Lebron James, his impeccable style and his beautiful kids are featured in this month’s GQ Magazine. Inside, he shared his thoughts on Cleveland Owner Dan Gilbert slamming him in the press, Charles Barkley, if He’d ever return to Cleveland and staying humble. But what I found most interesting was the writer’s description of Lebron’s inner circle after he spent 3 weeks in Cleveland with Lebron for the cover story:
Well, he was surrounded by a layer of family, then a layer of old friends, and then a layer of Nike people—so Cleveland was where I really got the sense that he is possibly, really insulated from the outside world. All famous people have entourages and inner circles, but this struck me as something larger, even more protective, and harder to break through. I got the sense also that it might’ve been what kept him from gauging the mood in the real world as people waited for his decision. He really did seem to be at the center of an enormous group of handlers, helpers, and managers—and I’m sure that makes him feel good on a day-to-day basis, but there’s a downside to that, too.
Excerpts from Lebron’s interview:
On Dan Gilbert
“I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You’ll get a good sense of their character.’ Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”
On Charles Barkley
Charles was probably trying to be funny. It wasn’t funny to me.
On If He’d Return To Cleveland
If there was an opportunity for me to return and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.… Maybe the ones burning my jersey were never LeBron fans anyway.”
Lebron on Staying Humble
That’s what keeps me humble, because I know my background, know what my mother went through. I never get too high on my stardom or what I can do. My mom always says, and my friends say, ‘You’re just a very low-maintenance guy.’” Via:Necolebitchie.com