeLoser's problem with vaniety and self importance has set him up for a Karmic smack down the likes of which have not been seen by professional sports.  It would not surprise me if he had a career ending injury, or a Tiger Woods like media disaster, complete with losing Nike and what fans he has left.  By that I mean all of the fair weather fans that are now are wearing recently purchased Heat apparel.  Just watch those fair weather fans turn on the Sad Triad once the Heat starts losing, and it becomes aparent that there is no chemistry and not enough supporting talent to sustain a championship run.  That will be the day that Dan Gilbert and Cleveland fans will be able to feel like there is some justice in the universe.




Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:50 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

To those who say that people should just move on... most fans (most, not all) would get over it pretty quickly. But LeBron keeps fueling the fire. He keeps stoking the ashes so the fire never dies down.

He HAS to be the center of attention. He still refers to himself in the third person, distancing himself from taking responsibility for ill-advised decisions. He is always looking for someone to blame. His Twitter post proves that in spades. He wants the attention, the accolades but he won't take the criticism that comes with being "great."

Great in my book is defined not only by spectacular feats on the basketball court but as a human being. Someone needs to tell him to stop the bleeding and just keep quiet until it's time to play ball.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:26 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I love that this clueless buffoon still isn't smart enough to admit that he should never have made his "decision" on a national TV disgracefest.

The irony in the whole thing, he talks about the character of people being revealed when times are tough. Someone should get this clown a tape of the Cavs/Celtics series and sit with "LeBron" and watch games 5 and 6...

QUITTER... And a clueless buffoon to boot. If he couldn't play sports, this monkey would barely be qualified to cook me a hamburger.. I hope he blows out his knee like Jay Williams did... I really do.




Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:23 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Sometime you just have to SHUT UP about a situation and let things play out! The only person that wins in a WAR of WORDS is the MEDIA! Go play ball and win, because if you lose the MEDIA will bash you and your decision! Oh yeah, its WADE'S TEAM not your!!!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:14 pm
 

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

If you beleive what you wrote, you are as dumb as Lebron.


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