LeBron James: 'Winning Is a Drug. And It's Something That I Want'

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

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Leave it to celebrities to come up with interesting definitions of the word "drug." 

According to Merriam-Webster.com, there are two main explanations behind the four-letter noun: 

  1. A substance that is used as a medicine.
  2. An illegal and often harmful substance (such as heroin, cocaine, LSD or marijuana) that people take for pleasure.

Pretty bland stuff, right? Well, drugs aren't technically bland, but the definitions certainly are, at least until you turn to the famous people. 

A few years back, we had Ke$ha claiming that "your love" is what makes up a drug, and now LeBron James has a different interpretation, per B/R's Ethan Skolnick: 


And he wants more of it? Hasn't he already had enough?

After all, King James has done nothing but win over the last few years. After his Miami Heat bowed out during the 2011 NBA Finals at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, he's racked up victory after victory. The Heat have claimed both subsequent championships while consistently posting one of the best records in basketball, and he's won each MVP award. 

Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James holds the MVP trophy and the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 95-88
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Pick a team, any team. 

Whatever squad you named, it has fewer wins than the Heat over the last three seasons (through Jan. 29, when James blessed the world with his new definition). Miami has won 176 contests from 2011-12 to the present, including the playoffs. 

The San Antonio Spurs? 166. 

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The Oklahoma City Thunder? 161. 

The Indiana Pacers? 143.

No one can match the total produced by LeBron's squad. Oh, and you can throw in a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as well.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today wrote after the Heat's 2013 title:

James needs time off mentally and physically. He has played in three consecutive NBA Finals in addition to an Olympic gold medal in 2012.

If winning really is a drug, it must be one of the addictive ones.

Of course, if that's true, the Heat are certainly hoping James hasn't become immune to its effects as they gear up for yet another collision course with the Indiana Pacers on their quest to three-peat. 

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