I don't want to speculate here, but I have to imagine that this quote was taken out of context. Not because I think LeBron is incapable of saying it, but because if it were true than Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love would have already thrown a game late in the 4th quarter just to get their temperamental tweeting teammate the fuck out of the town. If I learned anything about LeBron over the years it's that one setback would never cause him to quit basketball. What would he do in this situation? I don't know. If I had to guess I would say he'd immediately announce he was transferring to Kentucky via a 1-on-1 sit-down on ESPN, start recruiting all the best in-bounders in the nation, coast to a National Championship or two, and transfer back to Northern Iowa for his senior season after they had fully recovered. Come on. You think a guy with the talents of LeBron James - who is 2-4 in the NBA finals - can't handle a bad loss? You think he would let that cost him his career? How else would he quench his undying thirst for attention if he retired early? Much like winning a championship for Cleveland, saying you'd quit basketball is far easier than actually quitting basketball. So no, I don't doubt that these words came out of LeBron's mouth, but - just like everything else he has ever said since joining the NBA - I do doubt the sincerity of them.
P.S. I don't want to go the "what about the kids?" route, but what an example for one of the best basketball players in the world to be setting for the youth of America. If at first you don't succeed, never let your face be seen on a basketball court again. Can't wait until his stupid son's team blows a 14 point lead in a minute and a half so he can tell me it's all about persevering. Fucking hypocrite.
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