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LeBron James and a question of taste

Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:38 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 8:26 pm
LeBron James likes his steak cut and dry. Can he really be the alpha-dog? (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore 

On Tuesday, the blog Cleveland Frowns posted an interview with a server at XO, a Cleveland steakhouse regarding LeBron James. It described his eating behaviors, including the infamous stories about his tipping habits, among other things. There's the usual stuff about James acting like one of the most pampered people on earth, because, well, he's a guy who has "Chosen One" on his back, makes $16 million a year and calls himself King. You kind of have to prepare yourself for some stuff. 

But this? I was not prepared for this (emphasis mine):  
(S)he also told us that LeBron liked to drink apple martinis, which comes as no surprise because apple martinis are delicious, and if you had a job where you could take a four-hour nap every day to sleep off the sugar hangover, you would drink them, too. Relatedly, LeBron would ask his servers to have his steak (well done) already cut up for him, which corroborates a report by a (former?) server at Johnny’s who once told Grzegorek that LeBron would order his spaghetti cut up as well, and also of course enhances the credibility of our source.
via “LeBron liked me because I didn’t put up with his crap” — Exclusive Interview with Former XO Steakhouse Server Who Frequently Waited on the NBA Superstar.

Wait, what? 

Look, I can forgive the appletinis (easy on the tini). I'm not expecting everyone to drink whiskey, scotch or gin (I suppose technically you could make a gin appletini, but I don't consider that real gin). It's a little ridiculous, but the man dunks on Kevin Garnett, I'm willing to let that slide. 

But well-done? 

Cut up for him?

I'm sorry, that's where I draw the line.

And listen, a bunch of stats-loving geeks are going to try and talk to you about food poisoning statistics and eating efficiency. But anyone who's ever actually eaten a steak at the professional level knows that's all nonsense. Real steak-eaters don't think of things like that. And they know that if you're ordering anything above medium-rare, you're essentially saying "please burn all the flavor out of this $35 piece of meat."

Having it cut up for you? What are you, Carlos Boozer? You worried about injury? Pick up your knife and cut your own steak like a man. The last time someone cut up a steak for me, I was six, and it was my mother. Part of the joy of eating a finely cooked steak is slicing into that meat. You know what having someone else do it is? It's the steak version of passing to someone else in the clutch with the clock running down. You're just trying to avoid the moment. I can understand if it's steak frites on the menu. That's like having Wade wide open under the basket screaming for the ball. But otherwise, he's just shrinking from the moment again.

See, this is why LeBron James can never win a championship.

Sure, he can appreciate fine foods and have great cakes delivered for his birthday parties. But when it's clutch time, when it's steak time, he's telling the chef to murder its taste and then having it cut up for him . Michael Jordan never had a steak cut up for him. Kobe probably kills and butchers his own cow. Derrick Rose may accidentally stab the waiter, his date, and the table sixteen times, but by God, he cuts his own and does it with style!This is what separates LeBron from everyone else. Just another example of why he'll never live up to the hype. 

(If for some reason you cannot read through the blinding absurdity of this post, it is not meant to be serious. LeBron can eat his steak however he wants. )

(But for real, LeBron, you need to order that sucker medium-rare.)

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:40 pm

LeBron James and a question of taste

damn the lebron dickriders are mad. richyriches is cryn like a ho lmao. kobe 5 rings>lebrons 0 hahaha

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:33 pm

LeBron James and a question of taste

Well, you read it, didn't you?

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:37 pm

LeBron James and a question of taste

 Is this really an article on CBS sports? The site has officially hit a new low. Moore seems like he's going out of his way to hate on LeBron. If any of you read Steve Elling's articles about Tiger you would be able to spot the desperation a mile away. His food habits? Seriously? That's reaching. This article almost seems like a stab at humor, but it's not funny enough to assume that either. Moore should go back to the Kobe loving, fanboy articles that he normally writes. The funny thing is: in his Kobe loving articles he normally gets Kobettes who agree with his opinions, and in this article he's pandering to Kobe fans again, because most Kobe fans (Kobettes as I refer to them)  are still in denial about LeBron dominating the league and being widely regarded as the best basketball player in the NBA. A lot of them still think Kobe is, sadly, although I'm not even sure he's in the top 5 anymore. You wouldnt know it from his salary though.. Talk about 5 rings all you want, I don't care about how good a player was in the past. The Lakers are going to have a lot of money tied up in the next few years on a player who relies on very high shot volume to score points. I don't see that aging well, he's already making a habit of shooting the Lakers out of games. They are better when they get the ball to their high percentage scorers like Bynum and Gasol. It's hard to win when a player shoots 60% of the teams shots and hits 35% from the field. Fairly simple concept. 

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:09 pm

LeBron James and a question of taste

     See, this is why Lebron James can never win a championship.

Blinding abusrdity or not, thats a ridiculous statement from a professional.

The lack of proofreading and editing is also ridiculous for a professional.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:22 pm

LeBron James and a question of taste

Do you really think anybody cares about these stories?
Yes...yes they do

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:57 pm

LeBron James and a question of taste

Do you really think anybody cares about these stories? Good lord.

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