Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has been on the highest-paid athletes list for most of his career. You could assume that money is the last thing on his mind. But as it turns out, this assumption is far from the truth according to his former teammates Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade. James, one of the wealthiest athletes in history, may be the cheapest guy in the league.
Taylor Rooks recently spoke to Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love where the host confirmed if LeBron James is indeed the most frugal guy in the NBA. According to the intel Rooks gathered from Chris Paul, whenever they arrive at a new place, the first thing that James asks: “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” Love, without an ounce of hesitation, confirmed this to be true.
“Oh, yeah, I’ve seen that a million times in Toronto. They talk about wealth and all that, like, sometimes it’s the things you don’t see. And for him, it’s like, if we’re in Toronto, right? That drive from the airport and going through customs to then getting to our hotel, yeah, there’s no data used at all. He’s waiting for the Wi-Fi all the time," Love said.
“I can appreciate it, I gotta say it’s not like I’m mad at it but I’m like, ‘C’mon, Bron, like, seriously? It’s Wi-Fi.’ Maybe it’s good to get away from your phone for a minute but, I don’t know, it’s just, roaming. I don’t know," he added.
This is indeed a big mystery. So what is preventing James from spending a few dollars — that won’t make a dent in his wallet — to turn on his mobile data? Is this the secret to being ultra-rich? Be frugal at every step of the way?
Years before Love’s revelation, Wade already spilled the beans on James’ thriftiness. In an interview with Kelly Ripa, the host bluntly asked: who’s the cheapest guy in the league? Wade, like Love, didn’t hesitate to blurt out LeBron James’ name. Wade’s wife Gabrielle Union backed up his claims. James refuses to turn on his data roaming even in the middle of the sea abroad on a yacht.
James finally shared his side of the story in an interview with Rachel Nichols. James isn’t just scared of any additional fees upon turning on his data roaming. The four-time NBA champion also isn’t privy to shelling out cash for apps.
"I'm not turning on data roaming, I'm not buying no apps," LeBron said. "I still got Pandora with commercials. I'm not paying for it."
Fans would love it if James further explained his side. But his choice of keeping things mum is an interesting point in itself. Let’s note that James is a savvy businessman as well. Maybe he knows something about these mobile companies that we don’t know. Maybe he treats them as his rivals.