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What Makes Lebron Tick? April 30, 2010

Posted by Dori in New Books, Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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With the Cleveland Cavaliers on their way to an NBA Championship and the question hovering in the air of whether their star player, Lebron James, will be around next season, this is the perfect time to read the new Gray & Company biography of James entitled Lebron James: The Making of an MVP. Given to us by the publisher to review and written by Plain Dealer sportswriters Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst, this biography of James combines details of his life, along with tons of insider basketball facts (a whole chapter on “Free Throws” anyone?), a slew of photos and lots of personality.

From the first pages, Pluto and Windhorst emphasize that James’ talent lies not just in his physical gifts, but also in his grasp of the importance of self-discipline, teamwork, structure and humility. Using interviews and stories, they explain that these values began in his youth as a response to his chaotic early life. They were strengthened by his loving relationship with his mother, his close and consistent friendships and mentoring by coaches and teachers throughout his high school career. Later, after the Cavs drafted him, his relationships with Coaches Paul Silas and Mike Brown and various teammates continued to give him stability and guidance.

Chapters about his successful football career in high school, the influence of and comparisons to Michael Jordan, his rookie year, his Olympic experience and his media savvy flesh out the personal portrait of James. Let’s, though, not leave out the basketball stats. As mentioned above, there is a chapter on James’ free throw shooting, another on his outside shot and another on his workout routine, including his poolside yoga.  Throughout the book there are insets called “MVP Season Moments” that offer game insights and “The Lebron File” which outline fun personal and statistical facts – did you know that one of Lebron’s favorite movies is Gladiator and that in his first home game he scored only seven points?

Well written, detailed but easy-to-read, this book is perfect for all those basketball junkies from pre-teen to adult who want to get a personal and professional glimpse of our hometown basketball hero.

~ Dori

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