Whether LeBron James will assume the mantle of “greatest basketball player ever” by the time he retires remains to be seen, but what cannot be questioned is his complete dedication to the game. You see it on the court, from how demonstrative he is after possessions, whether they’re good or bad, and you see it off the court, where LeBron spends upwards of $1 million per year to keep his body in pristine shape.
Now, after a recent appearance on the increasingly popular “Road Trippin'” podcast hosted by James’s Cavaliers teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, we have an even clearer idea of how serious LeBron takes his craft. NBA players already must dedicate an inordinate amount of time to their job, from traveling to working out to practicing, but LeBron’s obsession with being the best ever puts his dedication on another level.
“I’m addicted to the process,” LeBron said. “I apologized [to my wife]. Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game, to the point where no one ever forgets what I’ve accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing.”
LeBron went on to say that it’s impossible for him to turn his brain off and stop thinking about basketball and the process behind it, calling it a “drug.” He says his wife Savannah doesn’t see things that way, but it’s clear that his affinity for and love of the game of basketball completely consumes him—to the point where he feels the need to apologize to the woman he’s been with since high school.
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