The GOAT debate is one that will never stop as long as the NBA keeps going. Is it Jordan? Is it LeBron? is it Kobe? In an article that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote for Newsweek, he pointed out how LeBron goes beyond the 'GOAT' argument and how he is a hero.
LeBron’s sheer athleticism motivates young players to reach for a high standard of physical preparedness. His physical dominance isn’t just genetic luck; he is dedicated and disciplined in his workout and diet, often rising at 5 a.m. to begin exercising, which he does five days a week off-season, and seven days a week during the season. His routine includes everything from a step-climber, spin classes, Pilates and weights to hot tubs, cold tubs and a liquid nitrogen chamber. Just reading about his relentless routine makes me want to drop and pump out 50 pushups.
Kareem went on to talk about how James built up the I Promise school in Akron and how LeBron takes a stance on social justice and equality to set an example for young people everywhere.
To laud anyone as a cultural hero, that person would also have to embody as well as promote some of the core values of that culture. LeBron has done that through his outspoken political and social advocacy, especially in support of racial equality. But beyond just talking, he has taken positive actions to better the community and country. This was demonstrated when Fox News’ Laura Ingraham famously reacted to an interview with LeBron in which he discussed, among many other topics, politics, by complaining, “It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. Keep the political comments to yourselves. … Shut up and dribble.”
Instead of just engaging in a social media war, he turned her lame insult into a three-part documentary series for Showtime called Shut Up and Dribble, which explores the evolving role of athletes in today’s divisive political climate. Over the years, LeBron has added his voice to the many athletes of conscience who wish to call attention to social injustices in order to eradicate them.
We many people look at the numbers, championships, all-star appearances, Kareem broke it down for fans in very simple terms.
“But LeBron James is the hero this generation has thrown up the pop chart. “It’s a place he clearly has earned, and we’re all better off for him being there.”
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