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The 🤬 ? "An honest LeBron James quote shows how draining his NBA Finals run was"

2stepz_ahead
2stepz_ahead Who I am is Complex, What i am, simply put. I'm a Threatwalking out the lions denGuests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 32,324 ✭✭✭✭✭
remember this thread

http://community.allhiphop.com/discussion/521843/soooo-lebron-went-back-to-cleveland-for-the-kids-and-help-his-city-huh

now this

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/honest-lebron-james-quote-shows-135537629.html

After one of the most extraordinary, physically demanding NBA Finals performances ever, LeBron James wondered what the point was.

In an honest moment at his postgame news conference, LeBron acknowledged he sometimes thought he would rather not make the playoffs at all than lose in the Finals. His full quote is great (h/t ASAP Sports):

Well, of course you question it, especially when you get to this point. I always look at it would I rather not make the playoffs or lose in The Finals? I don't know. I don't know. I've missed the playoffs twice. I lost in The Finals four times. I'm almost starting to be like I'd rather not even make the playoffs than to lose in The Finals. It would hurt a lot easier if I just didn't make the playoffs and I didn't have a shot at it.

But then I lock back in and I start thinking about how fun it is to compete during the playoffs and the first round, the second round, and Eastern Conference Finals. If I'm lucky enough to get here again, it will be fun to do it.

But put my body through a lot, you know, but it's the price for your body feeling this way for winning. Did I win? I didn't win a championship, but I've done a lot of good things in this first year back, and hopefully I can continue it.

A lot has been made about how physically exhausting this series has been for LeBron, and rightfully so. One sports scientist called LeBron's workload "unfathomable" and said the only thing that compared to it in sports was the Tour de France. LeBron averaged 45.7 minutes a game, or to put it another way, he rested for an average of 2 minutes 42 seconds a game. And that's on top of the ~18,000 minutes he has played since 2010 — 2,000 more than anyone else in the NBA. Preparing his body for game after game became an around-the-clock undertaking.

So yeah, LeBron's literal point that making it to the Finals takes a physical toll is taken.

The idea that LeBron is getting at here — that there is a point at which being mediocre is preferable to risking the pain it takes to be exceptional — is universal. But you almost never hear athletes actually say it. We expect athletes to say winning is everything. In that sense we hold them to a higher standard than ourselves.

At LeBron's news conference, he was asked a question to which athletes automatically respond with the "winning is everything" cliché. But this time, an exhausted LeBron just said what was actually in his head. In three weeks, he would say of course I'd rather make the Finals than miss the playoffs. In that moment though, he wasn't so sure, and it gives you a sense of the toll the series took on him.

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  • 2stepz_ahead
    2stepz_ahead Who I am is Complex, What i am, simply put. I'm a Threat walking out the lions denGuests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 32,324 ✭✭✭✭✭
    so the 🤬 saying.....

    if you dont win....bounce
    if your team is getting old/....bounce
    if you work hard, its not worth it to come in second even if it paid off before. so its not worth it to work hard.

    its ok to be a little better than average and not live up to your potential. if you cant win it all, dont be in the race.

    an this 🤬 want the kids to see this.....he made it about the kids when he came back to cleveland.

    i swear this dude, need to shut the hell up.

    its a reason other players dont say this....
  • O.G.
    O.G. GUILTY BY AFFILIATION. Members Posts: 7,555 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Never heard of him.
  • 9TRAY
    9TRAY EverywhereMembers Posts: 6,830 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Quite frankly, B. 🤬 him & his quotes


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  • coop9889
    coop9889 Members Posts: 7,299 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2015
    so the 🤬 saying.....

    if you dont win....bounce
    if your team is getting old/....bounce
    if you work hard, its not worth it to come in second even if it paid off before. so its not worth it to work hard.

    its ok to be a little better than average and not live up to your potential. if you cant win it all, dont be in the race.


    an this 🤬 want the kids to see this.....he made it about the kids when he came back to cleveland.

    i swear this dude, need to shut the hell up.

    its a reason other players dont say this....
    Did you even read his actual quote?

    He literally said none of that.

    "I'm almost starting to think..."

    "But then I realize..." and he talks about its fun competing in the playoffs and if he gets to the Finals again it'll be fun
    Where did he even insinuate the 🤬 you put in bold?




    🤬 be making hella 🤬 up
  • S2J
    S2J Members Posts: 28,458 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He was making a point. On some 'i wish i never met her' 🤬 . This is a non story.
  • Rubato Garcia
    Rubato Garcia Members Posts: 4,912 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smh @ you taking that literally...

    Close thread
  • ckfree
    ckfree Members Posts: 9,659 ✭✭✭✭✭


    yea -- he shook his hand

    but

    he didnt open his mouth and say congrats though