LeBron James quotes
Birthdate: 30. December 1984
LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association . Often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time, James' accomplishments are extensive and include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, three All-Star Game MVP awards, and an NBA scoring title. He is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and has amassed fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, twelve All-NBA First Team designations, and five All-Defensive First Team honors.
A prep-to-pro, James played high school basketball for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was heavily touted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. He joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick. James quickly emerged as a league star and concluded his first season by winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He would go on to establish himself as one of the premier players in the NBA with multiple accolades, including being given the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2009 and 2010. However, after falling short of the championship expectations set by the media, fans, and himself, James departed Cleveland in 2010 as a free agent to sign with the Miami Heat. This move was announced in an ESPN special titled The Decision, and is one of the most controversial free agent decisions in American sports history.
In Miami, James won his first NBA championship in 2012, and followed that with another title a year later. He was named league MVP and NBA Finals MVP in both championship years. In 2014, James opted out of his contract with Miami after four seasons to re-sign with the Cavaliers. In 2016, James led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors to end Cleveland's 52-year professional sports title drought. In 2018, he opted out of his Cleveland contract to sign with the Lakers.
Quotes LeBron James
„I'm only one guy. I took Hedo [Türkoğlu] in the first game and Rashard [Lewis] hit the winning shot. I took Rashard in the second game and Hedo hit the shot. If I could clone myself, we'd be all right. But I can't.“
Brown looking for alternatives to slow down Magic offense, Jodie Valade, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 25, 2009 http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2009/05/cavaliers_insider_brown_lookin.html,
James before Game 3 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic.
„No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.“
LeBron James Responds to Racial Vandalism: ‘Being Black in America Is Tough’, NY Times, June 1, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/sports/lebron-racist-graffiti-home.html?_r=0,
„All the people that were rooting for me to fail… at the end of the day, tomorrow they have to wake up and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. … They got the same personal problems they had today. And I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do.“
James not bothered by those rooting for him to fail, Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, June 13, 2011 http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE75C0T420110613,
James addressing fans after losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.
„Basketball isn't easy. All my life I've been striving to make myself better. It's a full time commitment. To be the best, you have to work the hardest. You have to chase what seems impossible over and over and over again, because giving up is not an option, and when you feel like you've reached your limit, it's only the beginning, that's when the time to dig deep, to find the courage to push some more, because if you've got the drive, the discipline, and the resolve to do what it takes to make yourself great, then the rewards are endless.“
„Crazy. Karma is a bitch. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!“
LeBron James sees 'karma' in Cavs rout, Steve Ginsburg, ESPN, January 12, 2011 http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/news/story?id=6014004,
James on Twitter after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 112–57 to the Los Angeles Lakers.
„This fall, and this was a very tough decision for me, but this fall I will be taking my talents to South Beach and play with the Miami Heat.“
The King of South Beach: LeBron James will Sign with Miami Heat, Tom D'Angelo, The Palm Beach Post, July 8, 2010 http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/heat/the-king-of-south-beach-lebron-james-will-791556.html,
James announcing his decision to leave the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami.
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Final 3:39 of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, NBA, YouTube, December 24, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgVOgGLtPtc,
James in his postgame interview with ABC's Doris Burke after the Cavaliers overcame a 3–1 deficit, dethroning the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
[On Stage Interview with Wade, Bosh and James – July 9, 2010, July 10, 2010, NBA.com, http://www.nba.com/heat/news/on_stage_interview_wade_bosh_james_2010_07_10.html]
James predicting a dynasty for the Heat and alluding to multiple NBA championships.
A LeBron James Team Is Never Desperate, Michael Lee, The Washington Post, May 15, 2008 http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2008/05/a_lebron_james_team_is_never_d.html,
James after Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics.
„It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. … I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.“
A Handshake Is Not Too Much to Ask, Even From a King, William C. Rhoden, The New York Times, June 1, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/sports/basketball/02rhoden.html,
James answering why he refuses to shake hand with Dwight Howard.