A great man once said, "To be the man, you got to beat the man." And he did so about two seconds before punctuating those wise words by screaming, "Wooo!" That's a philosophy that seems to be guiding NBA GMs on their quest to top LeBron James—at least according to, well, LeBron James.

James, who's been on the team that's won the East for six straight years (and counting), told Cleveland.com on Friday, "I know teams switch and pick up new coaches or new players, and their whole goal is kind of they want to beat me." Basically that means if you hate the Warriors adding Kevin Durant, or the Knicks being a "super team" blame LeBron. He also further built upon that point by saying "It's never just about me, but I always hear them saying, 'We got to beat LeBron.' It's not just me on the court, but I understand that teams get together in this conference and across the league to try to beat me."

Those comments are interesting coming from a guy who also just recently revealed that he took his talents to South Beach in order to beat the Boston Celtics, and said, "I had to figure out and get with some guys that could be on the same level as Paul [Pierce], Ray [Allen], [Rajon] Rondo, KG and those guys." Furthermore, he said that he failed to get anybody to come to Cleveland, though it wasn't for lack of effort, as he admitted, "I was out calling guys in the summer time, trying to get guys to come here and guys just continued to decline offers from us."

Sounds like he's familiar with the practice.