LeBron James is a man that you don’t really need to piss off or motivate to get the very best out of him. He’s going to bring it on the court, regardless.
With that being said, some extra motivation from the haters doesn’t hurt. Here’s what LeBron had to say about some of that motivation he received this summer (transcribed from interview with Spectrum SportsNet):
(On not needing extra motivation)
But I got some this summer. But I’m not going to talk about it, I wish I could elaborate more, my mom told me “Don’t talk about it, be about it”. There’s some motivation for me. There was a lot of conservations going on this summer and I just…I’m just very quiet, very quiet. And I’m going to maintain (being) quiet, but I am very motivated
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) September 27, 2019
Did you hear that sound? That was the sound of the rest of the NBA shuttering at the thought of an extra motivated LeBron James.
The extra motivation that LeBron James is talking about is the doubts he has heard from the NBA world. Many are starting to wonder if The King still has some extra juice left in the tank. It’s not so much as people thinking he’s not good, but more so people doubting whether or not he’s still one of the best players in the NBA. Just the other day ESPN announced the final top ten of their NBArank top 100, which had LeBron James at third being Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Anthony Davis was fifth). This was the first time LeBron James wasn’t listed number one since ESPN started the NBArank top 100 prior to the 2011-12 season.
Say whatever you will about LeBron’s placement in that list, I’m sure he hears the doubters when they speak his name. Lakers fans should be excited by him getting all of this bulletin board material, as he will hopefully unleash it in the form of an MVP-type season this year.