Pro athlete superstars are arguably among the most well known names on the planet, and are idolized and given the “hero” treatment by those who hang on every record they break and game they win. Currently the NBA’s biggest star, and one of the best ballers to ever play, Lebron James has made headlines for all the right reasons – Jesus.
During a post game interview last week Lebron was asked about the status of his team’s play and whether getting some of his Cavalier teammates back would improve Cleveland’s play.
Without skipping a beat, the forward responded, “When you get your guys back, you prepare just as you prepare before. There’s only one guy ever in the world that everything will be all right when He comes back and that’s Jesus Christ. Other than that, you can’t bank on nobody being OK.”
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These comments came as a surprise for many as James normally remains reserved and is not very outgoing about personal matters such as faith. Often these larger than life athletes stick to a script of saying the “right” things and trying not to make noise with anything deemed controversial. However in this instance, James decided to flip the script and give a little look into his faith.
For a Christian these comments may not be a huge deal, and hearing Lebron mention Jesus is not necessarily newsworthy, but it is something commendable because of his status. Perhaps James’ loosening up was inspired by his peer Steph Curry’s very vocal Christianity.
Since arriving in the league James has drawn comparisons of “God-like” play on the court. One of his nicknames is in fact “King James.” However, he has been known to dismiss the praise of his abilities. “I’m nowhere near close [to God],” he once said according to townhall.com. In another instance he said, “The grace of God above, He gave me this athleticism.”
Photo by David Shankbone.
What do you think about Lebron’s recent display of faith? Do you think he’s beginning to open up, or was it just a one off comment?