If you watched the NBA Finals (or followed sports post on social media over the past couple weeks, for that matter), you probably know that LeBron James of the Miami Heat had to leave the first game of the series in the fourth quarter because of severe cramping. His team went on to lose the game without him in the line-up. At the time, commentator (and former player and coach) Mark Jackson said, “If you’re LeBron James, the great ones find a way to tell their body, ‘Not now ... I’ll talk to you tomorrow.'" Soon after the game, a new meme emerged called #Lebroning, ridiculing the star, one can only assume, for his ostensible low pain threshold.
There are plenty of problems here, not least being that it is downright illogical to assume that a person can simply will his or her muscles to stop cramping, or that it is physically possible to play through cramps that are fundamentally incapacitating. (And keep in mind the context: 33° Celsius heat in which James had already played for 33 minutes.) ... [read more]