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LeBron, Teddy Roosevelt and criticism

10/29/2010

MIAMI – For months now LeBron James has made it clear that all the criticism he received since signing with the Heat in July has affected him.

He has promised to keep track of his detractors and then prove them wrong.

To keep that message at the front of his mind and perhaps to make sure the media knows it, James has prominently posted a famous quote about critics from Theodore Roosevelt in his locker. It is in large print:

“It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”