LeBron James explains why his photographic memory is a gift and a curse
A big reason why Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is such a dominant force on the court is because of his ridiculously high basketball IQ, and in conjunction with that IQ is a photographic memory.
As a matter of fact, James’ memory is so strong that he can remember the location of all 10 players on the court in each moment of a 48-minute game.
“I’ve always had it,” the Lakers star told Sports Illustrated. ” A lot of my friends when I was younger playing the game, they were like, ‘Man, how did you remember that play? Or how did you remember that? It was so long ago.’ I never thought about it. I didn’t even know what photographic memory meant when I was younger until I got older. It’s something that I was born with or blessed with.”
But while that certainly assists James in terms of his basketball career, there are other areas in his life where his vivid memory isn’t so helpful.
For example, James clearly remembers living off of food stamps while growing up in Akron, and he also recalls the 12 times between the ages of five and eight that he and his mother had to move.
“Some of the areas of my life that I had when I was younger, I try to forget about,” the Lakers star said. “At the same time, some of the things that I went through when I was younger, I also keep because it made me who I am today. I can remember a lot of things.”
Fortunately, James was able to use that memory to turn in one of the finest athletic careers we have ever seen and to help himself and his family reach new levels of prosperity.