Over the weekend, basketball legend LeBron James was spotted at his son’s AAU basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being the best player ever doesn’t only depend on the talent; it also takes a strenuous workout regiment, an uncompromising diet, and countless hours of practice time in the gym.
So, with his son’s team gathered in a post-loss locker room, the King shared how some of the best players in the league come off of the bench and how basketball is a team sport.
“Obviously, I come around and watch you from afar,” James said during his speech. “But ya’ll gotta understand that when ya’ll come to a tournament, everybody wants to see ya’ll lose. Ya’ll don’t see that? Every time we do something good, it’s just us clapping for each other. Any time another team that we’re going against (does well), the whole (expletive) crowd is going crazy. They want to see us lose. So we gotta’ approach it like, every time we go out to play, we gotta’ play for one another and nobody else. So we can’t have careless turnovers, we can’t be out there lollygagging. I don’t care if they can dunk. I don’t care if they can jump over the rim. That sh– doesn’t define this right here (your heart and drive). Ya’ll were in the game the whole game, and ya’ll just let it slip away. They didn’t take the game away. It wasn’t them, it was ya’ll. We gotta know every game that we go out here, they want to see us lose, alright?”
James talked with the eight graders as if they were adults and made some really good points. Go play golf or tennis if you’re not willing to do everything you can to help out your team.
Role players are just as important as any other player on the court, and LeBron proved this firsthand last season. Despite being one of the best players in the league, he was unable to get the job done mostly due to the fact that he had some awful role players by his side.