Report: LeBron’s ‘Oppressive’ Competitiveness ‘Most Under-Told Story in Sports’

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is one of the hardest-working players in the NBA and is obsessed with winning, which reportedly can make him a difficult teammate to work with.

According to Henry Abbott of TrueHoop, a source who knows LeBron well called his “oppressive, overwhelming and anti-social” competitiveness the “most under-told story in sports.”

Abbott noted that James “struggles to be around the normally motivated, gets impatient with those who don’t work as hard as he does and has little tolerance for mistakes.”

As part of his analysis, Abbott provided several examples of times when James’ competitiveness and expectation of perfection created issues.

Most notably, LeBron was beside himself with anger and disbelief late in regulation of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors when teammate JR Smith seemingly thought the Cleveland Cavaliers had a lead.

Rather than shooting or passing the ball, he held on to it for too long, which caused the game to go to overtime and James to turn into an all-time meme because of his reaction.

The Cavs lost that game 124-114 in overtime, and James punched a whiteboard after the game out of anger. James said he broke his hand and played the rest of th