Saturday, November 1, 2014

Why can't LeBron James just be humble?

Before shooting 5 of 15 and committing 8 turnovers in a disastrous 95-90 opening night loss to the Knicks, LeBron James spoke with the media about his first game back in Cleveland with the Cavs.  Here are some of the things he said:

"Obviously, it's an exciting time for our city. It's an exciting time for the people here. They should look forward to it." 
"...I understand how much I mean to this team, to this franchise, to this city, to this state. It's a different feeling, but I'm still as calm and excited at the same time, because it's the first game of the season." 
"...none of us should take this moment for granted. This is probably one of the biggest sporting events, you know, it's up there, ever. I don't feel it, but I know it is. 'SportsCenter' is here, a lot of people are here. 'SportsCenter' would never come to Cleveland other than this, so I understand." 
"I've already elaborated on it and I know how important it was so I'm not going to continue to talk about it. It's a great day for our fans. It's a great day for our community. And hopefully I can continue to inspire the youth here, because that's what it's about."

Even letting him slide on the absurd "biggest sporting events ever" comment, LeBron's general tone is just irksome.  I realize the reporters asked him a lot of leading (and redundant) questions, but why does every answer involve him saying he's aware of how big a deal he is?  Why can't he talk about how excited he is to be there for the fans, rather than how excited they should be to see him?

Clearly LeBron could benefit from some PR lessons from Crash Davis:

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