Reading Helped LeBron Win

Love him or (like me) hate him, you might be interested in seeing James reading before and after games and talking about how helpful reading has been to help him keep focus.

Someone should make the shots of him reading into classroom posters.  (Someone probably already has).

Valerie Strauss via Mike Wilbon.


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  • I would be much more impressed if LeBron James went to college at least part time during the off season. James attended St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron Ohio and in fact attempted to drop out of high school at the end of his junior year to enter the NBA. LeBron took the SAT and reportedly got an 870, the average overall score (50th percentile) in the United States for 2011 was a 1500.

    If this reported score is correct, LeBorn probably might have just made the NCAA cut for division I assuming he had reasonable grades. So in many ways not going to college was an extremely wise choice for him, also given the risk of injury. But now, he is a very rich man and is living the high life, i.e. buying the usual mansions ($9 million dollar property, which sits on a tidy 19,941 square foot parcel in Florida) and fine cars.

    But his NBA career will end and the piles of endorsements will too. There is every indication that LeBron is letting other people manage his money and his investments are unfortunately heavily geared towards the usual entertainment related investments that he seems to understand. For example he has invested big time in Liverpool FC, the second-most celebrated English soccer club. At one point James was relying heavily on Dan Gilbert the owner of the Cavaliers for investment advice until he jumped the ship in Ohio. But Gilbert didn’t make his money on sports investing but rather is the chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC. Gilbert earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, a JD from Wayne State University Law School and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

    Reading the Hunger Games (Grade Level Equivalent: 5.3. Age: 11-13) and making a video about it really does not make Mr. James a role model for the intellectual development of urban youth. If LeBron actually went to college and developed the skills to fully control his own investments and effectively bested Gilbert at his own game, then he really would be a role model.

    Rod Estvan

  • i get what you're saying, rod, but considering the esteem with which so many kids hold athletes and the seeming sincerity with which james talks about reading, i can't help but think that this is a positive, if slender, sign. i'm guessing kids will talk about it and teachers will use it -- to no transformative effect but certainly not to any negative effect.

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