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The King AND US
Grant Wahl
December 10, 2012
THROUGH THE YEARS WITH LEBRON, IN THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE COVERED HIM
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December 10, 2012

The King And Us

THROUGH THE YEARS WITH LEBRON, IN THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE COVERED HIM

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A different LeBron. Supremely talented and supremely confident. Now he spoke like a man, acted like a man. More than anything, though, what struck me was his size. We set up an interview at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco in January. Around that time there had been much conjecture about his weight. He looked like a linebacker, all muscle and thick shoulders. There were whispers of 270 pounds, perhaps higher, but James refused to provide a number. I was curious about two things: if he was indeed that big, and why he was reluctant to discuss it. So I brought an electronic scale to the interview, but James wouldn't get on. To me, this was LeBron in his second phase: hoping to create his own legend, looking to control as much as possible.

—C.B.

2012 The Champ

I had maybe 10 minutes with him. We did two or three setups, including with the trophy, which is every photographer's nightmare because it's a shiny gold ball. He took direction well, he was very affable and he gave it his all. LeBron gets his picture taken a lot, but lots of people do it often and they just suck—they're stiff or awkward. But not LeBron. He's comfortable in his own skin. That's the most important thing for any subject.

—Gregory Heisler photographer

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