It may seem that LeBron James is pretty much fed up with the barrage of questions that have come from the media lately. Since his arrival in L.A., James has faced a bevy of things — murals defaced, the pondering of other free agency acquisitions possibly joining forces with him, and even questions about his Laker loyalty. But more recently, LeBron was asked about his reasoning behind wearing number six during practice. James response was interesting:
James said, “I’ve worn 6 in practice for a long time. I’m starting to figure out a lot of you guys not recognizing who I am. No idea. I’ve been doing this about the last eight years now.”
And the King has spoken.
But what’s most profound about James’ response is that he didn’t actually answer the question. Rather, he turned the question into a legitimate point about identity and the media’s lack of recognizing his. The King’s arrival in L.A. and him donning the purple and gold as he leads a fairly young and new group to broach Laker lore, is undoubtedly one of the biggest stories in the upcoming NBA this season and with that comes a whole melee soap opera-like possibilities and what ifs.
James choice of taking his talents West and playing for the Los Angeles Lakers wasn’t that big of surprise and the decision was made with haste, not to minimize the impact, but King James has seemed very poised and certain about his movements as of late, a surety about himself and place as a professional basketball player, but even more than that as a person. It’s becoming apparent that James is very much seasoned at this point, a veteran, and it’s striking to watch arguably best player in the world operate within the realization and understanding of who he is – a veteran – and it is this aspect that is missed that solicits the kind of retort James gave when the question of his number six practice jersey came up LeBron James is the best player in the world and he has been doing this for a while – and anyone that doesn’t know that by now should be questioned.