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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  37 responses

Photo: LeBron James’ Mouthpiece Contains a Championship Message


We’re all aware of how desperately LeBron James wants to win his first NBA title. So bad, in fact, that he has it written on his mouthguard. Explains the Miami Herald and Fox Sports: “LeBron is showing off his ‘XVI’ mouthpice. XVI = 16 = the number of wins it takes to be NBA champions. [...] ‘You pay attention,’ James said to a reporter. ‘It’s just inspirational. I know this is the biggest part of the season, the second part of the season, so it’s just an inspiration for me.’ [...] ‘I didn’t even know,’ Chris Bosh said after he was told. ‘I was wondering what that means. That is the biggest number in the world. Not too many of us have gotten 16 wins in a playoffs. It’s going to be the hardest thing to ever do. I think it’s great symbolism.’”

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  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Could be the age his hairline started to disappear! Let’s not assume people!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    His head looks really funny in this picture. Almost videogame-like where you can have a bigger head (think SSX, NBA JAM). The lower part of his head looks alot smaller than the upper part of his(starting from the nose).

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    freak picture. specially with that light beam coming out from his 5 head

  • Myung

    I think Joe Johnson and Josh Smith need to wear mouthpieces with VII on them. That’s how many more wins we need to make it to the ECF. I’m not delusional enough to think we can beat Miami, but we CAN beat Boston and a Rose-less Bulls team if we play solid team ball. We haven’t made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Ever (not as an Atlanta Hawks non-St. Louis franchise). So it would be a big accomplishment. So let’s get those 7 more wins… before we get scorched by the Heat.

  • ALD

    @myung i can see the hawks beating the heat in the ECF is josh smith and joe johnson attack the rim more…….. And if Lebron chokes again

  • Fat Lever

    Pranksta Grillz

  • Myung

    I can’t.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If the Heat don’t win a chip this year, they never will.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    …and even if they do win it this year, it will have an asterisk by it. Shout out to Phil Jackson for that.

  • MG33

    I would buy one…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If the Knicks win, by some miracle, would there be an asterick?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    *asterisk

  • AQWORD

    what kind of risk ? All up on my asterix naka !!

  • 23

    Btw anyone catch Reggie millers rant on LeBron? About seeking advice from former players. Reggie kept saying, there supposed to go to LeBron. Ummmm why would mj or hakeem or magic go to LeBron?? Its not like LeBron was going to active players for advice. And who is Reggie to tell anyone what to do to win a championship!????? Btw I’m the rare dude who actually enjoys Reggie as a commentator!

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    the hawks aren’t beating the heat lmao

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I thought the message was going to be “do not attempt to swallow this”. You know, to keep him from choking on it.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    If a full strength Hawks team couldn’t beat the Heat without LeBron and Wade they can’t beat them now. And yes I’m taking into consideration that they don’t have Horford. Even with him they have no shot.

  • Marcos

    … for a while there I just thought he had just chewed too many oreos before the game.

  • Techie

    Knicks are eliminated this weekend.

  • Kid Swoosh

    @23 I think Reggie was trying to say that instead of Lebron seeking advice from others that instead current players should be seeking Lebron for advice. Pretty much telling him not to downplay his greatness and instead of looking at magic/isaiah/hakeem as elite, that he needs to put himself in that company……i felt he criticized him due to the comparison that jordan/kobe wouldnt look to others for advice, but different methods work for different athletes….cant criticize Bron for seeking knowledge nd trying to improve his championship mentality, especially after last year’s meltdown

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    23, I don’t enjoy reggie as a commentator at all. I would way rather listen to mike fratello for tnt games

  • lakernation

    I thought his teeth had rotted out overnight like a meth addict….. but cool that he has an inspiration. After seeing the knicks garbage azz and Drose get hurt, I think the Heat will make it to the finals only to lose to the lakers or spurs.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’m surprised it doesn’t say “Chosen One” on it. smh

  • Dub

    @ Brad Long, looool!

  • robb

    wow, the dude’s ugly

  • bike

    It is greek for ‘Eat Me’.

  • 23

    but who is to say that these legendary players never asked anyone for help? i swear nobody will be satisfied until lebron talks to no one and figures everything out on his own without wade scoring a single 4th quarter point. then maybe people will be happy. oh wait nevermind, his shoes are gonna have a gold swoosh signifying a trophy. smh people will hate this dude forever.

  • Michelle

    Message says: dont choke

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    that is a freaky ass picture

  • Jerome

    Nice of him not to inform his teammates about his “inspirational” mouthpiece. Just another indicator of how selfish LeBron is IMO.

  • house

    I bet he chokes on it…..(too easy?)

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Allenp did Wade tear his ACL, and Bosh come down with the Flu yet?

  • the h

    most if not all lebron haters are gay if you go on a website just to hate on someone there is something in you that is just not right or like i said maybe just gay if lebron saves a kid from a burning building you gay people will still be on his dick talking about what did wrong man lebron let the fire start so what he save the kid just like all the gay people dont like being called gay that what you are happy but lets be real lebron is the best player in the game me or any people that dont like kobe melo kd drose or any player dont go on websites jst to hate if you dont like him y read about him i dont like kobe but i dont go on the net just to hate and if you not from cleveland you realy need to stop im from cleveland and i dont hate so go find something to do bind over

  • oj

    Punctuation. Learn it. ^

  • madagain

    This article would make sense if LeBron could see the “xvi” on his mouth- guard. Guess what, he can’t see it so how can it be inspirational? Just another example of LeBron’s inability to make good decisions!

  • DJGS

    All these h8rs… Whose talking now? ….LETS GO HEAT!

    MVP..MVP…MVP

  • grizzy

    MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONS
    …… LEBRON JAMES FINALS MVP…. choke on that for awhile haters

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