LeBron James Apologized To His Wife For Being Too “Addicted” To Greatness
LeBron James is addicted to being the best basketball player to ever walk the earth. He has spent almost a decade and a half now playing in the NBA, and even though he’s slowly creeping closer and closer to the end of his career, he still puts in the time and effort that’s necessary when you’re chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan like LeBron has said he’s doing in the past. If anything, LeBron has to work even harder now than he used to because he can no longer rely on simply being more athletic than everyone else in the league. He has to use a combination of his physical and mental tools to set himself apart from his competitors.
In order to continue to get better, LeBron spends the majority of his “free” time working on his craft. And during an appearance on the Road Trippin’ podcast this week, he said that he actually spends so much time on it that he recently apologized to his wife Savannah. It seems he feels guilty about putting his family life on the back burner for basketball, so he wanted to say sorry to her for making the sport his priority more often than not.
“I am addicted to the process,” he said. “It’s so funny. I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her. She was like, ‘What are you apologizing for?’ I said, ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing…I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game, there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are—my babies are.”
LeBron didn’t say how his wife reacted to that, but it’s interesting to hear him talk about how he feels his commitment to greatness has negatively impacted other aspects of his life. All indications are that LeBron is great dad and husband, but it’s clear he also feels he’s had to shortchange his family in certain situations in order to get better on the basketball court.
This is yet another reminder that professional athletes are, in many ways, just like the rest of us. They may have millions of dollars, fancy cars, and big houses, but deep down, they’re struggling with the same issues, like life/work balance, that many of us are. It might change the way you look at them and how they go about conducting themselves both on and off the court.