Eight years into a Hall of Fame career, LeBron James says that winning that elusive NBA title has become something of an obsession for him.
So, you can understand that after the Dallas Mavericks shocked the world and won the championship over LBJ’s Miami Heat this past June, LeBron was more than a little bummed out.
LeBron James tells Hoopshype that days following the crushing defeat were the absolute worst of his life:
How did the media coverage that you got this season, which was pretty negative, affect the performance of the team? LJ: “For the most part we accomplished a lot of things that we wanted to accomplish. We didn’t accomplish our ultimate goal and that is to win the NBA championship, but for a team to come together for the first year, and get through what we got, and to do some of the things what we did with all the scrutiny and media coverage that we had throughout the season, I think it was a successful season.”
How was the week following the defeat at the Finals? LJ: “It was the worst week I ever had. I hate losing.” What did you do? LJ: “I did nothing. Nothing at all.”
This is not an uncommon thing for NBA superstars — Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and a host of other legends have expressed similar thoughts following defeats in the postseason. It’s one of the reasons these guys break down in tears after finally winning a ring.
One other interesting tidbit from the Q&A, is that LeBron James feels that his unpopular move to Miami last summer took him out of the MVP race before the season had even begun.