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2.18.2014

Lebron James: First Billion Dollar Athlete?! Maybe! + All Star Interview


Do you think Lebron James has change?! He sure does! What you thought he worked this hard to stay the same?! In his cover story for GQ Magazine, the star athlete reveals if he really has changed,  why he thanks his father for the man that he has become, and how he feels about possibly becoming the first billion dollar athlete!



On becoming the first billion dollar athlete:

"It it happens. It's my biggest milestone. Obviously. I want to maximize my business. And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion-dollar athlete, ho. Hip hip hooray! Oh, my GOD, I'm gonna be excited."

On what he would be doing if he weren't playing basketball:

"Some days I want to be a singer. But my voice? Then the next day I want to be Picasso."




What drives him to be the best:

"My drive to be the greatest basketball player ever is very high."

On being a team player:

"Like, I could average thirty-five points a game if I really wanted to. But then--it wouldn't be me. So I don't know if I could do it, because of my instincts. I see a teammate open--even if I have a great shot--I see a teammate open for a better shot, I gotta feed him. It's like, my mind sometimes be like, 'Shoot it, 'but then--my instincts, you know?"



On his drug of choice:

"Winning is my drug. Winning is my ice cream. Like my kids. They want more. 'More! More!' They just want more."

On being a leader:

"Being a leader of my household, a leader of Miami, a leader of Team USA. It's the same exact thing. You can sense when a guy is frustrated and doesn't feel involved enough in the offense. As leader you go over to him, you know, 'How can I help?' Because at the end of the day, we all have one common goal--and that's to be great."



On people saying he's changed:

"Good! That's like a thing. I'm like, 'Thank you.' Shit. I'm 29 years old with a family-I'm married with a family. I--of course I changed. The problem is, you haven't changed. And that's why you dislike what I do, you know. As an African-American, we hear it a lot where we grow up. You've changed. Because you've tried to better yourself and because you've made it out. 'You're not the same person that we used to know.' Of course I'm not. I'm trying to better myself. Change is not a bad thing. Thinking that it's bad, you know, that's one thing I think is a downfall for African-Americans for sure."

On thanking his father:

"Like, 'Wow, Dad, you know what, I don't know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.' The fuel that I use—you not being there—it's part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It's part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And be able to put my guys that's with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in my business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend—he's my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn't have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?"



On leaving Cleveland:

"The best thing that ever happened to me. I needed it. It helped me grow as a man. As a professional, as a father. At the time, as a boyfriend. It helped me grow. Being confined, I spent my whole life in Akron, Ohio. For twenty-five years. Even though I played professionally in Cleveland, I still lived in Akron. Everything was comfortable. I knew everything, everybody knew me—everything was comfortable. I needed to become uncomfortable. Now I've seen everything on and off the floor this league has to offer. I got an answer for everything. Winning, losing, being a free agent, staying, leaving, media, media down on you, media big up on you, agents, money, parking it, family, money. All, everything. So whatever your question is, I can deliver."



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