LeBron James on Reading

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LeBron James, possibly the best basketball player in the world today, averaged about 18 points per game in the NBA Finals last season. This year he is averaging 29 points per game! What’s his secret?


In his commentary for ESPN, LeBron James, Open BookMichael Wilbon discusses the media speculation over LeBrons very public reading habits over the last couple of months. Whether he was being sponsored by authors or publishers . . .

However, LeBron says he sought to simply find a calm place before each game from which to operate:

“It just slows my mind down. It gives me another outlet. Throughout the playoffs, all you think about is basketball. All you want to do is play basketball. But at the same time it can become a lot. It can [get] to a point where it’s overloading to the mind, and you think about it too much. It’s hard to get away from it because you’re playing every other day, you talk about it every single day, you prepare every single day. So the reading has given me an opportunity to, just for those couple hours of the day or those 20 minutes, 25 minutes before the game, an opportunity just to read and think about something else and get a sense of what else is going on besides the game of basketball. It’s made me comfortable. I’m not saying it’s the trick. It’s just something that I decided to do at the beginning of the postseason, and it’s worked for me.”

Two days ago LeBron James and his team Maimi Heat won the 2012 NBA Finals.

If LeBron is reading, then reading is cool. What a wonderful message from one of the world’s top sports people.

Source: Michael Wilbon, ESPN


  1. #1 by literarykitty on June 25, 2012 - 2:12 PM

    How nice to hear! 🙂

  2. #2 by Steph on June 27, 2012 - 3:06 AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m always looking for new pictures of “famous people reading”. Great to have a sports star!

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