Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is unquestionably one of the great athletes that ever lived, winning four MVPs and four championships while being on the verge of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA‘s all-time leading scorer.
James is very good at basketball, perhaps even a better businessman and a great leader of men.
The one thing LeBron isn’t good at though? Lying.
This is all harmless fun, but one thing that anyone who has followed James for the entirety of his career would know is that he enjoys to lie about small stuff, and for no real good reason at all.
The last example came this past week after the Lakers’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. James paid tribute to Migos member Takeoff, who was killed in a shooting in Texas, by wearing the rapper’s suit to the game.
After the Lakers’ loss, James was asked about it and actually gave a really nice tribute to Takeoff, speaking on the importance of addressing gun violence in the community.
The tribute and words were great, except for one little part. James was caught in another one of his white lies when he said that he discovered Migos in 2010 before anyone else had heard of them while he was with the Miami Heat:
This doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering James claims to be a rap connoisseur. The only problem though is the Migos’ first mixtape wasn’t released until… 2011.
James loves to be the “first” to discover a talent which is why white lies like this come to be. Over the last year, he has spoken about how he first saw Scottie Barnes play in middle school and knew the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year would be special, how the Lakers’ decision to sign Austin Reaves was influenced by James’ scouting of his college film, and countless other examples.
Other fun lies James has told
And that’s just in the last year alone. Here is a thread that documents some of the best and funniest lies James has told in pressers over the years:
My personal favorite harmless lie of them all was when LeBron said he watched Kobe Bryant’s 81-point performance from start to finish and called before the game that he would score at least 70: https://www.youtube.com/embed/HCNvImRexoM
At the end of the day, James is a great basketball player and person that deserves a ton of credit for everything he has accomplished on and off the floor. It seems that he wants even more credit though for random things like discovering the Migos, and as great as he is, you know the internet will never let him live stuff like this down.