It isn’t always easy to be around a guy who is obsessed with being the GOAT. Just ask LeBron James.
In a recent “Road Trippin’” podcast on his Uninterrupted website, James offered an apology to his wife, Savannah, for his focus and self-absorption in addition to divulging what makes him cry and what he learned from a popular novel.
“I am addicted to the process. I’m addicted to the process,” James told teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye and Cavs sideline reporter Allie Clifton. “It’s so funny. I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her. She was like ‘What are you apologizing for?’
“I said, ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. … I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game, there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are — my babies — are.’ ”
Savannah Brinson, who attended the same high school as James, married him in 2013 and called herself “his support system” in an interview with Essence in which she described how their long relationship has worked.
“If he needs someone to listen to him. If he needs to talk or if he says, ‘Hey babe, I’m tired. Can I take a nap?’ I will say, ‘Yeah, baby. Take a nap,’ and keep the kids occupied. It’s a part of the role that I play as the mother of his kids [Bronny, 12; Bryce Maximum, 9; and Zhuri, 2] and being his wife.
“The balance that I create in our house is for his success. He is very busy and I understand that, and the kids are at the age now that they get it. Being there for him is a huge part of his success.”
Another part is having a softer side. “Real men cry,” he admitted in the podcast and he said he is especially vulnerable during “The Lion King” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” episode in which Will’s father shows up, then leaves. “Every single time, I shed a tear,” James said. “It could come from obviously me being part of a single-parent household and never seeing my father and things growing up when I was a kid, but it’s just an emotional part.”
James also talked about the novel “The Alchemist” and what he has taken from it.
“The whole thing about empowerment of yourself and having your visions become a reality and the more and more that you dream and actually talk about something that you want to do, it can become true,” James said. “That was one of the one things I got out of it. As complex as that book is and as deep as that book is — it is so, so deep — I was able to figure out a way to translate it to my life at that point in time where I was like, oh I can remember when I was the 11-year-old kid and I was telling myself ‘Why me?’ some days and I was always telling myself ‘Okay, let’s change the narrative of why me, why us, why are we put in this position? Let’s change the narrative.’ ”