LeBron Quotes

The definitive LeBron quote – proof that LeBron is a complete asshole by any objective measure:

“All the people that were rooting for me to fail… at the end of the day, tomorrow they have to wake up and have the same life that (they had) before they woke up today,” James said. “They got the same personal problems they had today. And I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do.”

UPDATE: Here are some really good links to LeBron quotes around the web:

The List

LeBron Quote Compendium

LeBron’s 12 Dumbest Quotes

LeBron’s Quotes at ThinkExist

20 Outrageous LeBron Quotes

Superhero Basketball Quotes

LeBron Quotes from “The Decision”

Crazy Quotes by LeBron James

Search LeBron Quotes

And here is all the old stuff, including whatever quotes people have posted in the comments:

As you can see, I’ve simply put up the old quotes page from the original ihatelebronjames.com.  Unfortunately, these quotes are quite a bit out of date.  A lot has happened since I first created this page.  For starters, LeBron’s arrogance has increased tenfold.  He’s won an MVP award.  He’s formed some kind of bizarre business partnership with a rapper.  He’s whorishly courted the entire city of New York in the media.  He’s even gotten in a feud with a little kid rapper and DeShawn Stevenson.  Hell – he’s even won a gold medal in the Olympics.  Bottom line – he’s more unbearable than ever and that’s clearly reflected in the shit that’s been coming out of his mouth.  I could never hope to catch up with on my own.  That’s where you guys come in.  Now that the site has been converted into a proper blog, you, my loyal readers, can add to this collection at your leisure.  Since most of these original quotes came from your emails in the first place, I’m sure that this page can – and will – become the definitive, comprehensive collection of LeBron quotes on the world wide web as you guys take over.  I’m confident that whenever LeBron opens his big mouth and spews some idiotic nonsense, you guys will be all over it and post it for all to read.  Try to reference the origin of the quote where possible. Knock yourselves out!

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM AND ABOUT THE GREATEST HUMAN BEING THAT HAS EVER LIVED (publication of origin provided where possible):

Quotes from LeBron:

“I’m only one guy,” James said. “I took Hedo in the first game and Rashard made the shot. I took Rashard in the second game and Hedo made the shot.

“If I could clone myself, we’d be all right. But I can’t.”

– LeBron, wishing he could replace his teammates with clones of himself

“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them,” he said. “I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”

– LeBron, miserably failing to apologize for failing to congratulate Dwight Howard after the Cavs were eliminated from the conference finals (LeBron ran directly into the locker room at the buzzer)

“A LeBron James team is never desperate.” – LeBron James, referring to himself in the third person

“You know, softball is the other sport I do besides basketball.”

“I don’t want to be Kobe, I want to be LeBron.”
Maybe he’s not a *complete* scumbag…

“A lot of players know how to play the game, but they really don’t know how to play the game, if you know what I mean. They can put the ball in the hoop, but I see things before they even happen. You know how a guy can make his team so much better? That’s one thing I learned from watching Jordan.”

“Sometimes the coaches tell me to be selfish, but my game won’t let me be selfish.”
That’s like going to a job interview and answering the “what is your greatest weakness” question with “my greatest weakness is that I don’t have a weakness.”

“I’m under a super microscope. I’ve got my friends to keep me cool. As long as you’ve got friends, you’ve got nothing to worry about.”
Say goodbye to your friends and say hello to your bloated, sycophantic entourage.  Maybe you should talk to MC Hammer about this one…

“I’m like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man.”
Even more humility.

Basketball Man:

LeBron James with mask

“I love sharing the ball with my teammates. I see a lot of things before my teammates see them.”
If LeBron’s teammates don’t see “a lot of things,” how do they get into position and avoid getting hit in the back of the head by LeBron’s passes?

“I just do what I got to do and go out and be myself, on and off the court, and take care of my obligations. That’s generally your own destiny—knowing what you have to take care of.”

“You can’t let nobody run your train.”
I could make some horrible joke about Kobe here.  Oh wait, I just did.

“I hope I can help guys coming out of high school, if they need advice. I know the ins and outs of everything.”
Step 1: get yourself hyped as the second coming of Jesus. Step 2: make millions of dollars from Nike before playing in a single game. Step 3: Act like a condescending prick.

“Ask me to play. I’ll play.
Ask me to shoot. I’ll shoot.
Ask me to pass. I’ll pass.
Ask me to steal, block out, sacrifice, lead, dominate.
But it’s not what you ask of me.
It’s what I ask of myself.”
He’s like a superhero – Basketball Man.

“I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.”

The LeBrons - fancy Lebron

“I’m the next O.J.,”
I don’t even know what the hell this is supposed to mean.  Either he’s planning on racking up monster stats on a shitty team that never wins anything (hmmm…), brutally murdering a couple people, or becoming a shameless Uncle Tom sellout that plays golf with fat old white guys all day long.

“I am just happy to be part of the Nike family.”

“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been the best player. I love being a leader, and I love being the best. I just want to get better. It’s not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It’s just how I am.”  (USA Today, Nov. 21, 2005)

“Once you become a professional athlete or once you do anything well, then you’re automatically a role model … I have no problem being a role model. I love it. I have kids looking up to me and hopefully I inspire these kids to do good things.”  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 10, 2005)

“I’ve always been a leader. I’ve always kind of been the tallest person on the team when I was younger but always kind of the smartest. I was ahead of my time. I wasn’t always the oldest, I kind of was the youngest on the team, but, I kind of knew what to do at times.”
This shit is profound.

“I hear that word pressure all the time. There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.”

“In the next 15 or 20 years, I hope I’ll be the richest man in the world. That’s one of my goals. I want to be a billionaire. I want to get to a position where generation on generation don’t have to worry about nothing. I don’t want family members from my kids to my son’s kids to never have to worry. And I can’t do that now just playing basketball.”  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 10, 2005)
“I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.”  LIES.  Plus, this quote pretty much proves how outrageously bloated LeBron’s ego has become.  Richest man in the world?  Really?

“It’s hard to win in the league, because every team is good, they got players on their team. A lot harder than high school. It’s competitive, and that’s what I most love about it.”

“Sometimes in the past when I played something might make me lose focus, or I would go home after a game where I thought I could have played better and I would let it hang over my head for a long time when it shouldn’t. But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man.”  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 10, 2005)
…into a big crybaby?  I wonder if his kid makes that same pathetic whining, crying, pouting face LeBron does when he doesn’t get everything he wants…

“It looks positive at this point. I haven’t talked with Mr. Colangelo, but we should be making this announcement within a week or so.”

-LeBron in an interview prior to be notified if he had made the US National Team roster or not.

The next couple of quotes perfectly demonstrate what kind of hypocrite LeBron is.  He accepts his image of a humble, respectful newcomer to the league, is praised in accordance with this image, but then goes and says the same kind of disrespectful and nasty crap that other “unsportsman-like” players get publicly bashed for.

After the final game in the Wizards/Cavaliers playoff series, from a Michael Wilbon article in the Washington Post:

“The 31-foot shot was such a stunner, LeBron James said it ‘felt like the Titanic …like the ship was almost sunk,’ even though the game was tied. ‘He shot it from the ESPN booth, from where Hubie Brown and those guys were sitting. It was an unbelievable shot.’

What he actually said to/about Gilbert Arenas during the game:

“After the first miss, James walked to the foul line, put his hand on Arenas’s shoulder and said, ‘If you miss both of those free throws, the game is over.’

James walked back to the bench, and hundreds of people sitting nearby saw him wave his hand in front of his throat and say to his teammates that Arenas was a ‘[bleeping] wimp.'”
Holy crap.  All I can think about is what a class act that LeBron James is.  A role model, for sure.  WTF?!  He feigns respect for another player in front of the camera, only to say some vicious and obnoxious shit about him in front of his home crowd.  PS: to all Washington fans at that game – not only did you allow LeBron to do that ridiculous talcum-powder clap thing without booing him out of the place, you allowed him to do the throat-slash gesture and call Gilbert a “bleeping wimp.”  Good work.

Plus, isn’t touching a player at the foul line a technical foul?  Isn’t doing the throat slash gesture a technical foul?  Guess not when LeBron does it. LeBron is mean as hell:

LeBron's mean face

Quotes about Lebron:

“That was a travel.”
-TNT Analyst Charles Barkley, commenting on LeBron’s first-even playoff game-winner

“If I were a general manager there are only four or five NBA players that I wouldn’t trade to get him right now.”
-Former NBA player and coach Danny Ainge
Remember when that guy from the 76ers slapped you right in the face and you didn’t do one little thing about it?  Yeah, it’s fun to throw inbounds passes in people’s faces until they straight-up bitch-slap you.  Clearly, you don’t know anything except how to carry Barkley’s water.

“At this age LeBron is better than anybody I’ve ever seen in 37 years in this business, including Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady. I’m willing to bet my company’s millions that he will meet those high expectations.”
-adidas recruiter Sonny Vaccaro, prior to LeBron signing a record sponsorship deal with Nike
So he’s better than Jordan and Magic Johnson, too?  Wow.  Larry Bird?  Still think that now that you got the shaft and Nike got LeBron? Also, it was real nice of you to dump on Garnett, who actually did sign a deal with your company.

“We’re best friends. I brought him up to be his own man, to make good decisions. He hasn’t let me down.”
-LeBron’s mother Gloria

“He doesn’t want it for the money or for the fame like everybody thinks. He wants to play [in the NBA] because that’s his dream.”

“He’s the best high school player I’ve ever seen. I’m very guarded about saying that, because the last thing he needs is more hype. But I have never seen a better one.”
-Akron Beacon Journal columnist Terry Pluto
Apparently, you’re not that guarded, asshole.  Way to live in Akron.

“I believe LeBron James would start on any NBA team today.”
-NBA and college great Bill Walton

“He’s not intimidated by anyone. He has that swagger that most of the great ones have.”
-Cavaliers coach Paul Silas
Hey Paul Silas – way to get fired in the middle of the season.

“I watch him every chance I get. I’m a big fan of his—what he stands for, how he conducts himself, how he’s such a team player. He tries to play the right way. We don’t have enough of that in the NBA.”
-Pistons coach Larry Brown
Oh, okay.  Larry Brown knows all about teamwork.  He forged one of the most closely-knit teams in the history of the NBA, the 2005-2006 New York Knicks.

“He seems to be an awfully nice kid. He seems to be shouldering the responsibilities well, and he seems to be understanding that his game can speak for itself. He hasn’t disappointed us.”
-NBA Commissioner David Stern
From the man who established the NBA’s official mandate to prove LeBron is the greatest player ever by giving him the calls right off that bat that it took Jordan years and years to get.

“He’s the exception to almost every rule. His maturity is the thing that’s the most startling about him. His basketball sense has gotten him to where he is.”
-Nuggets head coach George Karl
George Karl:

George Karl loves LeBron James

“Forget the talent and the athletic ability, it’s his maturity that’s light-years ahead.”
-Celtics head coach Doc Rivers

“He’s the quickest study I’ve ever been around. He knows immediately when he makes a mistake.”
-Cavs head coach Paul Silas

“Like I told the guys earlier, once he turns 21 and is able to drink, it’s over.”
-Jalen after LeBron scored 56 on the Raptors
I love Jalen Rose.  Somebody should make ilovejalenrose.com.


71 Responses to “LeBron Quotes”

  1. Yeshin yo June 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Lol this site is desperate! So insecure about lbj bein the best basketball player at his generation. Get a life dude! Be a life guard or somethin. Lol

  2. Yeshin yo June 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Try to google his achievements then we can talk. Smh

  3. Fredge June 22, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Seriously after reading Lebron James pushed a kid in a wheel chair out of the way so he can go by I can’t stand that arrogant a**hole. He also told the reporters to get the F out of his face last night. Lebron James if we lost all forms of entertainment what would you have?? You aren’t shit.

  4. Truth June 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    ring #2. game getting better. Lebron > you hater

  5. Nick August 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Some of these quotes have no real base to them to suggest that he is all of the things you describe him to be (you know what).

  6. LebronLoverrr October 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm #


  7. Joey June 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Lebron James you are a disgrace to the new era of pathetic NBA basketball. Left your own hometown who you promised would bring a title to so you can live in Miami and take the easy way out in winning a title. Was it worth it? Couldn’t you be the hero your hometown wanted you to be. Pathetic!

  8. John Portnoy June 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    “All the people that were rooting for me to fail”

    He’s criticizing assholes for being assholes. I don’t see how that also makes him an asshole. He’s right. Those haters are not going to improve their lives by wishing for him to be miserable.

  9. Jared Hater November 5, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    After Miami lost to Dallas in the finals, Lebron said, “This is only year one.” Either Lebron thought the Heat were an expansion team that year, or he is so self-absorbed that he would like everyone to dismiss the efforts and accomplishments of all previous Miami players and coaches, in favor of counting years in terms of his arrival.

  10. Hope Brandt December 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Why do you people hate LeBron James so much? I’m a basketball player too and hating someone is not the way to solve the problem. 11 Hope

  11. Nicole S. December 31, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    I think your a heart less worth less creature. Who NEVER DESERVED TO BE IN THE NBA. I hope God repays for all the horrible wrongs you’ve done to me and other innocent women!!!!!!

  12. nicole S. December 31, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    I think your a heart less worth creature who doesn’t deserve to be in the NBA,. I hope God repays you and gives you what you truly deserve.

  13. Steve June 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Oh, how the mighty (one) has fallen. … Mr. I’m-the-Greatest-Basketball-Player-in-the-Universe might want to add to his self-declared greatness after losing the championship to the Golden State Warriors by adding a little virtue the rest of us call humility to his vast array of most excellent qualities. I’m glad you lost. Your ego is insufferable and ugly.

  14. It's NOT Lebron, It's LeBROIDS June 18, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    This year LeBROIDS started the sour grapes comments even before the game 6 loss to Golden State (which they deserved to win with their skill, depth and ball movement)by proclaiming “I’m the best player in the world” um, yeah, whatever LeBROIDS. Lemme clue you in on a little something…

    When your career began, people were curious, impressed, even awed by your talent and abilities…but the more the personality behind the talent emerged, the more people began to step back and associate the growing number of smug narcissistic comments attributable to you with your game, which now looks less like basketball and more like bully-ball.

    Oh sure….you can put up numbers….bashing your left arm into defender’s ribs, knocking them aside as you freight train your way to the rack like a steaming gorilla during mating season. You get the benefit of being able to play your style of bully ball because the ADVERTISERS PAID to have you out there…NOT because you’re so friggin’ “special”.

    And why do they want you out there? More now than ever, it’s because every great story needs a villain that everyone hopes will LOSE, and YOU sir are HE.

    Look at the size of your head from high school to now man, you’re JUICING. You got BALCO on SPEED DIAL. You probably ride bikes with LANCE ARMSTRONG. Your JAWBONE looks like a TOILET SEAT. You are CHEATING and sooner or later it’s GOING TO COME OUT.

    Ever hear of Karma? Well, maybe there’s a reason two of your most needed teammates became disabled just before the time you needed them most. Maybe, just maybe God or Karma or whatever you call the power that keeps the universe in balance wanted you to learn a hard lesson…A-GAIN…about what happens when one man considers himself more important, more special, and more significant than *everyone else* he is being showcased with. But you won’t learn. Guys like you never do.

    I look forward to seeing Goliath lose to David as many more times as you’re willing to step into the arena!

  15. F July 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Lebron sure “loves him some him.”

  16. coolmath12 November 20, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    Hey people yall need to don’t mess with lebron james what is wrong with you lebron is good i bet you guys are because you are not like him lebron james is my number 1 fan in basketball. By to the haters of lebron james

  17. Andre Igoudala March 16, 2016 at 3:31 am #

    Have fun being my bitch again come June

  18. Nate May 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    Lebron lost in the finals to the mavericks a team that had nobody who could guard him and yet he still lost because he choked and kept the ball instead of giving it to wade or bosh both great players, Wade even being proven clutch from the 06 season

  19. Anonymous June 7, 2016 at 6:27 pm #


  20. LeBron sucks June 17, 2016 at 4:31 am #

    I hate LeBron and all cause he is always so smug and cocky but don’t hate too much cause it gets out of hand.I like Steph Curry way better than LeBron tho.

  21. gaurav yadav July 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    lebron james is the king…..whatever you say ……he wins one for cavs on his own…..michel jordon was a shit who was not able to carry the team to nba final without pippen…..
    lebron was in the nba final at the age of 22 in 2007 with bunch of no names, on the other hand jordon at the age of 22 was a no name playing in a college with no names.

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