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.