How LeBron James Prepares For Games
Love this, from Valerie Strauss’s blog on the Washington Post website:
“Miami Heat star LeBron James had a somewhat surprising practice that he used to focus before games, including during the final series in which he led his team to the National Basketball Association championship: He read books.
James, who went from high school straight into the National Basketball Association, bypassing college, was seen before and even after games reading one book after another, one genre after another. There was ‘The Hunger Games,’ and the other books in the science fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins. There were, according to ESPN, books on history, biographies, psychology and more. He read sitting in front of his locker ‘The Pact,’ about three boys from tough backgrounds deciding to go to college and then medical school.
According to a story by ESPN’s by Michael Wilbon, James decided that he could focus on his game better if he spent some time alone reading, so he called up his friend and business associate, Maverick Carter, and asked for some book suggestions. Carter recommended titles such as ‘The Post-American World’ by Fareed Zakaria and Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘The Tipping Point.’ According to Wilbon, James came up on his own with the ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy as well as a book titled ‘Decoded’ by his friend, Jay-Z.
Wilbon wrote in this story: ‘Where cynics saw a ballplayer doing something for the cameras, I saw a chance, whatever LeBron’s motivation, for a role model to use his influence to make an impact, intentional or not . . . If LeBron is reading, then reading must be fairly cool. Is there a better message the world’s best basketball player could send?” Read more here.
Yes, a fantastic message to be sending to kids watching at home—and how interesting that James felt that solitary reading would focus his mind for a game. Maybe the immersion in another world took his mind off any anxieties or ruminations he might have engaged otherwise.