LeBron James: Is He the Michael Scott of the NBA?

November 29th, 2010 by Peter Missouri Leave a reply »
“Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked. But it’s not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised.”

Those words belong to the fictional Michael Scott, branch manager at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, and it’s the look LeBron James expresses every time someone asks him about the infamous one-hour “Decision.”

Despite the brilliant Nike ad, make no mistake; LeBron James doesn’t like being the villain. In fact, judging by his demeanor, he hates it.

He loves being the hero, the good-guy, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We learned that while he was still the NBA’s poster-child.

In addition to the superlatives about his on-court displays, we heard and read numerous stories about the great friend James was off the court with his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be liked, and seeking praise does not separate James from most athletes. It does, however, separate him from the winningest athletes and coaches.

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