While we see all of LeBron James' spectacular dunks, his clutch three-pointers and, of course, his championship performances, we're not privy to what goes on behind the scenes in James' life.
That includes offseason training, promotional appearances, charity events, foreign trips and much more. Plus, whenever he goes anywhere in the United States, he is instantly recognizable. The cameras and cell phones follow him everywhere.
Thus is the life of a modern superstar -- ubiquitous and nonstop.
James is following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, one of the best sporting ambassadors we've ever seen, as the global flag bearer of the NBA. But Jordan didn't have to deal with the social media monster or smart phones. Jordan, for example, didn't have to worry about sending out top-secret wedding invitations.
For the most part, James has handled himself incredibly well. It's easy to forget that he's only 28 and navigating an unimaginable level of fame.
But sometimes we get glimpses of James' life, like when he posts photos on Instagram of the crowds that come out to see him:
Recently James took to social media to let off some steam. It's a rare move for LeBron, who normally doesn't get very negative or complain about his fame. But an interesting look into the mind of one of the world's most recognizable athletes.
Below is the note that he posted on his Facbeook page as well as Twitter.
Man it's hard to go out and have a good time these days! It's cool though, it's part of my life. Wouldn't change anything(just saying). Been in the spotlight since I was 15. Sometimes u just wanna STOP!! But I refuse cause I have a commitment to the youth to inspire them!! That will keep me pushing forward and focused alone.
James posted this in the middle of the NBA's offseason, so this doesn't appear to be related to the stress of the season. But perhaps all of his travel and appearances are wearing on him. And, oh yeah, did we mention he's getting married in a few weeks? That's a lot to juggle.
But James deserves credit for persevering. After all, he has the chance to be an incredible role model. While Jordan didn't have to deal with the 24/7 news cycle that has confronted James, the four-time MVP has many more opportunities thanks to the expansion of the internet. He's made it a priority to work with children through donations to Boys & Girls Clubs and his annual 'King for Kids' charity bike-a-thon.
"Kids are a huge passion of mine," James says. "I always said when I was growing up, 'If I ever have an opportunity, if I ever got big enough, whatever the case may be, I will always try to give back as much as possible.'"
Even when LeBron was at his "worst," he was still thinking about giving back.
By staying positive and continuing to work with different youth organizations (like his charity) James is forging a unique and important legacy.