In line with the April Fool’s Day theme, we’d like to share a brief narrative about the time Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James messed with a reporter about his motorcycles.
This happened in 2015, at a time when the Lakers forward was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the other character in our brief anecdote is Cavs team insider Joe Vardon. In his piece for The Athletic, Vardon narrated how LeBron trolled him about potentially gifting him James’ own personal collection of motorcycles.
As a bit of a backstory, Vardon was questioning LeBron about the safety issues of riding a motorcycle, something that the three-time NBA champ earlier shared in an interview with GQ magazine. James did not appear to be pleased with what Vardon was trying to imply, and quickly denied that he actually rode his bikes.
“I don’t ride them, but I own them,” LeBron responded. “There’s a lot of stuff that I own but I don’t use. I got a coffee maker, I don’t drink coffee. I won four of them, don’t drink coffee.”
Moments later, once he was done with the media interviews, James motioned to Vardon and asked him what his home address was. According to LeBron he was going to send the bikes to Vardon. The reporter thought James was pulling his leg, but it seemed that LeBron wasn’t kidding at all.
“No, I’m serious, what’s your address? I’m going to send you the damn bikes,” said James.
Sensing, wrongly, this was a time for jokes, I started to make one. And he cut me off.
“Nah, I’m not in the mood to fuck with you right now,” he said, as he hoisted some additional 3-pointers.
I checked my mailbox for weeks.
James had the last laugh in this exchange, leaving Vardon with a bit of a cliffhanger. As it turns out, Vardon did somewhat expect the bikes to arrive, but later realized that the joke was on him.