Lebron James: Basketball Star and Bibliophile
Lebron James is not only one of the best basketball players on the planet, he’s also quite the bibliophile. I love this.
Before the NBA playoffs began, Lebron made a decision to begin reading more instead of spending free time on Twitter or watching television. He’s used reading as a relaxation technique before playoff games.
And since the Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals, and now only 1 win away from giving Lebron his first NBA Championship, I’d say the new pre-game ritual has worked pretty well. And, of course, the media, with all their fancy cameras and laptops, have taken notice.
Lebron’s reading binge just began in April. Since then, he’s read the entire Hunger Games trilogy, Jerry West’s autobiography West by West, The Pact and The Tipping Point.
“King James” explained his reading habits to USA Today.
“For me, it’s relaxing honestly. You spend so much preparation for the games, sometimes you just need to get away from it for a little bit. The reading has helped me get away from the game a little bit, and I’m able zero in once I’m done and get ready for the games.”
So it’s cool that Lebron reads a lot of the same books we do, but there is one big difference according to USA Today.
“James said he asked longtime friend and business manager Maverick Carter to select books for him. “
He “has a guy” to select books for him?
Come on Lebron. You can’t even hop on Amazon? He must really trust this guy to know his taste, because ain’t nobody picking my books for me…except, well, maybe Time Magazine.
Are you surprised that an athlete of Lebron’s stature is such an avid reader?
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