While doing some pre-game stretching, basketball star LeBron James refused to stop reading his current obsession, Mockingjay.
In the pregame locker room, James was engrossed in the novel he’s reading, “Mockingjay,” the finale to the Hunger Games trilogy about an imperfect society hurled into chaos. So engrossed, in fact, that as James bent to one knee to be stretched by a trainer, he cradled the book in one hand while the trainer stretched the opposite arm behind his back. Then, he switched hands.
Barely an hour later, he would unleash his transcendent gifts on the Celtics, and on the imperfect basketball society he inhabits, in ways that he rarely allows himself to do. He would put the pedal down, as he said, and keep it there.
And so after doing this to the Celtics — doing what the Celtics usually do to him — there was James at his locker afterward. A doo-rag on his head and his feet in an ice bucket, James studied the stat sheet sitting in his lap with no expression. Soon, he would pick up his book and read.
It wasn’t only a pre-game distraction, but during the press conference he needed to get through the chapter he was on!
By most accounts, James’ business-like demeanor didn’t lighten up until he was approached by a team media relations staffer when it was his turn to go to the postgame news conference podium and discuss his dominance.
“Let me finish this chapter first,” James said as he turned a page in Suzanne Collins’ “Mockingjay.” “I can’t leave right in the middle of this. I’ve got to finish up this last page.”
James then laughed.
I think he seems like a pretty awesome guy!