LeBron Quote Compendium: A Man Of His Words

Before they’re sucked into a credit card-retrievable-only archival vortex, I humbly submit a somewhat comprehensive compendium of LeBron James quotes - replete with cited and (soon-perishable) linked source material.

LeBron James in 2006: I don't want to go ring-chasing

Along with the extensive selection below, I’ve spiced in some of my own most memorable recitations of the man’s worldly wisdom.

LeBron on his first practice with the Heat:

Quote:
“That’s just me. Being around new teammates, you don’t want to wear out your welcome on Day 1. But I just can’t hold it back because my leadership skills won’t allow me to do that.”

LeBron on how difficult it was leaving Cleveland:

Quote:
“It was a tough decision, because I know how loyal I am.”

LeBron greeting an ESPN commentator on Twitter:

Quote:
“Shout out to Kurt Herbstriet also(may have spelled last name). ESPNU”

LeBron on what he does best off the court:

Quote:
“You know, softball is the other sport I do besides basketball.”

LeBron salutes his favorite ESPN commentator on Twitter:

Quote:
“Shout out and much love to @jalenrose! He know why”

LeBron on being more aggressive with the ball:

Quote:
“Sometimes the coaches tell me to be selfish, but my game won’t let me be selfish.”

LeBron on what his role is for the team:

Quote:
“I’ve always been a leader. I’ve always kind of been the tallest person on the team when I was younger, but always kind of the smartest. I was ahead of my time. I wasn’t always the oldest, I kind of was the youngest on the team.”

LeBron on being a leader:

Quote:
“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been the best player. I love being a leader, and I love being the best. It’s not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It’s just how I am.”

LeBron on sharing the ball:

Quote:
“I love sharing the ball with my teammates. I see a lot of things before my teammates see them.”

LeBron about girlfriend Savannah, his baby mama:

Quote:
“A person like myself always needs a great sidekick. And she’s that.”

LeBron James in 2006: I don't want to go ring-chasing

LeBron on facing playoff elimination in Game 6 vs Celtics:

Quote:
“A LeBron James team is never desperate.”

LeBron on the city of Cleveland:

Quote:
“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.”

LeBron on a possible return to the Cavaliers:

Quote:
“If there was an opportunity for me to return to Cleveland, and those fans welcome me back, that would be a great story.”

LeBron on Cavs fans burning his jerseys:

Quote:
“Maybe those ones burning my jerseys were never LeBron fans anyway.”

LeBron on playing for Cleveland fans:

Quote:
“Cleveland fans are awesome. But I mean, even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court.”

LeBron on getting booed after playoff blowout loss to the Celtics:

Quote:
“I spoil a lot of people with my play. When you have a bad game here or there, when you have 3 bad games in a 7-year career, then it’s easy to point that [bad] game out.”

LeBron on staying humble growing up:

Quote:
“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 all say, ’LeBron’s just a very low-maintenance guy.’”

LeBron on reportedly giving half of “Decision” revenue to Boys & Girls Club:

Quote:
“This is an unbelievable venture for myself.”

LeBron on being a role model:

Quote:
“I have no problem being a role model. I love it.”

LeBron James in 2006: I don't want to go ring-chasing

LeBron on the Nike-confiscated dunk tape:

Quote:
“I never told anyone to confiscate any tapes. Nike just has a no videotape policy at pick-up games. But now that LeBron is involved, it’s blown up. It’s a play that happens in basketball all the time. You can go on YouTube and see me being dunked on by a lot of guys. I like to call myself a shot blocker and getting dunked on tends to happen.”

LeBron on not shaking Dwight Howard’s hand, blowing off postgame playoff media:

Quote:
“I look at the no handshake like this — during the regular season, no one ever shakes hands. I congratulated Dwight Howard through email and told him good luck in the Finals. Shaking hands is not a big deal to me. It’s not being a sore loser, it’s moving on.”

LeBron on wether he made the USA Basketball roster for the 2008 Olympics:

Quote:
“It looks positive at this point. I haven’t talked with Mr. Colangelo, but we should be making this announcement within a week or so.”

LeBron on Dan Gilbert:

Quote:
“I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron. Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”

Finally, while there’s no shortage of those anxious to elucidate his legend, I’ll leave it up to the omniscient social commentator of our time to speak for us all.

Special thanks to the fine folks at L.A. Lakers-centric Lakersground.net.