Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  36 responses

LeBron James Shut Off His Phone for the NBA Playoffs

Much as he did during last year’s run to the championship, LeBron James has shut himself off from much of the world outside the Miami Heat’s locker room. No phone and no Twitter for LBJ during the postseason. Per Fox Sports: “Sideline reporter Craig Sager interviewed James for NBA TV following Tuesday’s Game 2 against Milwaukee. He asked James about cutting off communication during the playoffs. ‘I can use yours?’ James asked Sager, who said he could borrow his phone. ‘So there it is, I’ll use yours. … I’m back before cell phones were invented.’ It’s the second straight year James has turned off his phone during the playoffs. It worked last season, as James won his first NBA title. James also vows to do like he did last year and give up Twitter. The last tweet he sent out was last Saturday, the day before Miami’s playoff opener, when he wrote, ‘Zero Dark Thirty-6 Activated! I’m gone.’ [...] ‘Just read a little more than I did during the regular season,’ James, who had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists Tuesday in Miami’s 98-86 win, said about going into his playoff mode. ‘Not much sports talk radio. I watch the playoffs. I watch cartoons with my kids. I watch movies with the family but not much of what sports (broadcasters) are talking about.’ When James’ phone was shut off during the playoffs last spring, Keith Dambrot, once James’ coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, did have a method to get in touch with him to offer advice. Dambrot, now coach at the University of Akron, would send a text to Mike Mancias, James’ trainer, or to Randy Mims, his personal assistant. It was then shown to James, who requested any response to be sent.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    So im assuming stern just emails him instead.

  • Sizzle

    I wonder who is in his top 5 most contacted numbers?
    1. Savannah
    2. Dwade
    3. Dan Gilbert (for prank calls)
    5. Next best available free agent

  • spit hot fiyah

    1. rogaine research center

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    so this becomes his ritual. nicely done.

  • bike

    In addition, James also stops using toilet paper during the playoffs. “It makes me mean” he claims.

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    Repeat ! 14 more wins..

  • shockexchange

    LeBron can’t read “The Rules” and talk on the phone at the same ____ time. Let that man live please.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hes def focused

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    along with reading books

  • LakeShow

    Atta boy.

  • Ashlynn Terry

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  • Dagger

    I hope you get paid to write these comments.

  • shockexchange

    Et tu Dagger? Et tu?

  • Garcia

    Doubtful. I mean, who reads as many books as LBJ claims to and still butchers grammar THAT bad? “We played good”, “I can use yours?”, “I axe’d him earlier”, etc., etc. Never heard someone who read books still speak like a 6th grade little ghetto boy. I’m not saying he should use words that are out of his reach, but that is BASIC grammar. There is no way I would have cameras in front of me and speak to as many people as he does and still sound so bad. You?

  • Dagger

    And you’ve literally written that exact response to me before. You’re the most repetitive poster that I’ve ever seen.

  • ATL dynamite

    Now that’s mean.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha, i gotta agree with you.

  • bringbackthesonics

    “my brōthėrs friend who’s a single mum madė $8417 ŵōrkińg sixtėėn hōurs a ŵėėk in their apartmėńt” – your brothers friend sounds like a hooker

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  • pposse

    well to be fair last yr he was only reading 6th grade reading material. He read the Hunger Games trilogy.

  • shockexchange

    Et tu Dagger? Et tu?

  • dannyb

    So THAT’S why he hasn’t returned my calls.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    True. LeBron has the entire volume set of Little Black Mambo.

  • Max

    And ‘The Lebron Rules’ ofcourse..

  • http://www.facebook.com/bcbrookins Brittany Brookins

    That comment seems a little uncalled for there are some four year college grads and commentators who cant speak for shit while on camera. Just because you read does mean you are a vocab master. You try being asked questions after goin through a game playing as hard as these guys play lol of course you will have to wait until the bucks are eliminated for him to play hard though….

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • Lorne

    At least he’s not as bad as DRose. I cringe when I hear him speak. Nice kid, but terribly inarticulate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    He’s trying to do what Michael did to about 15 superstar players in his era: deprive them of a title.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Saying “axed” instead of asked, has nothing to do with grammar, first of all.
    Secondly, improper sentence construction is not necessarily corrected by reading. While you may understand sentence construction better after reading, often you will speak in the same language patterns of those around you. For example, I’ve been reading on a college level since elementary school, but I still regularly speak what is called “improper English” because that’s how people I’m cool with speak.
    Thirdly, your use of the phrase “little ghetto boy” is derogatory, borderline racist and says more about you than LeBron. In addition, you criticized his spoken grammar with a run-on sentence.
    Good day

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    d rose is pretty bad :/

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    is that really 6th grade material? lol

  • pposse


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahaha, wow, i actually laughed

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