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LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 9:27 pm
LeBron James reportedly refers to himself as "King James" when he text messages his fellow NBA players. Posted by Ben Golliver. lebron-james

Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James said this week that he's used to having his every move and word scrutinized. Whenever he sends a somewhat meaningful tweet, as he did before Game 5, he answers question after question about it.

Here's a new level of access to his personal life.

The Washington Post reports that an NBA player claims James refers to himself as "King James" when he sends text messages.
For example, a player recently told me LeBron had contacted him about possibly joining forces in the offseason, though he was cryptic about where he actually might play. The text began: “Yo, this is King James.”

“I was like, ‘Give me a break. You’re going to call yourself that?’" the player said, on condition that his name not be used.

“Do you think Michael Jordan texts people by starting with, ‘Yo, this is His Airness.’ Come on, get over yourself.”

This report makes it sound like James inhabits a Neverland Ranch bubble, where his persona is the entire universe. 

The player makes an interesting contrast between James and Jordan. James had national success at a much younger age than Jordan, and the system that surrounds young high school stars was much more sophisticated (not to mention loaded with cash) when he came up through the ranks than it was when Jordan burst onto the scene in the early 1980s.

As extraordinary as Jordan was as a high school senior and as a freshman at UNC, he wasn't driving a Hummer, getting thousands of dollars of free throwback jerseys and having his high school games televised on ESPN. 

Throughout his career, Jordan could be "His Airness," but he also maintained a more personable "M.J." identity too. The guy who liked to play cards with his buddies, party late and gamble on golf. He was possibly the most famous person in the world, but fans could conceive of him as a human with "regular guy" interests.

No such luck with James. He's in his own planet, much closer to Michael Jackson -- the grown up child star -- than Jordan. The bad news for James? He's missing out on the rest of the world. The good news? He gets to be the King of his castle.


Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 6:44 pm

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

What a joke of a point. This message is pathetic, the guy is just being human. Yet you find a reason to blow this up, the author should get over himself.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2011 6:37 pm

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

He is to narcissitic to point fun at himself.  He is caught up in his own hype.  How does a player go from being the face of the league and admired by over 50% of the fans to being held in disain by >than 80%.  Most polls have 70-85% of people rooting for him never to win an NBA Championship.  Wow...even Allen Iverson and Reggie Miller probably never hit that high on the disdain list

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 6:15 pm

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

Its a nickname. i woudl wonder if it was said in a joking manner... probably not. If not then its really lame every0one in the world knows who u are and as a grown man I will not clal you King James until u get ya own country or at least a state of your own. LOL

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:54 am

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

so where is your proof? that's right you have none, only rumors. so stop trying to defend some loser that couldnt win a championship, and had to run and play next to other top stars. and the reason Jordan has a higher level of competitiveness is because he backs it up. do you actually think that lebum will have the intelligence to go into management once he retires? please, i'll win the lottery before lebum does something intelligent. Jordan, Magic and Bird are all laughing at this loser that couldnt do it like they did.

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:44 am

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

cause he's the one who came up with it, that's what makes it pathetic. and no, others don't call him that...only he calls himself that. self confidence issue is apparent, as well as extremely mentally weak. so he comes up with some ridiculous nick that he hopes will compensate for his weak mental state.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 8:09 am

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

I was told by elders that "respect is earned,not given" so I feel the same way about nicknames too. It's okay to have self proclaimed nicknames,but you had better live up to that nickname or else you will catch a lot of "flack" about it. As for LBJ some feel that he's allowed his "King James" nickname to blow him and his ego up to the fullest!

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 2:54 am

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

Not surprising, he has "chosen one" tattooed on his back. His twitter account is "KingJames". It's all possible that this guy's doing crack these days. He did admit to doing pot in highschool. If he doesn't win a championship a few years from now, he'll probably commit suicide.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:05 pm

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

When is LeBron gonna learn that he is a prince in waiting and will always be one until he proves himself. He has done nothing to be worthy of a prince, let alone the King. Until King Kobe is no longer around LeBron will always be a prince.

So by self promotion does not make him a king.

Good luck prince in waiting, the Mavs will further damage your claim to the king crown as they win the NBA championship on your home court this year.

A king is a leader and come through in the clutch making sure his side always have an opportunity to win. This prince in waiting have none of those traits.


Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:50 pm

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

What a douche!!! 

cHeat = Flopping pansies!!

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:55 am

LeBron calls himself 'King James' in texts?

Lebron lost His "King" Moniker when he left his own court to play on someone elses court. When you are a King you are the top dog, and he isn't even the top dog on the team he plays for. The way he's been playing he should be known as the court Jester, or Queen James. The only people calling him King James still are himself And the media that licks the sweat from his sack.

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