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Report: LeBron James ‘sensitive to how he will be remembered’

LeBron James’ career will without question rank among the greatest in NBA history. However, James’ decision to join his third NBA team by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers does potentially impact how his legacy will be viewed.

While James is said to not be overly concerned by how others view him and his decisions, he nevertheless can be “sensitive to how he will be remembered,” according to a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

In a broader discussion highlighting how James’ foundation opened the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, on Monday, Windhorst makes note of how James wrestles with how outside perceptions can influence him.

On one hand, James doesn’t much care about how his path is perceived. After a tough first season in Miami, James posted in his locker a guiding quote from a Theodore Roosevelt speech in Paris in 1910. The “Man in the Arena” passage refers to rising above critics. James often will write “Man in the Arena” on his shoes for games as another reminder to himself.

On the other hand, James is sensitive to how he will be remembered. The reason he needs to constantly remind himself to ignore criticism is the same reason he watches playoff games on mute on his off nights. He doesn’t want to hear what he knows is going on: people picking at him.

One needn’t look any further than the low-key manner in which James’ move to Los Angeles was announced that there have been lessons learned along the way during James’ career regarding such matters.

James’ second departure from Cleveland, while obviously disappointing to Cavaliers fans, nevertheless was greeted with far less vitriol than his move to Miami, in large part because he delivered on his promise to bring a championship to the title-starved town.

In the end, while James recognizes that his latest move to L.A. does have the potential to negatively impact his legacy, it’s clear the superstar tries not to think too much about it.