How LeBron James Broke the Golden Rule of Sports

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Sports


Published on June 14, 2011 with 4 Comments

No, you weren’t the only one who raised two brows at this exchange between LeBron and a reporter following the NBA Finals.

Question: Does it bother you that so many people are happy to see you fail?

LeBron James: Absolutely not. Because at the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.

What exactly is wrong with that statement? Why do people drop their jaws at such stark honesty? Is it because, as Jay notes in the video above, we pay these artists millions to help us forget our problems? Is it because we want to pretend as if sports is everything? Clearly, we’re so used to seeing canned responses that the spectacle of truth is too strange to behold.

And how exactly is James a failure? Is Nash a failure? Is Iverson a failure? How about Barkley, Baylor, Stockton, Malone, Ewing? If LeBron is a failure, then those guys are definitely failures, and two-time champ D. J. Mbenga is one of the greatest to ever play the game.

[Jay Smooth]



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  1. What exactly is wrong with that statement?  It was childish, lame and salty sore loser talk. Take you lost like a man and admit your mistakes in the game. Getting annoyed and emotional by some anonymous people rooting against as an athlete is lame as hell. There are fans out there that root against ALL athletes so get over yourself Lebron. Thats whats wrong Jay Smooth and theres nothing wrong with having some integrity…

    • Rofl, so basically, he’s “childish, lame, and salty” because he’s not worried about losers crying about something that happened damn near a year ago?  And somehow he doesn’t have integrity now?  I love guys like you; you’re probably a Kobe fan, lol

      Like he said, at the end of the day, he’s a millionaire with cars, a nice place, and a lifestyle that most of us will never come near.  And…most fans are living generic lives, and have very little that he would envy.

      Also, lol at someone crying about “loser talk” and then telling an athlete to get over himself…I hope we don’t hear all of this bullshit next year.

  2. also two time champ Adam Morrison

  3. The problem isn’t so much the breaking of the “myth” as much as LeBron’s argument not making much sense in that context. As Jay points out, the same sentiment he attached to his detractors can be applied to his supporters, more or less making his point moot (on top of it already being obnoxious and self-evident).

    And it’s tricky to try and apply a blanket rule for what constitutes success and failure. None of the players you mentioned had a team with two of the top 5 players in the game, along with another all-star to chase a ring. LeBron came up very small relative to his talent and stature, so it’s not just that he didn’t win, it’s how poorly he performed in losing. And you can’t summarize his career in the middle of his peak years, that has yet to be written, but in THESE finals, he failed, and he accepted that much himself.

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