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LeBron James explains why he stopped wearing headband

Avery Bradley, LeBron James, Brandon Bass

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, takes a shot at the basket as Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, left, and forward Brandon Bass, right, look on in the third quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. The Cavaliers won 101-93 to complete a first-round sweep of the Celtics. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


LeBron James has been playing without a headband for several weeks, but he had been mum on his reason.

In case you were still wondering…

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“I did it because I just wanted to look like my teammates,” James told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “Just wanted to be one. Nothing more than that.”

Ironically, LeBron ditching the headband only called more attention to himself.

That doesn’t mean LeBron’s motives were impure, but his stated reasoning didn’t really work – at least from the outside. Headband or not, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound, muscular, quick-as-a-flash LeBron still looks mighty different from his teammates.

Maybe they appreciated the gesture, though.