This year LeBron used books to keep his game face on. Surely, you’ve noticed the videotape of LeBron reading books before every game the past two months. Biographies, history, pop culture, best sellers, short books that explore human psychology, you name it. LeBron lying on the floor reading “The Hunger Games.” LeBron sitting at his locker reading “The Pact,” about three boys from challenging circumstances agreeing to finish college and attend medical school. It seems every time James was photographed before or after a game this spring, he was reading a book.
“It just slows my mind down…it just gives me another outlet. Throughout the playoffs, all you think about is basketball. All you want to do is play basketball.
At the same time, it can become a lot. It can come 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 and you prepare every single day.
The reading gave me an opportunity to, just for those couple hours of the day or those 25 minutes before the game, 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.”
LeBron used a great strategy for picking out his books. He asked his friend Maverick Carter. Maverick loves to read and keeps a book list on his PDA.
I wish LeBron has asked me!!
Congratulations on the championship Miami Heat,