Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 4:28 pm  |  41 responses

LeBron James: ‘I’m Not Supposed to Be Here’

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

When the Miami Heat win, as they miraculously did in Game 6 of the Finals, LeBron James usually gets—and deserves—a lot of the credit. When the Heat lose, as they have three times in the Finals, James usually gets—but doesn’t always deserve—a lot of the blame.

“It is what it is,” James says. “That’s OK.”

While addressing the media on Wednesday afternoon before practice, an always self-aware James spoke about the outsized expectations placed on him and the outspoken critics who sic him at every turn.

“[The criticism] won’t stop me from loving the game, playing at a high level, doing it for my teammates, putting that uniform on,” says James.

After starting Game 6 off somewhat shakily, James gathered himself and finished with an unimaginable 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Still, while he knows that statistics and wins are the only salve that will stave off the media, the 28-year-old has a broader view of his current situation that’s based on other stats.

“I’m blessed, man,” says James. “I don’t even know how I got here.  I wasn’t supposed to be in the NBA, if you go by statistics and things of me growing up where I grew up.

“Every time I go into my locker room and see the JAMES on the back of an NBA jersey, I’m like, Wow. No criticism can deter me from playing this game because of that. I’m not supposed to be here. The fact that I’m doing what I’m doing and doing it for my teammates, it’s all that matters.”

Game 7 is set to tip at 9:10 p.m., on Thursday night, at AmericanAirlines Arena. James, like many other players in the Finals, limped out of the Arena after Game 6. And just like the other players, plus some hefty expectations, James says he’ll be ready to go for the series’ deciding game.

“Nobody’s body is feeling great at this point from both teams,” says James. “But for me it’s all about—it’s more mind over matter, man. I’m hurting. But it doesn’t matter. It’s the last game of the season, so it’s whatever.”

James shouldn’t even be here, so what’s playing through a little pain, soreness and fatigue?

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  • The Philosopher

    It is okay to be… THE KING.
    The plate is set.
    He wins this ring, he is arguably top 10 all – time.

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  • OfftheWall87

    Needs more than 2 to be in that group. 3 or 4 along with more regular season and Finals MVPs will do it.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    tzvi and mutoni = The Paragraphers

  • bike

    Not sure what he means by ‘I am not supposed to be here’. LeBron would have been the # 1 pick as a junior in HS…

    He will win this for the Heat tomorrow night.

    LeBron has the potential to be the G.O.A.T.

  • Ricky

    Lebron is gonna go down as one of the greats. Easily, people just get caught up in the hype to hate on him for no reason, after Lebron retires their going to feel pretty stupid looking at his total resume.

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  • danpowers

    by statistics it was more probable that he as a black male kid would have ended up in jail or cemetery by now than ending up in the nba. thats what he meant. i assume that he was more referring to social justice and inequality than to athletic abilities. in this world it is more about who your parents are and as who you are born than what you are capable of doing. self made millionaires and social mobility are exceptions and by far not the rule. the illution of the possibility among other things just help to keep the masses calm. looks like he wanted to express thoughts like this.

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

    Say…when did he get that “Chosen One” tattoo?
    Life is a humbling experience though. A little more post game talk about “team” vs “me” could make it a tad more believable.

  • OfftheWall87

    If Kobe, with 2 championships as the best player on his team and 3 as a sidekick and only 1 regular season MVP, can be considered top 5, LeBron can easily be considered top 10 if he gets more championships and continues with the regular season awards.

  • OfftheWall87

    Life has already humbled him enough if you know his story. Teenagers nickname themselves all the time. That nickname was given to him. Find me quotes where he’s volunteered to talk about himself during postgame press conferences and wasn’t asked about himself by reporters.

  • pposse

    after the 2011 finals. Told the media that its just a loss and thats it and at the end of the day the media has to go back to their ordinary lives while he goes back to his life. Pretty much taking a dump on anyone that questioned him and telling them that his life is better than theirs in a subliminal way. It was funny to me, but it did come across a “my life is better than yours” kind of way.

  • danpowers

    i leave it up to others to explain to you why this video game logic doesnt really make much sense.

  • Saleem Rainman

    He texted a basketball player saying “Hi, this is the King James” or something like that, then proceeded to try to recruit him to the team.

  • Lexluther757

    I thought he meant “wasn’t supposed to be here” as in ‘wasn’t supposed to be in Game 7′. With the season on the line, he had a turnover and threw up an airball and two bricks that happened to bounce right to his teammates. Ray Allen and Chris Bosh performed heroically in saving the “King’s” a$$. Jordan comparisons can die forever now

  • OfftheWall87

    Video game logic?

  • rande3p

    Oh man you just hit the nail on the head!

  • OfftheWall87

    No. After being asked about the people who wanted to see them lose and may have been happy about them losing, he answered by saying that he didn’t care about what other people thought of his team losing because his career has no real effect on the lives of the people who couldn’t wait to see that team lose. Did those people not still have to live their own lives? Did he not continue to live his life with his family the way he said he would? How people took it as him saying he was better than people is hilarious to me. He could have worded it a better way but that’s what he was saying. He was not saying that he’s rich and they’re not so his life is better than theirs. If he wanted to, he could have told everyone to F off. Basically the same thing. He just tried to make it sound as classy as possible while being angry after losing that series.

  • OfftheWall87

    2 years ago…since then he’s talked about his maturation and we’ve seen how different he is now compared to two years ago. Haven’t heard him refer to himself that way since 2011.

  • OfftheWall87

    Usually, when someone says something doesn’t make sense, they explain why it doesn’t. They don’t leave it to others to do that.

  • Max

    That headline had me thinking about something way else.

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    You win the Internet today for that comment

  • OfftheWall87

    It came across to those who weren’t ready to criticize whatever he said as “No one’s problems will go away because we lost a basketball series.”

  • OfftheWall87

    These kinds of comments would mean something if LeBron actually had to be Jordan or was trying to be.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Wilt only has two I believe and he is in the top 10

  • OfftheWall87

    Jerry West is the logo and he has 1. Lost 8 times in the Finals.

  • danpowers

    please excuse me, i’m very lazy today.

  • Tripledribble

    That he was quoting Jay? So maybe he gets effed up in Paris after tonight

  • Max

    Haha no, I tought he he didn’t know how the hell they won game 6.

  • Tripledribble

    Take your pick… Game Six takes on another connotation now

  • Dfrance

    Everyone in your top ten has more than 2 chips with multiple Finals and regular season MVPs? Or is it only LeBron that has to meet these requirements?

  • OfftheWall87

    I don’t have a top 10. Can’t really have one if you didn’t watch Wilt, Russell, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson play. People who did and create these lists always include guys with multiple championships and/or MVPs. My point is in order to be put in that general discussion that people have, most guys have to have multiple rings and/or MVPs. A top 10 guy in my opinion should have a list of accomplishments that fall in line with Magic, Bird, Jordan, Wilt, Kareem, Russell, Duncan, Kobe, etc. 3 or more championships and 4 or more MVPs will put James in that category with those guys.

  • bill

    He got AFTER Paul Pierce got his.

    (Waiting for the Paul Pierce flame on)

  • sadcat7

    He was groomed for the NBA since middle school. That is a ridiculous statement.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Right so Lebron will be fine.

  • OfftheWall87

    Especially after last night. Yeah, he’ll be good.

  • Mike

    Uh lebron does have 4 MVPs

  • OfftheWall87

    Uh when did I say he didn’t? Did you see the “or more” part?