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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?

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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16 Comments Post a comment
  1. No, it is great!

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    June 20, 2012
  2. I am happy to know it 🙂

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    June 20, 2012
  3. Usually athletes are too busy to read. It’s great he’s able to do it, and has the interest. Also, it’s a great model for kids who admire him.

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    June 20, 2012
  4. Well this is a pleasant surprise. I’m no James fan, although my 7 year-old is trying to convince me. This definitely goes in the + column.

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    June 20, 2012
  5. Nel #

    I will file away this tidbit of knowledge. I find it potentially useful: he’s a man, he’s a professional athlete AND he reads.

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    June 20, 2012
  6. No, I have always been a James fan even when he left the Cavaliers. I think his own book sounded quite interesting, but I did not read it. I think he should hire ME to recommend books for him.

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    June 20, 2012
    • Have you heard of that book called “The Whore of Akron.” I haven’t read it but the author just trashes Lebron.

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      June 20, 2012
      • No, but I am going to check it out. The title sounds pretty awful. Thanks.

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        June 21, 2012
        • Oh, just looked it up. The book is by Scott Raab as you know. I think he is a very talented writer and a Cleveland native. I am going to check it out. Thanks!

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          June 21, 2012
  7. I am not at all surprised that a professional athlete likes to read. I used to tutor athletes in college – men who were in college thanks to athletic scholarships and had to maintain a certain GPA to keep the scholarship. All of them were very intelligent and earned their way through school by working hard on academics and playing their chosen sport really well. They just needed a little help with their foreign language courses, study and organization skills or writing composition/critical thinking courses.

    All of them loved reading. Two of the men I tutored are now professional athletes (football and baseball). They still love to read and the baseball player is a follower of your blog. He LOVES books (and has plenty of time to read while on the road) and is reading along with you. FYI – He liked Infinite Jest AND Mrs. Dalloway (go figure…)

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    June 20, 2012
    • Great insight. That’s awesome. And I love baseball and football, so it’s to know a pro reads my blog.

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      June 20, 2012
  8. Twitter can really get an athlete in trouble so re-directing that time to reading shows Mr. James is smarter than I gave him credit for being. Perhaps having someone else pick the books is a smart movie as it looks like he is getting a nice variety.

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    June 20, 2012
  9. Elizabeth R #

    Reading is the mind’s relaxation tool and it is good that Lebron has taken the time to relax before/after the game, since basketball is such a mental game. I also like that after one game he told the reporters they would have to wait until he finished a chapter in Mockingjay.

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    June 20, 2012
  10. Matt #

    Not buying it. Nearly everything James does has an ulterior motive. It’s all about cultivating his image. But, if his purported love of books can motivate my young male students to read, I’ll play along with him.

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    June 20, 2012

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