The NBA is trying its best to replicate the game experience that players are accustomed to – even blaming Randy Newman’s “I Love LA” on the public address system when the Los Angeles Lakers called the Washington Wizard a slacker He was named home when he was beaten in the team in Orlando, Florida.
However, there is no question that things are different during the league restart. And with all the turmoil, LeBron James is changing a postson ritual of his own.
The Lakers star said on Tuesday that he is doing away with his self-imposed social media blackout for the playoffs, something he refers to as the “Zero Dark Thirty-23” mode, the film’s title Is closing.
“It’s definitely a different mindset, it’s a different experience,” James said on a video conference call when asked about James’ upcoming challenge to the Lakers. “I won’t turn off my phone during this run. I can’t stand it. I have to continue checking in with my family every single day.”
In previous years, James focused on the time he spent on Twitter and Instagram in April through June to focus his attention. But during those playoff races, he had the balance to play at home and outside, flying back from the road to spend time with his wife, Savannah; Mother, Gloria; And three children, Bronnie, Bryce and Jhuri.
James specifically quoted his mom, as he would “check in”.
“Making sure everything is still going well, especially in the uncertainty of 2020 that has brought for all of us,” he said. “So I can’t afford to do that, just lose direct contact with everyone.”
Asked if he was away from his family for this long time – James and the Lakers could be in Orlando for 3 cor months during the coronovirus epidemic, should he make the finals – he said only comparable experiences for USA Was playing. Basketball in the Olympics. But the Olympic obligation was “probably like 30-something days,” he said.
Social media has already provided James with a way to stay with his family since he went into the bubble. Recently, his wife shared a video of 15-year-old Bryce cracking his Instagram story Brony, with the impression of his dad. This made James laugh a lot, and he shared it on his Instagram.
James said with virtual parenting, “There’s nothing you can do to replicate time, attendance,” but the phone helps stay connected.
“Communication can always be consistent and leadership can always be consistent, and that’s one thing I’ve always controlled,” he said. “But you can’t replicate the actual presence when you’re awake and you’re in the living room or you’re in the kitchen, or you’re playing with your kids or playing with your daughter, playing video games Your boys or your boys are working outside. You can’t repeat that. I’m not there.
“But Sawan is an animal that does what she does: she is controlling the house and is that rock for our family. So I am worried about that. But you will, of course, miss your family when you have She is the Miss Factor, you remember. ” Children and things of that nature. But I thank Steve Jobs a lot and thank the Apple team for FaceTime, because it’s a beautiful thing, especially during times like this. “
Turning off social media for “Zero Dark Thirty-23” this year would also mean abandoning their platform at a time when James and his NBA brothers served as spokespersons for social change. Thirteen of the last 27 Instagram posts were shared by James with more than 69 million of his followers and he was drawn to social justice issues.
Perhaps a shift in direction is wise, anyway. Last season, the Lakers were coming off a 28–29 All-Star break when James stated that his playoff mode had already been “activated” in late February. La went 9–16 from there and James missed the postseason for the first time since 2005.
James ‘latest Lakers teammate JR Smith, who played four-time MVP in Cleveland, said James’ innings in the postson personality is a misnomer anyway.
“Honestly, he’s the same person, brother,” Smith said on the latest episode of “Inside the Green Room” with the Danny Green “podcast”. “I’m not going to lie to you. He’ll start reading more, though. He’ll start reading more. He’ll get away from social media and he’ll read. He’ll do that. But other than that.” Same person. “
Never mind, his way in Orlando, James vowed to prepare for the way forward.
He said, “I will be closed under the circumstances.” “I won’t cheat my teammates, I won’t cheat my fans and I won’t cheat myself. I’m ready to go.”