LeBron James says his legacy “will speak for itself” (also talks “Trainwreck” movie)


LeBron James is the first NBA superstar of the social media era, and with that has come an odd phenomenon — we have debated his legacy every step of the way. Unlike Bird or Jordan or anyone else, his legacy has been an ongoing discussion since he first dragged a Cavaliers team to the NBA Finals in 2007. Everyone wants to talk about his legacy.

Except LeBron James.

He went on Today here on NBC — along with Bill Hader to promote the movie “Trainwreck” — and Matt Lauer asked him about his legacy.

Here’s the money part. Lauer asks him if he thinks about his legacy.

No, I really haven’t. I think legacy will speak for itself. Who I am as a man and what I do off the floor defines my legacy more than what I do on the court. That’s just how I’ve always thought about it but I don’t really get caught up into it too much.

Do I buy that LeBron doesn’t ever think about his legacy? No. I think that was one of the factors (not a major one but a factor) in his return to Cleveland.

Do I think that LeBron thinks far less about his legacy than fans for the media? Certainly. And he’s right in that it will be what it will be when he’s done, and people will argue about it long after he’s left the game. All I have ever said about LeBron’s legacy is that you can’t compare it right now to Magic or Jordan or Bird or whoever because he’s still playing at the peak of his game. The story is still being written.

As for Trainwreck, if it’s got Amy Schumer in it I will see it.