LeBron James reacts to throwback video from his HS freshman year
With the 2020-21 NBA season set to begin in less than a month, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is enjoying the remaining downtime he has at home. The King recently took a trip down memory lane and shared a clip from his early days as a 15-year-old freshman phenom on St. Vincent-St. Mary in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 30, 2020
Before he became the poster child of the modern NBA, James was your typical student-athlete who balanced academics and sports. However, it was evident from the get-go that LeBron was indeed the Chosen One and a transcendent talent that will take over the league by storm. Before being taken first overall by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in the legendary 2003 NBA Draft, James honed his wares and put the small-time high school on the basketball map forever.
Clearly, he was the alpha male of the school’s fame Fab Five, which comprised of James’ childhood buddies Dru Joyce III, Sean Cotton, Willie McGee, and Romeo Travis. With the sensational LeBron steering the ship, that unit led St. Vincent-St. Mary to three state titles in four years. Their exploits were documented in the 2008 feature film More Than a Game.
The clip, meanwhile, also featured glimpses of LeBron’s short-lived but significant high school football career. James played wide receiver in high school and most pundits believe he could have been an NFL lottery pick had he chosen to pursue football instead of basketball.
LeBron James, now 36, recently won his fourth NBA title and will be playing in his 18th NBA season. He now has a high-school kid of his own, with Bronny expected to follow in his footsteps in the coming years.