It’s been quite publicized that during this offseason, LeBron has been touring the world while promoting his film More Than A Game. He’s also been doing lots of interviews, which inevitably means he’s asked many, many times what he’s going to do next summer.
It’s absolutely up to LeBron to do what LeBron wants this offseason (which, by the way, is exactly how he would say that sentence in the third person) – he’s free to do as he wants. He’s played in offseason pickup leagues with Jordan Crawford, Gilbert Arenas, and plenty of other folks. He’s off until October, when training camp kicks off for the NBA. It’s his first real summer off in a while, considering his past commitments with Team USA.
But to me the question is this: can he be doing more -
If you look around the league, there are plenty of guys that are out of the spotlight, and then there are guys like Kevin Durant who are making bloggers’ dreams come true while playing at the Berry Courts in DC. Yes, it’s a rec league – but it’s competition at least.
I know LeBron is playing “pickup” games while on tour, and coach Chris Jent is traveling with him. There are a lot of things at play here – he’s got a summer off for the first time in a while. He had a surgery early this summer. He’s got a film to promote. But sometimes I wonder if he’s working as hard as he has in the past, or whether he’s getting a bit complacent, having won a league MVP award.
He’s got plenty of detractors already, but this may just feed the fire a bit. Reading the NikeBasketball Twitter account is almost sickening – even to a LeBron fan like myself. Tweets along the lines of “The King has taken the court in Paris!!!!!!” are pretty ridiculous IMO. We need Killer LeBron this coming year if we’re going to see the Cavs win a championship. Right now, we’ve got Salesman LeBron, and I must say I’m not much of a fan.