Three-time NBA champion LeBron James is playing his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers and he says he has learned one thing about wearing the Purple and Gold -- you have got to earn the respect of Lakers Nation. James failed to lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his first season with the team but they are enjoying a much bigger success this year as the Lakers lead the Miami Heat 3-1 in the NBA Finals.
James has been outstanding throughout the whole season, a great leader on and off the court, and now he and the rest of team are just a win away from winning it all. "Well, one, what I've learned being a Laker is that the Laker faithful don't give a damn what you've done before," James said, per ESPN.
"Until you become a Laker, you've got to do it with them, as well. "They don't care about your résumé at all until you become a Laker. Then you've got to do it as a Laker, and then they respect you.
I've learned that."
James says the job he does off the floor is more important to him
James has been using his name and platform to raise awareness on social injustice in the United States society -- all while performing at a high level the whole season.
James has been active off the court and now he is aiming to win his fourth NBA title with a third different team. "I don't really think about it too much," James said when asked about what this season means for his legacy.
"I think the story will be told how it's supposed to be told and be written how it's supposed to be written. But I don't live my life thinking about legacy. What I do off the floor is what means more to me than what I do on the floor."
James, 35, is still playing at an extremely high level despite his age. James says his time will soon come to an end he has a bigger purpose. "The game of basketball will pass me by," James said. "There will be a new group of young kids, vets and rookies throughout the course of this game.
So I can't worry about that as far as on the floor. How I move, how I walk, what I preach, what I talk about, how I inspire the next generation is what matters to me the most.