As the NBA’s biggest star, absolutely everything LeBron James does is put under an enormous microscope.
Even the silly stuff: last season, his miraculously-rejuvenated hair made headlines; this time around, LBJ’s short-shorts (and tighter overall uniform) have raised eyebrows.
James takes his role model status quite seriously, and that extends to his appearance and off the court.
Per the NEOMG:
The four-time MVP has done some self-reflecting in recent years. He’s observed the changes in the NBA, which led to questioning himself: Am I doing all that I can? Am I truly leaving my imprint on not only the game, but also the league? […] “I’m always thinking about ways I can be of help,” James said. “That’s what it’s about, making sure you’re doing your part.”
This season he trimmed his uniform shorts by a couple inches, and had his jersey made snugger than in years past. He had expressed to those close to him he wants to leave the baggy look behind and place a renewed emphasis on professional appearance when it comes to the size of his uniform as well as his pregame and postgame attire. […] When he arrives for work at The Q, he typically wears a sportcoat. It’s his way of reaffirming that it’s a business atmosphere. Professionalism and conduct were a main focus of the Cavaliers’ pre-regular-season team meeting in late October.
Growing up in Akron, he has seen the effects of poverty and a lack of education. He’s witnessed how senseless murders affect families for generations and he’s seen the effects of people who could have had an influence doing nothing to put a stop to it. […] “I have a calling, man,” James said. “Everything I do is for the people I love. I was just brought up that way.”