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Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 11:44 am  |  88 responses

Talking With LeBron James

“We came here to win and win now.”

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

You had to know this was coming, right? The biggest story in the NBA this summer was the free agency of LeBron James. Which means he gets the cover of the next issue of SLAM. (Well, one of the covers. There’s two. We’ll have both covers on the site later this week.)

To me, the most amazing thing about LeBron’s summer was after The Decision, when it seemed like open season on LeBron. The criticism came from people like Barkley, Jordan and Magic, not to mention pretty much every person using any form of social networking, criticizing Bron for his work ethic, for his decision-making process, for a perceived unwillingness to be the centerpiece of an NBA team.

Perhaps this is oversimplifying, but here’s my thought on it: LeBron has a better chance of winning a title with Miami next season than he would have with Cleveland.

If you accept that, then the criticism comes down to people being upset about the way LeBron is choosing to try and win. Forget the why’s: What if LeBron doesn’t care about that stuff? He’s now 25 years old, the two-time reigning MVP, and he’s not only playing on one of the best teams in the NBA, he’s playing for a franchise that’s shown it’s willing to spend smart money and will win titles. Perhaps he will never win a title as a sole franchise player. Maybe he will never be Michael Jordan. But being LeBron James is a pretty good place to be.

I spoke with LeBron over the phone two weeks ago. He was in Miami, working out and getting ready for this season. We talked about plenty, from last season’s Playoffs to his elbow injury, about how he knew Miami was the move for him, and — you might not believe this — we even talked about basketball, how the Heat will play this season and what their expectations are.

Here’s a few snippets of the conversation. To read the full interview, go buy SLAM 142, on newsstands everywhere in the next week or so…

SLAM: You guys haven’t even played a game and already people don’t like you.

LBJ: Well, that’s our thing now. For us, we haven’t proven anything. It doesn’t matter how many players you have, or the collective group you have until you actually go out there and play the game as a team, because this is the ultimate team sport. It doesn’t matter what you have as individuals.

SLAM: You mentioned “team sport.” A lot of former players have come out and said, I can’t believe LeBron’s teaming up with these guys, he should want to play against these guys. What’s your take on that?

Lebron James, Miami Heat. LBJ: For me, I feel like my competitive nature is still the same. No matter if I’m teaming up with D-Wade or I’m teaming up with Bosh. My competitive nature is to want to beat the opposing team or the opposing player, whoever is put in front of me. That has not changed. For me to harp on other people, how they feel about my own career, that’s not for me to worry about. I think people should just focus on what they have and go worry about that. For me, I have my goals and I’m going to continue to get better.

SLAM: I get what they’re saying, but aren’t you allowed to want to play with the most talented people you can play with?

LBJ: That was a huge reason. I had an opportunity to go against these guys for seven straight years. I’ve had great battles with D-Wade, great battles with Bosh, and great battles against the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors. The opportunity came up where I could play alongside two of the best players we have in the game today, and I took full advantage of it.

SLAM: Before we get too far into the upcoming season, what happened in the Playoffs last year? The Cavs were up 2-1 on Boston and beat them pretty good in Boston, and then they came roaring back.

LBJ: We had a good chance to win that series, and we played well in spurts, but we didn’t play as consistently as Boston did. And I think every Eastern Conference team saw that when they went against Boston, how consistent they were from game to game. Now, they may have lost one game or two games, but I think they were the most consistent team in the Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. That’s why they were able to get back to the Eastern Finals.

SLAM: And you got knocked for not playing well. Not just in that game but really in life, does it ever feel like you really just can’t make everyone happy?

LBJ: I think that’s one thing learned over the summer. I learned throughout my life, that’s one thing you can’t base your life or base your career on, trying to make everyone happy. You have to go out and do what’s best for you and your family, and at the end of the day you know that you played as hard as you can, you know that you gave blood, sweat and tears, then you can be satisfied with that.

* * * * *

SLAM: How do you think it’s going to work with you, Dwyane and Bosh on the floor together? Especially because you and Dwyane are both such perimeter players.

LBJ: I think that’s Coach Spo. Coach Spo is going to put us in position to win ballgames. We’re all ballplayers, we’re all playmakers. We know our ultimate goal is to win championships. I think from the first guy all the way to the 15th guy, if we all have the same goal, it shouldn’t be hard to go out and play the game the right way.

SLAM: How do you know it will work with you and Wade and Bosh playing together?

LBJ: For me, you don’t even think about knowing it will work. You know it’s going to work. You don’t say, I’m going to make my decision and hopefully this works out. D-Wade is a playmaker. I’ve played with D-Wade and I’ve played with Bosh for four years in the summertime. It’s not as long as an NBA season, but you see the sacrifices we was able to make in the summertime, so it wasn’t a hard choice for myself because I know how hard they play the game and I know how much they want to win.

SLAM: Is that going to be the most important part of it, sacrifice?

LBJ: Sacrifice is a part of the game. Now, if you’re talking about sacrificing a few more shots or a few plays here, that’s not a problem. The goal is to an NBA championship, and however we do that, it has to get done. That’s ultimately what we want to do. That’s also why we all came here, to win an NBA championship. It wasn’t so all of us could try to get an MVP award the same year. That’s not what it’s about.

SLAM: The season’s about to start and we’re talking about the way the team’s going to play, but do you think it’s kind of crazy that everyone else is talking about everything but the basketball part of this?

LBJ: I think at this point it’s a little bit easier to sell papers by not talking about the basketball part of it. In the summertime there’s no basketball going on, so the easiest way to get people to read what you’re writing is to write negative things.

SLAM: What will you consider a success next year?

LBJ: We’ll consider a success winning an NBA Championship next year.

SLAM: Nothing less?

LBJ: Nothing less. We came here to win and win now. This isn’t a “jell” year for us because we know we have a five-year, or six-year deal. This isn’t a “jell” year. We want to get it done now, and try to get it done every year.

* * * * *

SLAM: What’s been the best part of the summer for you?

LBJ: They best part of the summer for me has been change. It’s a new beginning, a new start. I’m excited about that. The seven years I had in Cleveland, I loved, and I love those fans and will always love those fans for giving me seven great years. I tried to repay those fans the right way by doing what I did on the court. But it’s been exciting. The change, to know I’m going into a situation I haven’t had since my rookie year, and that’s a new beginning, a fresh start. That’s exciting for me. It’s been a great summer. You’re going to have forks in the road, bumps in the road, throughout life. But if you have your goal and you know which way you’re headed, you just go for it and you don’t stop until you get it.

SLAM: The other day you tweeted a quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

LBJ: When I read that, it was unbelievable. It almost seemed it was like perfect timing. It was like exactly what I’m going through right now. You learn a lot from those who’ve paved the way for all of us.

SLAM: Do you feel a little beat up right now?

LBJ: Nooo. I feel refreshed. I’m ready.

SLAM: Not physically, I just mean from everything else.

LBJ: Well, I don’t feel beat up, not at all. I knew there was going to be some negative point to it. But at the end of the day, I think I made the right decision, and I’m happy with my decision. Just like you said, you can’t make everyone happy at the end of the day, and I knew that, I knew that from the beginning. And I understand. It’s OK.

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  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!!

  • Big Clover

    no delonte question?

  • Darius

    thats right LBJ do u

  • http://www.kaycephotography.com/ Kevin

    big interview Lang, good lil preview scoop to get us interested.. can’t wait for the season to start.

  • http://www.kylestack.com Kyle Stack

    Good interview. Can’t say I’d be surprised if he came closer than ever before to averaging a triple-double.

  • lebronking

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    big interview Lang, good lil preview scoop to get us interested.. can’t wait for the season to get started

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    “you can’t make everyone happy..”

  • LA Huey

    The Philosopher is quite the character.
    btw, Good interview, Lang.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    nice.. pretty pumped to watch the heat play this season

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    sikk.

  • Ali

    Sounds like he’s saying all the right things…patiently waiting for the season to tip off so we can see this this new look big three in the MIA. Gonna be some sad faces in MIA if they don’t win it all…

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Yeah, Boston was just too consistent.

  • http://eastofeden55@hotmail.com Waggle

    “gel” year. not jell-o

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hmmm…..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Couldn’t get face time with Bron, Lang….it was a phoner? That’s a bit strange….was there a photo shoot or is there going to be stock images used? These are the hard-hitting questions I need answered!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Waggle: “Gel” is for hair. “Jell” is for teams.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Eboy: Couldn’t do it in person because it all came together really quickly. Which was fine with me. Cover photo isn’t from a SLAM shoot, but it is an exclusive image.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Thanks, Lang. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be waiting impatiently by the mailbox every evening when I’m through working. Can’t wait.

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  • Overtime

    I’m not a particular fan of his, but I respect that the decision he made was the one for him, and his to make. Also, there’s no questioning his work ethic. You dont get that good without hard work.

    Also, on the subject of the covers, I really hope one is James, one is Wade, and the Slamadamonth is Bosh’s face when he found out

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Myles Brown

    Great questions Lang. I wouldve asked who gets to sleep in the top bunk though….

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Hmm. Honestly, Lebron looks surreal in that Heat jersey.

  • T-Money

    I like the fact that he’s unapologetic about his move. At the end of the day, he did what he wanted to do and didn’t let pundits dictate how his career should play out or what model he should follow. Miami is being portrayed as the easy way out but I’m not sure it was. He turned his back on Cleveland, gave up cash, accepted to share the spotlight and sacrificed numbers. All to give him the best chance to win. That’s not an easy decision to make.

  • Chi-Town Stand Up

    Although I’m not the biggest Lebron fan, I remember last year around all-star break where a commentator asked him what his ideal stat line would be and he said 22 10 and 10! I think he’ll have a very good shot at those averages this year if Pat Riley lets him be the full time PG! D-Wade can play some point as well, but Lebron is a naturally unselfish player, which is why for him he had no problem teaming with wade and Bosh in Miami! All Riley has to do is show Lebron some old footage of Magic Johnson and tell him thats what his goal should be this year! To become the best PG in the league at 6’8! Who would be able to match up with a 6’8 PG?

  • The Philosopher

    @Chi-Town…
    Preach.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tri4HZnPD0Q Witness

    Click my name. You’ll like it.

  • T-Money

    I was really surprised to hear Riley say on LeBatard’s show that, not only will we see a lot of Wade-Bron-Miller together on the perimeter, but it actually might be the starting unit at some point during the season. Time to show and prove for Mario or else they’ll package him with other guys for a center at the deadline. A point guard is not a necessity on this team.

  • T-Money

    Allenp: Kobe who was himself the anti-AI (clean cut, well spoken, “respected” the game)…

  • T-Money

    wrong window.

  • Jake

    I will happily call myself a hater and say that if they don’t win a championship this year I’ll wear my shoes out from dancing circles around my room.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, I remember watching Bron’s high school games on tv and thinking whoever gets this kid (well, we’re the same age so it was more like “dude”, not “kid”…anyways) needs to play him at the Point. I always thought he was more of “the next Magic” anyways. If Spro and Riley decide on a line-up of 1. LeBron, 2. Wade and 3. Miller, that would be SICK. I’n in NO way a Miami Heat fan, I hated them since the days of ‘Zo, Timmy and ‘em, but you’d have to be stupid to not believe they’ll be the most exciting team next year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy
  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Something tells me that “The Decision” will be the most regrettable thing in his professional life. And that this Miami adventure might not have a happy ending. Just a feeling I’m having. Btw, he looks not surreal but amazingly average in that Heat jersey. Jamaal Mashburn average. No hating on Jamaal but we’re taking about Lebron here. New slogan for Nike;
    “The Emperor without his Clothes”
    Send payment to the Rabobank accnt# 753896

  • Vince R

    Labron IS and WAS entitled to go where he wanted.
    He did it by the rules……
    What Labron has not and I suspect will never say is why, IN MAY 2010 after the Cav’s were eliminated, WHY…. did he not tell ownership who had paid him Millions over 7 years……
    WHY…. did he not tell the Cleveland Fans who were obligated to re-up NOT KNOWING……
    WHY…. did he STAGE A CIRCUS EVENT doing little more that a perceived HYPE…although he missed by a long shot on this one.

    I suspect he’ll win if all stay healthy
    I suspect he’ll Make untold millions
    ……….what he won’t gain IS RESPECT
    After playing days are long past…..I believe he’ll
    understand how misguided his actions in 2010 were.
    ……..DO I BELIEVE he’ll admit same…probably not.

  • CoachK

    Bron definitely did the right thing. No one can say he is taking the easy way out. Jordan can criticize, but he played with Pippen and Rodman/Grant. Pippen is top 50 all time, and Rodman/Grant are comparable to Bosh. Not all that different.

    Basketball ultimately is a team sport and i applaud Lebron for being unselfish in this sense. If some of these stars are so hell bent on individual accolades or competing against another star, go play tennis or go box!

  • PapaBearATL

    This kid has been set up for HATE from day one! You call a KID, King James before he ever set foot on a NBA court, immediately compare him to MJ based on his athletic ability alone, tell him how great he is, so he promises Cleveland a ‘chip. He doesn’t have the talent around him and doesn’t produce and heads for ‘greener pastures’. Did everyone forget when Kobe was demanding to be traded? Leading a TEAM and having four other dudes on the court are not the same. Kobe needed, Magic and MJ had help. Look at Laker/Celtic dynasties and tell me they weren’t stacked? He was a ‘FREEE’ agent, his choice, his decision. I’m not even a fan, I just hate how short term the memories of all these bball minds are when it comes to the person ‘THEY’ put on the pedestal and are disappointed when it turns out he’s human like the rest of us and only desires to be succesful at his craft.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    @PapabearATL: I don’t think anyone is begrudging him his motives, people dislike the manner in which he did it. He silently dissed Cleveland, just straight-up left without even telling the owner his intentions, and had an hour-long special on it all…people didn’t like that. The fact that he went to Miami? Whatever, it’s his choice.

  • kobe24

    are there outstanding players like dwyane wade, kobe, lebron, Melo, in the NFL ?

  • PapaBearATL

    @Moose: The media built this ‘larger than the NBA’ aura around him, maybe he’s become a bit of megalomaniac, he was put in a position to feel he could do no wrong. An hour long TV program to dump on his home team seemed like a great ‘idea’ to him and I guess giving the proceeds to charity was supposed to soften the blow. Barkley and Magic specifically called him out on teaming with other stars, though.

  • http://dfjklf.com Jukai

    Nothing would make me happier than seeing a Lebron-Wade-Miller-Bosh-Big Z lineup when the season starts. Scariest starting lineup hands down. Floor is spread, it can go fast (as long as Z trains in outletting), lots of ball movement, and a damn matchup nightmare.
    Chalmers is for the breaks, House is for three-point shooting at the end. Arroyo has no real value to the team.
    Damn, let this season start

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    Id love to see bron avg a tripdub. Its very possible.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I want to see LeBron average 15 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds. Emphasis on the 15 points/14 dimes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    One note to all of this. Public Knowledge the year magic came into the NBA. He would have turned down the league had the Lakers not won the coinflip for the 1st pick. He only wanted to play for a team that would give him the opportunity to compete for a championship. (The Lakers had Kareem, the Bulls as the time, nobody). He is even quoted as saying “If it wasn’t for Kareem and the Lakers, I would not have come out (speaking of michigan state) Not anything unlike LeBron’s decision, substitute the draft for free agency

  • @jcheat305

    He’s gonna make all the haters swallow their words this year!!! Can’t wait!!!

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Jukai: Arroyo can still be a spark off the bench and break down the unsuspecting defenses. That looks like a great line-up.

  • http://Slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great stuff, Lang. I’m psyched to show new covers and get new issue out there. It’s been a long summer…

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    Great interview, Lang. I’m not rooting for the Heat, but they’ll be fun to watch.

  • http://www.solecollector.com NDP

    Dutch Rich — The execution of it, yes. The team will play excellently on-court though. And who knows, Erick Dampier will be waived at some point and would be a decent and very realistic mid-season signing as well to help out the frontline as they go into the playoffs.

    While his all-time scoring rank will surely take a hit, I think it’s more important to Bron that he finishes his career with 3-5 rings and averages a triple-double for at least two seasons. When he’s 40, THAT will be success to him. There’s no underestimating how important averaging a triple-double is to him.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Don’t care that he chose Miami I just care about the way in which he did it. I think a majority of everyone probably feels the same. Don’t think it would have been as bad if he had just signed a contract without “The Decision”. He’d probably still have 50% of his fans if he did it that way. But talking in 3rd person and “The Decision” were a sour move.

  • http://dsfjkldf.com Jukai

    Teddy: Arroyo’s value is being a more legit point. Not needed.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    “he’s playing for a franchise that’s shown it’ss willing to spend smart money and will win titles”… can anyone really have said that for the past 4 years, even when they had D-League players in the team? Who remembers the 2008 season?

  • KB

    LBJ made a decision; it was his to make. Cleveland fans blew this out of proportion; if he was staying he would have said it from the beginning. The fact that he took soo long was a sign that he wasn’t staying!!! HELLO!! He probably left because he knew the owners true colors; as he made it known as soon as LBJ made his decision to leave. On MJ, no body wants to say it; but we see just how selfish he was from the pitiful HOF Speech…no class at all!!! Its all about him…..LBJ doesn’t have an ego the size of MJ’s. MJ is greatest, but I think he was out of line with comments, the game is so different from his prime days. Back then, players let teams decide wehre they were going, LBJ took charge of his destiny…I applaude him for that. Quit let these owners and those who don’t know about playing b-ball make all the decision and we will have a more exciting NBA!!

  • http://Slamonline.com Pippen Ain’t Easy

    well, let’s see the king prove himself to be a “i can shoot the ball less often” kind of a guy

  • ab40

    Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers. Can they win a chip? Yes is it gonna be hard.. very.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    gel – jell ha. Can’t wait for this issue.

  • smooth

    thats not Lebron

  • mytiman

    it’s a male on male on male orgy in miami heat

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    amazing how many of you b**ches now love him again because of a few correctly answered questions…you change your minds depending on what everyone else says, grow a pair for the sake of basketball if nothing else.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auvql0Q_700 Tariq

    I think you can go with either gel OR jell as a verb. Just remember, the next time you have to decide between “gel” or “jell,” whatever you decide is fine. Just don’t hold a one-hour special on tv to declare that you’re going with “gel.” The other 59:13 minutes will be difficult to fill.

  • http://twitter.com/max_in_missouri Max in Missouri

    Hey LeBron, what ever happened to signing a shorter contract to “maintain flexibility”? Can’t help but notice you signed a longer contract off the bat than you EVER signed in Cleveland. Your waffling on your commitment to your “hometown team” is why Gilbert couldn’t recruit any decent FAs. You’re all flash and all about yourself. You deserve every bit of criticism you have gotten and then some…luckily for you, most of the media is in full on kiss-@ss mode around you. Have fun being 2nd fiddle to Wade.

  • MooButter

    If you love Cleveland fans so much, stop spitting in their faces. Lebron just tweeted the other day from the Reskins Cowboys game that all of the maroon and gold was making him sick. Have a little respect for the fans that supported you and defended you for 7 years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jealous lovers…..I know for a fact that SLAMOnline never has had this many female readers in it’s 10 year life. It’s nice that the female demographic is shifting thanks to ladies like MooButter, Maxine in Missouri, Saviour and numerous others. Thanks girls, for bringing a much needed dose of estrogen to the site!!!

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    I’m with Eboy. Very happy that the female level has increased. T*ts or gtfo!

  • chrisneww

    LeBron’s heat is giving me a hot flash.. Love Love Love this guy!!!

  • http://Shoamarion@yahoo.com Mari

    Play hard work hard just win your first ring

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    “The seven years I had in Cleveland, I loved, and I love those fans and will always love those fans for giving me seven great years. I tried to repay those fans the right way by doing what I did on the court” IF he had said that the day after ‘the Desision’ he would still be the golden boy of the NBA. I dont doubt the sincerity of his words but i do blame him for not saying it sooner. He said it tho. I didnt like him before, dont like him now. But people that did like him would probably have felt less sh!tty if he had just spoke his mind instead of being such a tool.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Since i go to a magnet school, i get to take all sorts of crazy electives. We were looking at quotes and i think this one really applies to the situation: “In a society that has abolished all adventure, the only adventure left is to abolish that society” Lebron wasnt going to win in Cleveland the way that team was constructed. I blame Danny Ferry and Mike Brown (or the lack of Mike Brown being anything more than a suit that sits on the bench) for that. I think Lebron made the wrong choice to go play in the capitol of Wade County, Miami but i cant blame him for wanting to win. I do think he basically expelled himself from the ‘greatest of all time’ conversation by leaving a position of leadership to be in a position that isnt second banana but isnt the definitive leader either. When Lebron said he was glad the pressure is finally all off him it did disappoint me because i never expected to hear that from somebody like him. Im over the hate stage that did consume me for a little bit. Justin Bieber makes his money singing to little white girls, Lebron wins his rings by teaming up with a top 3 shooting guard and a top 10 power forward. While i dont like it, i cant really hate them for it either. They got power i just have to accept that. Even if i cant accept it, it doesnt change the fact that it happened and it wont end until the new “Big 3″ decides it is time for it to end. The revolution will be televised…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    BET
    Go do your homework nerd.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Its my senior year, im not doing sh!t outside a classroom setting.

  • Sam

    You really needed to ask about “The Decision” that is the real issue. He can play wherever he wants but that show was a disaster. A real reporter asks the important questions and doesnt openly side with the person that they interview. Too much of a fan to do your job properly.

  • http://Google Ben McLemore

    I am a Cavaliers fan who will not forgive labron. And i hope the heat have a losing season.

  • No Name

    Lebron Lebron. I wish I knew you when you were humble. All I know about you is what I read from the new Miami Heat fans all from Florida and they are still not making me want to buy your jersey for myself or for gifts for friends and family. Sorry Lebron you will not be first sport billionaire, thank yourself for that.

  • Ninja Matul

    oh come on…the interview seems like it tries to muddle the issue here…it’s not WHAT he did, it’s HOW he did it! that’s what people have a problem with! yes, you are allowed to want to play with the most talented people available, but not being a pompous narcissistic d-bag in making it happen and in telling everybody about it, after hanging a whole city that loves you on a string all the while.

    It’s not the decision that people have a problem about, it’s ‘The Decision’. you know?

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Co-sign BET. My feelings exactly.

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    Great Interview Lang! I cant wait to see the next issue!!

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Difference between last seasons LeBron and this up and coming season. A majority of fans even if LBJ wasn’t their favourite player were wanting the LeBron and the Cav’s to win. Now a majority of people excluding people in Miami and Akron now want to see him lose.

  • LA Huey

    I’m glad he’s become so polarizing. It’s way more fun to root for him when he’s being perceived as the bad guy.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I agree Huey, which probably expains why I still remain on Team Iverson.

  • Javy

    C’mon Slam, ask him real questions like: “why did you quit on that game against the Celtics where you just stood around. I think you moved your legs two times and then you bit your nails and then you posed for a photograph while your team was being violated in front of national TV?”….would you like to elaborate on that!!!

  • Elvis Freshly

    Seriously guys… Celtics >>>

  • http://nbaforum.net Holy Karron

    Da King has a chip on his mind

  • http://www.manutd.com t-money

    Serious question: were people really hot and bothered by the TV show? i get it for cleveland fans but the rest? i mean it was really whack and contrived but are we really still talking about this? either you’re with the move or you’re against the move, i get that. but the tv show? gimme a break, that’s old news.

  • http://tengu23@hotmail.com tato

    Whe drops the slam 142 (lebron-amaré), two covers?…i maybe wrong…

  • http://breadcity.org Jake

    I have always despised Lebron and his country-ass coming into msg and throwing chalk into the air. He just doesn’t get it.

    Nobody cares about where he plays. He just ran his mouth too damn long for fans of the game to stand. And yet he STILL keeps doing press-conferences, interviews, etc, and jabbering on about how great he is, lying / equivocating (“we were so consistent!”) about his failures to win post-high school.

    Lebron is King Doofus.

  • Maurice Galit

    The King is Here, start to show excitement in Basketball again…..Lebron has a rare talent, Cleveland should not be upset of Lebron’s decision its his choice after all… Its the same as Lebron buying a car the “White Chevrolet Camaro SS” [ http://celebritycarshomes.com/721/lebron-james-white-chevrolet-camaro-ss/ ] we cant forced him to buy one because its his choice… Show your Talent Lebron ^^

  • http://atlantafalconsplayers.blog.com/ Ofdso

    Kobe Bryant has a few things to say about adidas…

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