LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet. Period.
However, he will never be a 'likable' player in my mind. I love watching him play, he is the ultimate combo of power and finesse. But, as soon as he starts on his rants - it really just makes me question what makes this guy tick.
This is the article, I am talking about: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8905486/lebron-james-think-paid-value-... (I will also post it below).
He is quoted as saying: ""I have not had a full max deal yet in my career -- that's a story untold," James said.
"I don't get (the credit) for it. That doesn't matter to me; playing the game is what matters to me. Financially, I'll sacrifice for the team. It shows for some of the top guys, it isn't all about money. That's the genuine side of this, it's about winning. I understand that.""
It obviously means something to him - or he wouldn't have brought it up. Now, I think he should be the highest paid basketball player - without a doubt - however you chose to make this move to the Heat LeBron. This was a choice.
I just wish he would have done what he did last year - play at an all time great level, and keep the meandering comments to minimum.
Here is the article:
LeBron James talks contracts
Updated: February 1, 2013, 3:47 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James doesn't think it's possible to be paid his actual value under the current NBA rules. Because of it, he said, he's been willing to "sacrifice" on his contracts.
"What I do on the floor shows my value. At the end of the day, I don't think my value on the floor can really be compensated for, anyways, because of the (collective bargaining agreement)," James said Friday ahead of the Miami Heat's game against the Pacers (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Indianapolis.
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"If you want the truth. If this was baseball, it'd be up, I mean way up there."
There is no salary cap in Major League Baseball. James, who took a pay cut to sign with the Heat in 2010, is making $17.5 million this season, tied for 13th-highest in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is first at $27.8 million.
In 2011, when he was asked what it would take to get him to play in Europe during the NBA's lockout, James speculated his play might be worth $50 million a year.
In the past several months, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies have traded star players because they were concerned about their salaries being too costly when a more stringent luxury tax arrives next season. The Thunder traded James Harden last fall, and the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay this week.
James and teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all took less than the maximum salary when they signed three years ago. That should enable the Heat to keep them together next season, even with the new tax rules. James doesn't believe they have gotten credit for that decision.
"I have not had a full max deal yet in my career -- that's a story untold," James said.
"I don't get (the credit) for it. That doesn't matter to me; playing the game is what matters to me. Financially, I'll sacrifice for the team. It shows for some of the top guys, it isn't all about money. That's the genuine side of this, it's about winning. I understand that."
Forbes recently estimated James earns $40 million per year in endorsements and sponsorships, thanks to deals with Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, State Farm and Samsung.
Bosh also is earning $17.5 million this season, while Wade is making $17.1 million. Had they taken max deals in 2010, each could have made just under $20 million this season. It would have cost the Heat an additional $8 million in luxury taxes, roughly $12 million next season, and they might not have been able to add players Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Shane Battier and Ray Allen to the roster.
The Heat, however, would be subject to what is known as the "repeater" tax starting in 2014-15 if they keep James, Wade and Bosh together because they would be over the luxury tax for four years in a row. In that case, the Heat would pay a tax rate that is currently more than four times the current dollar-for-dollar rate. James, Wade and Bosh do have opt-out clauses in their contracts in summer 2014, however.
"I think teams understand that you need three guys to do big things; the "big three" thing is pretty cool if you can get it," James said. "To keep teams like this together, you may have to take even less because of the new CBA. I guess we'll find out."
"Financially, I'll sacrifice for the team."
"Forbes recently estimated James earns $40 million per year in endorsements and sponsorships, thanks to deals with Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, State Farm and Samsung."
So... what's your problem?
I think Lebron sounds as bad as Randy Moss did the other day in this article...
I can't stand when players like Lebron mention sacrificing pay! The guy, by reading the article, is making 67.5 Million dollars a year...its one thing if you're a bench player with no endorsements but Damn! Lebron's probably top 5 paid athletes in the world..
He also says, "If you want the truth. If this was baseball, it'd be up, I mean way up there." and "At the end of the day, I don't think my value on the floor can really be compensated for anyways..." Talking about his contract...Even its the truth, how can you say that?!?! lol
Wow! Never rooted for Lebron but I've never disliked him either... another questionable decision to bring this up nonetheless..
Side note - In another article today, He's also said no way to ever doing the 3 point and slam dunk contest after Dwyane Wade apparently told him he should do it...whats his deal with this? Everybody thats anybody has done these contests!?!?
The real guys that sacrifice are the ones that work their ass off at practice every day knowing they won't get any playing time and every day could be their last on an NBA roster
Like this guy:
Yes, but he's got a first round contract, I wanna focus more on guys like Terrell Harris or Jae Crowder
i really believe that fans/people dont realize how good lebron is. put lebron in any time period (50s,60s,70s,80s,90s,now) and IMO hes the best player. someday people will have no choice but to say that he was the best to ever play. im not saying its clear to see but any1 who disagrees isnt looking at the big picture and how good this guy is
Wow that statement is BOLD, Chex Mix Bold
but i mean whos better? jordan? wilt? bill russel? none of them does it for me. i take lebron..just imagine lebron playing back in the day with jordan...he would &$#%#&@! EAT him alive
kobe says this nobody has a problem
Leron can lay claim to being entitled to be the highest paid player in the NBA but he can hardly claim hardship given his salary and being able to over double it in off court deals. Is he having a pop at Kobe I wonder and will any big team shy away from being a repeat tax offender if they had to break their roster up.
"I don't get (the credit) for it. That doesn't matter to me"
If it didn't matter to him, he wouldn't have brought it up. He obviously thinks he's doing something noble by *only* taking 17 million.
LeBron makes me cringe every time he speaks his mind...or when he speaks in general really.
I dont see why this is a big deal. Players dont set up these interviews. Reporters go out and ask players certain questions and report them. This same statement could very well started out with "Lebron James was asked several questions about his salary and how he felt about being the MVP but never having a max deal." Its all about who writes it and how far you look into it.
And another thing, its not about crying hardship or nothing like that. In the sports world, the better players get paid the most money. He's not complaining about being paid like a regular citizen. He's complaining about not being the highest paid NBA player. You cant read this article from a standpoint of Lebron has money, why is he complaining. If you were at your day job and working much harder than anyone else, getting pats on the back by your supervisor or boss everyday for the work you've done and is constantly getting crowned the best worker at the company, but you see a lot of people who dont do as nearly the amount of work you do but their salary is still much higher than yours, would you be happy just because you are fine financially? or would you feel like its not right because you're better and deserve to be paid more? I'd have to go with answer choice B. I dont think many of you could honestly diagree