Are we taking LeBron James for granted?

LeBron James is the most under-appreciated superstar of our generation, yet his greatness keeps shining on and off the court.

By: Jonathan Goad

Everyone knows how great LeBron James is on the basketball court.

NBA Career averages:

  • 27.2 points
  • 7.4 rebounds
  • 7.2 assists
  • 50.4 percent shooting
  • Three-time NBA Champion
  • Three-time Finals MVP
  • Four-time NBA MVP
  • 14-time All-Star
  • Six-time All-Defensive team

The list goes on and on. When his career is over, he may be the greatest basketball player of all time.

What gets overshadowed by his on-court greatness is what he does off of it. In today’s world of social media, you would think that he’s been seen messing up or getting into some kind of trouble. That’s not him.

The list of players that have a similar background as LeBron is extensive. Unfortunately, the list of those players who have gotten in some kind of trouble is also quite long.

LeBron is the perfect role model.

Not only does he dominate on the court, he gives back to his community because he doesn’t want kids to grow up as he did.

He just opened a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio

This is unbelievable. Just look at what he’s providing. A bike to every kid, two meals and a snack, a food pantry for the kids’ families, and job placement help for the kids’ parents. And for every kid who graduates, they get tuition to the University of Akron.

Has anyone in sports ever given back as much as LeBron is? Seriously, I’d love to know.
I honestly don’t think we appreciate what a legend LeBron has become. His one “bad” move? The “Decision,” which by the way, LeBron had the proceeds from ads donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Find 20 minutes to watch LeBron’s interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN. It’s well worth your time.

LeBron seems sincere about the I Promise School being his most significant achievement. I buy it and you should too. He’s humble enough to know that his impact goes well beyond what he does in the NBA.

He’s just a good dude. Critics keep waiting on him to slip up so they can tear him down. Keep waiting. It’s not going to happen.

LeBron talks about his platform in the interview; using his fame as superstars should. He uses his voice to promote the things he believes in.

But he doesn’t make a scene of it. You won’t see LeBron taking a knee during the National Anthem, even though he may disagree with some of the social issues in our country.

He puts his family first, even before basketball. LeBron has repeatedly stated that his decision to move to L.A. was what’s best for his family.

Speaking of his family, LeBron married his high school sweetheart and had three kids with her. He doesn’t have a bunch of kids with a bunch of random hookups. He’s a family man first and foremost.

LeBron James

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If I had a kid, I would hope that he or she looked up to LeBron James as a role model.

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Haters, stop hating. There is nothing to dislike about LeBron James. He’s excellent on the court and even better off of the court.

Let’s appreciate what he has given not only to the sport of basketball but to humankind.

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