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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: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:18 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Man, how many people are not fans of their home team? The answer is many!  Just because he was a Bulls and Yankee fan does not mean crap, remember that Cleveland sucks and a young kid usually does not like a loser. He also did not grow up with his dad so he did not have the influence of liking the home team like most of us did.
Also you as a Boston fan are not looking at this from an unbias perspective, I am sure you have no problem with your "big three" and had the Celtics landed James, Bosh and Wade I am sure you would have had no problem with it.  We all look at situations from our own point of view.  
With that said Lebron has really put his foot in his mouth and handled everything pretty lousy.  He should get pro's to handle his PR and having a bunch of "yes men" around him all the time telling him what he wants to hear because they depend on him for their income is a horrible idea.  His other comment about going back to play for the Cavs one day should not sit well with the Heat, it shows he may not be committed past this contract. 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:28 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

LeBron need to add someone that will tell him when he is not doing the correct thing and “And just say “NO”.

As with most instant celebrities they fail to have such a person on  their staff.

The people that do surround them keep telling them how great they are, how well they look and that they are doing the right thing even when they are not.

If they can not find such a person among the ones they grew up with then perhaps they should hire a firm that take care of their image as well as go over their speeches before they make them public.

I personally don’t know LeBron, however, he has to immediately start damage control, so as to have others outside of South Beach and those in Las Vegas and other places that only want to relieve him of some of his money can again partially like him.

He has always been a prince in my eyesight as Kobe is the King. When you win a NBA championship or two then you might have the right to call yourself a King. He forfeited that right by signing with Miami as Wade is and always will be the King there in Miami. Once again he is reduced to a prince.

 There are some things that he did and said that I was not pleased with. He is a young man that have to learn a few lessons about human nature and their reaction to what he might say or do in certain situations. Over time he might learn these traits and become media savvy. Once he learn these things about the media he might not make the headlines and quoted as often as he is.   


Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:14 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Good for you Lebron, you cleared up the air. We understand and are sympathetic to your decision (yawn).

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:02 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Did I just read this in an article about LeBron James?

"On how growing up helped him learn about facing adversity and staying humble ..."
Riding that wave, I think mr. JR Mortimer should follow up with an interview of Tonya Harding about how her childhood helped her deal responsibly with anger management!

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:50 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

hahaha Latrell Sprewell? I don't think so. I see your point though.   Maybe they hung out in NYC sometime last year.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:48 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

I have tried for years to like watching and even root for Lebron. But like someone said earlier, "I THROW UP IN MY MOUTH A LITTLE EVERYTIME HE SPEAKS." I used to really like the Heat, but i dont know if i can root for them because of the SELF PROCLAIMED KING, THIRD PERSON SPEAKER WITH THE MONSTROUS HEAD. I wish he would of went to the LAKERS so i could group all of the ego maniacs on one team. Did Queen James play with Latrell or something?   They act just alike.

Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:28 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Lebron talks in 3rd person and refers to himself as HUMBLE.  LMAO

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:27 pm

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'


Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:59 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

your a heat fan calculus no offense but your not really looking at the situation with an unbias perspective

and besides this is more than just his choice the fact that he trys to call himself humble when he is more full of himself then jordan and the fact that he goes out and states that he always hated cleveland considering his bulls yakees fandom its clear hes a bandwagon fan and just like his bandwagon fandom he showed no loyalty to cleveland either he made the choice because he hated cleveland but he also didnt have the mental fortitude to carry a team all by himself

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:42 am

LeBron speaks and a look into 'The Decision'

Funny about the humbleness comment in the article.

Laughted at the "threw up in my mouth" comment

It is funny to me that people are constantly staying that others "Need to be bold". "Man up",  and "Just do it" ... and yet when someone is bold and people don't like it they just tear him to shreds. 

People got what they always want...drama. 

I am tired of all the whiners who don't like Lebron because he made a bold move and it was not in their favor. 

Get over it.

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