LeBron James

Title-hungry: LeBron James’ mentality stays the same

Delfin Dioquino
Title-hungry: LeBron James’ mentality stays the same

LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

'This is a different year with a different challenge, a different obstacle so you have to adjust to that and have that growth mindset,' says LeBron James as the NBA season restarts

LeBron James has his eyes fixed on the grand prize despite being away from the NBA for more than 4 months.

The Los Angeles Lakers star underlined the need to be adaptable as they continue their championship hunt with the NBA season restarting in a bubble in Orlando, Florida.

“I think every season has its own challenges and its own obstacles. We have to adjust to it,” James said.

“This is a different year with a different challenge, a different obstacle so you have to adjust to that and have that growth mindset.”

James and the Lakers were considered heavy favorites to make the NBA Finals as they led the Western Conference with a 49-14 record before the season got suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That was probably a big reason why James – arguably the most influential player in the league – called for the NBA season to finish.

“Every year is going to have some things that you have to adjust to that you may not be ready for or you may be ready for and it is the same with [the 2019-2020 season],” James said.

“The mentality for me has not changed even though we had the layoff and the pandemic hit and we had to go to a cancelation of our season for a few months,” he added.

While in lockdown, James relished the chance of staying at home and spending quality time with his family.

A star who drew national attention since he was a player for the St Vincent – St Mary High School, James traveled across the country constantly for two decades to play basketball.

“It was the first time I had the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time at home with my family. Other than that, I’ve been travelling since I was 15 years old so that is over 20 years,” James said.

“Just to have that everyday seeing my wife, seeing my kids, being home, being present, that was a blessing.” – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.