August 17, 2010
Sometimes, when LeBron James(notes) gets near a microphone he says some pretty off-the-wall things. OK, a lot of times. Most of the times, really. Whether it be his now-famed "global icon" interview, that time he said he spoiled people with his play or his virtuoso performance throughout "The Decision," LeBron has a knack for saying the wrong thing at the right time and making bloggers' jobs pretty easy.
So it should come as no surprise that James had a couple of whoops! moments in an interview with GQ that was excerpted Tuesday. But which of these oopsy-daisies takes home the prize for the most ridiculous thing LeBron has said this week.
The first challenger — The "I hated Cleveland."
James on how a kid from Akron, located only thirty minutes from Cleveland, could grow up rooting for Chicago and Jordan: "It's not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.... So we didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day."
Very strong choice since it drives home the point that LeBron never considered Cleveland his home. It's also a worthy contender since he admits that he hates people in Cleveland, which will surely go over pretty well in Cleveland. Bonus points because "It's not far, but it is far" continues LeBron's apparent fascination with Ringo-isms.
The second challenger — The "I would play in Cleveland again."
He can imagine, he says, playing for Cleveland again one day.
Did I hear him right? Cleveland?
"If there was an opportunity for me to return," he says, "and those fans welcome me back, that'd be a great story."
Cleveland...Ohio? Where fans at this very moment are burning his jerseys? Where fans are selling toilet paper made from his jerseys?
"Maybe the ones burning my jersey," he says, "were never LeBron fans anyway."
Also a strong choice! I am so very sure that the people of Cleveland — most of whom hate him and many of whom he hates right back — would welcome him back because "it'd be a great story." That is a very likely thing that could happen. So likely that it will probably happen tomorrow, I bet. Those people who were burning his jersey and selling jersey toilet paper (???) will just be like, "Oh, LeBron wants to come back? Sounds like a great story so I am very OK with it. No big deal about 'The Decision.' See you soon, LeBron. Bring some cheesecake if you can." Totally going to happen. Not crazy talk at all.
As you can see, it's a very hard choice about which of these quotes is the most bizarre. And also a very important choice. Vote in this poll so we can all decide the winner together.