Miami Heat star LeBron James was named SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Sportsman of the Year. Get more deets on his honor inside and find out what Oscar-winning actor Jaime Foxx told UPSCALE Magazine about dating in LA. Find out what he said inside.....
Miami Heat star LeBron James, who is just the second player to win an NBA championship, MVP title and gold medal in the same year, was named SI's "Sportsman of the Year."
LeBron reflected on winning the honor and his "Decision" to move to Miami saying,
"I remember just like yesterday when I signed here and basically, like the roof caved in. "To see that I and my team and everyone around me was able to patch that roof up, to come to this point, to come to this point and receive such a prestigious award, it's huge."
Sports Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum said,
"LeBron kind of made it easy on us. In a year that had really high standards, he just stood taller than everybody else. I do think there has been some sort of closure - maybe not entirely in Cleveland, but across the nation. LeBron's jerseys are now the No. 1-selling jerseys. I think there's a reason for that. I think people really appreciate him for everything he can do."
Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of Team USA, beautifully described LeBron saying,
"The game is a house, and some players only have one or two windows in their house because they can't absorb any more light. When I met LeBron, he only had a few windows, but then he learned how beautiful the game can be, so he put more windows in.
Now he sees the damn game so well, it's like he lives in a glass building. He has entered a state of mastery. There's nothing he can't do. God gave him a lot but he is using everything. He's one of the unique sports figures of all time, really, and he's right in that area where it's all come together." A voracious mind has caught up with a supreme body. The marriage is a marvel."
Dude has a lot of haters, but the title is well deserved. The Dec. 10th issue of SI hits the stands on Wednesday and LeBron will be honored at the magazine's Sportsman of the Year awards gala in New York on the same day.
Also in magazine covers.....
Jamie Foxx, who just celebrated his LA CONFIDENTIAL cover, stars in Quentin Tarantino's latest flick Django Unchained (Dec. 25th). In the latest January 2013 edition of UPSCALE Magazine, the actor jokes about dating LA women, how work sometimes dries up after winning an Oscar and his thoughts about slave movies.
Here are the highlights:
On dating L.A. women:
"What's the most romantic thing a woman has ever done for me? It's hard out here in L.A., they don't really do that shit. They be like n-gga you better be glad I'm here, the Lakers are having an after party. That's the most romantic thing a woman has ever done for me. She took me to a Laker party."
On staying humble:
"If you think about it, a lot of people that have won Oscars, you don't get a chance to see them any more. And that's because there's not a lot of work out there, it's not a lot of great projects, so you gotta be very careful and always stay humble. You can jump on out there and do your Oscar thing and you mess around and be trying to sell that Oscar, like, 'Give me $1,200 for this...let me get $1,500.' Like, 'It's gold, n-gga! It's pure gold! Here, hold it!'"
On old black slave movies:
"Usually when black folks are the slaves...when it's time to get them back as opposed to slapping them, we'll put our hands down like, 'Nah, I ain't gonna be like you...' And then we'll start singing and the next thing you know we got an album coming out, as opposed to just join on and whipping his ass. Just whip a n-gga and get on about your business."
Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas day.