After leading the Miami Heat to a second straight NBA championship with a brilliant Game 7 that cemented another NBA Finals MVP trophy, LeBron James sat down with Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols to talk about the differences between his two title runs, making a more concerted effort to savor the accomplishment this time around, and more:
It's a pleasant conversation, albeit one that doesn't tell us a whole lot we haven't heard before — Title No. 2 was harder, he has matured and changed quite a bit since being an 18-year-old savior playing for his (ostensible) hometown team, he tries not to lend much/any credence to the real-time rewriting of his legacy, and he tries to tune out off-court distractions during the postseason by ditching his cell phone throughout the playoffs. (He's since resumed using social media quite a bit.)
One thing we did learn from the chat, though, is how James made the clocks move for a two-month postseason run without an Internet-enabled smartphone — by re-watching Michael Jordan's performances in the 1991, '92, '93, '96, '97 and '98 NBA Finals and by ripping through several seasons of "24." While one's mind might immediately flash on visions of LeBron trying to draw lessons from the relentless work of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer, I prefer to think that he found inspiration in the resolute, if awkward, professionalism and computer wizardry of Mary Lynn Rajskub's Chloe O'Brian.
Then again, that's selfish of me; mostly, I want him to like Mary Lynn Rajskub enough to binge-watch "Mr. Show" next, because I'd really like to see how LeBron's general demeanor is affected by stuff like "Fuzz: The Musical" and "Pre-Taped Call-In Show." Watch what you want, LeBron — you've earned that right.