The biggest thing he learned in Miami is he learned to stop giving a f–k.David Fizdale, All The Smoke
A four-year run with the Heat was a maturity process for James. From Zero Dark Thirty to facing failures on NBA hardwoods, that was the stretch during which LeBron blossomed as a person and basketball player he is today. He learned to manage expectations, he learned to block the outside noise, he managed to overcome game-related controversies, and he finally received a Larry O’Brien in the process.
Thus seeds were planted for LeBron we see today. Because that was the ice-breaking stretch for a forward superstar, that was his coming-out party into the world of all-time greats. And all he did ever since was solidify his case by never taking his foot off the gas.
He takes it so serious. That’s why I can respect it, ’cause I got to see him put in the time. He doesn’t take that part for granted.David Fizdale, All The Smoke
This is something we, as NBA fans, don’t have an insight into. All behind the scenes stuff that is necessary for a guy to reach that level of basketball greatness or any type of greatness for that matter. And Fizdale has said it himself, ‘he’s just not a talented dude showing up and being LeBron. There’s a lot of work being done.’Everything he’s done for himself, physically, mentally, expanding his game, it all goes into the player LeBron James has become.
And then there’s the other part that makes him great. The social justice part, which, according to Fizdale, is the most jaw-dropping thing about James. Because, with all the incredible things he’s been able to do on the court, LBJ has taken a burden of being the community’s voice for social issues, as he continues to make a real difference where it matters the most.
What we’re seeing is something to marvel at, and I hope that, when it’s all said and done, he gets the kind of credit that I think he deserves.David Fizdale, All The Smoke
With all talk being centered around who’s the GOAT, it’s refreshing to hear someone doing the appreciating instead of comparing. And that’s what it’s all about. Greatness is to be appreciated, not diminished by hypotheticals. And LeBron is great, so let’s not diminish that.