10 Reasons Why LeBron James is a Better Person Than You
10 Reasons Why LeBron James is a Better Person Than You
Now most people think they know LeBron James. He's the alpha male of the NBA; he's the most feared, most respected and most sought after player in the entire league. But what they probably don't know is what a good person he truly is.
Three years ago, James went from being the most liked player in the NBA to the most hated. His departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers was met with a stream of animosity and torment that followed him all the way until he won his first championship in 2012. He played the role of villain the entire time leading up to that title, a role in which James hated to be seen.
But as the saying goes, "time heals all wounds." And although the Cavs' fans still might not have forgiven James for the way he left, the rest of the world seems to have forgiven and forgotten. James recently passed Kobe Bryant as the most popular player in the league this year, as well as topping jersey sales across the world, showing all of his haters that he will once again rise to the top.
Being the best player in the world does come with its perks like police escorts to the Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake concert and taking lavish trips throughout the world. But don't those who work hard deserve a little playtime?
Let's take an in-depth look at the life of this superstar, and maybe I can convince those in doubt that LBJ is truly the upstanding individual that he would like to be depicted as.
10. The Decision
When LeBron James shocked the basketball world and decided to "take his talents to South Beach," he angered a lot people in the NBA. First and foremost, his Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent seven glorious seasons before joining the Miami Heat, felt as though they were just tossed aside like an old rag doll. However, I bet most people didn't know that all of the money accumulated from the ESPN special "The Decision" went to a charitable foundation in the sum of over $3 million. Okay, it was still pretty cold the way he left, but he gave the Cavs seven of their best seasons in franchise history and later sincerely apologized for the way he departed. Can't we just let bygones be bygones?
9. He Serves His Civic Duty
When most people are asked to serve their civic duty and show up for jury duty. it's something they try to avoid at all costs. But when LBJ was asked to serve, he not only showed up, but he tweeted a picture of himself on his way to the courthouse describing his excitement. Now how many NBA stars do that?
8. He Married His High School Sweetheart
Most NBA stars don't settle down with just one woman throughout their illustrious careers, and many partake in the luxuries that a single man's life can afford them. But not King James, as he wed his longtime girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson this summer in San Diego.
7. Tremendous Work Ethic
LeBron James has always been someone who strives to better himself both on and off the court. A workout regime that includes yoga, cutting-edge training techniques, extreme muscle building exercises and high intensity bike rides are all essential parts of his everyday routine. James posted career highs in field goal percentage and three-point percentage last season, with his free-throw percentage being the next facet of his game that he plans to perfect. And even though his passing, shooting and rebounding are amongst the best in the league, he will be the first to tell you that there is always room for improvement.
6. He Bought Brand New Uniforms for his High School Football Team
Many people don't know that LeBron James was not only a star on the basketball court but on the football field as well. In a tribute to his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, OH, James bought brand new Nike uniforms for the entire football team. Not to mention giving them a thrill by showing up at a pep rally for the team, fully dressed in one of the new unis for their unveilment.
5. He Plans to Play in 2016 Olympic Games
Like many NBA All-Stars, LeBron James has participated in multiple Olympic Games with Team USA, helping them to consecutive gold medals in the past two Olympics. Now that would be enough for some players, but not James, who announced recently that he plans to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some may see this as James being greedy in his ambition to win another medal, but he will tell you he is just honored to have the opportunity to represent his country for a fourth consecutive time.
4. He Donated $20K to 2008 Obama Campaign
LeBron James has had the pleasure to meet the President on two different occasions. But well before he joined the Miami Heat and made the trip to the White House to celebrate their consecutive championship wins, James donated $20,000 to the Barack Obama campaign for election in 2008. He also held a public viewing of Obama's 'American Stories, American Solutions' television advertisement at the Quicken Loans Arena in front of 20,000 people, where the Cleveland Cavaliers currently play.
3. He's Got Friends in High Places
It's always nice to have some connections with those high up in the world, but when you're best buds with Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z you've got one heck of a connection. James and Jay have had a longstanding relationship dating back to his days in Cleveland. And many thought when the summer of 2010 free agency came around, James would join his pal in Brooklyn, but James decided to reside in South Beach, and "Hova" still remains a good friend to the James' family.
2. He's the Best at His Craft
For anyone who knows anything about basketball, they know that LeBron James is the best there is. Four regular season MVPs, two world championships and two Finals MVPs speak for themselves. There is no longer any doubt who the best player in the league is anymore. Although there are a number of competitors, until they knock the king off his throne he will continue to remain at the top.
1. He Keeps His Promises
When James arrived in Miami to begin his quest towards greatness, he promised the Heat faithful, "not one, not two, not three, not four," championships. And in three seasons with the team he's brought home two rings to South Beach. I'd say he's well on his way to keeping that promise. And as the Heat are by far the favorites to win the title again this season, we shall see if James can continue his reign as King and if he can fulfill his own prophecy.