HEAT’s James: ‘I Got a Bigger Calling’
Jason Kidd was always the purest of point guards, while LeBron James is the flashiest, most intimidating player in the game today. They are different players, different people. The stark difference in disposition was never more evident than when James visited Brooklyn Thursday as Kidd’s No. 5 went up into the rafters.
Kidd was uncomfortable in the spotlight, crediting those Jersey players who grabbed his passes in stride and finished the layups, all the way to two Finals. He appreciated the honor, but wanted the ceremony to be over and done. Kidd spoke like a pawn, even though he was always more than that.
James? He talked like the King, of course. Like he was still hosting his own ESPN special.
“I got so many kids that look up to me, as a role model, to look at me as a hero, as a superhero, even as a father and brother at times, I got a responsibility to hold up,” James said, when asked if two titles were enough. “I got the talent, and I’m gonna take full advantage of it. The championships are all great, but I’m playing for more than that. I got a bigger calling than that.”