20 Outrageous Quotes from the Miami Heat's LeBron James

Mike PickneyContributor IJune 15, 2011

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The NBA's most infamous personality has become a lightning rod for controversy.

The negative vibes toward LeBron James may not be completely deserved, but there's no denying these 20 quotes raised eyebrows and added fuel to the fire.

LeBron's first tweet ever

"Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building "Finally"."

On deferring to teammates

 "I can't defer. I'm never in defer mentality."

On humility

"LeBron stays humble just by being LeBron."

Regarding the mother of his child, Savannah

“A person like myself always needs a great sidekick."

On staying with the Cavaliers

“If I didn't believe in this team and this organization and the direction that we're headed, I wouldn't have signed the extension.”

"I don’t want to go "Ring - Chasing" as I call it, you know. Going to a team that’s already pretty established and trying to win a ring with them. I want to stay with the Cavs and build a champion."

"I’ve been a Cav for seven years now, and I’ve never given any indication I was leaving."

On leaving the Cavaliers

"I have the utmost respect for this franchise, the utmost respect for these fans, and you know, just continue the greatness for myself here in Miami and try to get better every day."

The Decision

"In this fall, man this is very though, in this fall, I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and play with the Miami Heat."

Why he didn't inform the Cavs of his decision to sign with the Heat

“The last day I wanted it to be about me.”

On making a donation to the Boys and Girls Club

"One day we might have another LeBron. Maybe."

On being criticized for The Decision

"Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"

On his life

"So until you understand who LeBron James is, LeBron James is in a win-win situation, and will continue to be in a win-win situation."

LeBron on Cleveland

"We didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day."

On his family

"But I mean, even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court."

LeBron's Tweeter Bio

"King of Akron"

On haters

"Today is Hater Day. Everyone please let them get their 2 mins of fame and light! I Love You Haters. Continue to make me proud of u guys! LOL"

On his Nike shoes being higher priced than Kobe's

"Because it's LeBron's shoe. It is, it's got my name on it.''

On losing the NBA title

"The Greater Man upstairs know when it's my time. Right now isn't the time."

When asked if it bothered him to have people root against him

"Absolutely not. Because at the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today.

"I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They have to get back to the real world at some point."


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