LeBron James has finally broken his silence…to GQ Magazine. J.R. Moehringer spent 3 weeks with LeBron and got full access to the NBA Star and his entourage.
James said he could see himself back in Cleveland later in his career, but also noted that he hated Cleveland as a kid.
Here are the highlights:
On his entourage’s view of his decision:
“They’re happy to see me happy. That’s what they can see in my face. They say: ‘It’s been a while since we’ve seen you look like that.’”
On Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cavaliers:
I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You’ll get a good sense of their character.’ Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”
On growing up rooting for the Bulls and Jordan:
“It’s not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.… So we didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”
On how his upbringing taught him about facing adversity and staying humble:
“That’s what keeps me humble, because I know my background, know what my mother went through. I never get too high on my stardom or what I can do. My mom always says, and my friends say, ‘You’re just a very low-maintenance guy.’”