Are you guys excited about this season? I am too. LeBron topped Gentleman's Quarterly's 50 Greatest Living Athletes. Mark Anthony Green caught up with him for an exclusive interview where he talked about bumgate, LeBron Inc., MJ, Cleveland, and race relations. Here is a piece:
When asked of his role with social issues.
Did you feel like Dan Gilbert's letter was racial?
"Um, I did. I did. It was another conversation I had to have with my kids. It was unfortunate, because I believed in my heart that I had gave that city and that owner, at that point in time, everything that I had. Unfortunately, I felt like, at that point in time, as an organization, we could not bring in enough talent to help us get to what my vision was. A lot of people say they want to win, but they really don't know how hard it takes, or a lot of people don't have the vision. So, you know, I don't really like to go back on that letter, but it pops in my head a few times here, a few times there. I mean, it's just human nature. I think that had a lot to do with race at that time, too, and that was another opportunity for me to kind of just sit back and say, 'Okay, well, how can we get better? How can we get better? How can I get better?' And if it happens again, then you're able to have an even more positive outlook on it. It wasn't the notion of I wanted to do it my way. It was the notion of I'm gonna play this game, and I'm gonna prepare myself so damn hard that when I decide to do something off the court, I want to be able to do it because I've paid my dues."
Read More when the issue hits the stands in November or head over to GQ and check out a little bit more of the interview.
The Kid From Akron is the Greatest Living Athlete according to my friends over GQ. I truly appreciate the wonderful gesture and whether I am or not I just wanna inspire and empower as many people as i can while I grace this planet earth! Thank you again GQ! #StriveForGreatness