You know that you are getting old when you are shocked, almost perplexed that someone far younger than you is already 30-years-old. Like the older aunt or uncle who squeezes the cheeks of their nieces and nephews, it is hard not to stand back and admire the way that the younger generation has grown so much.
Believe it or not, LeBron James is now 30-years-old. I still remember the first time I watched him play on ESPN, when he was still a high school student in Akron, Ohio. But Boy Wonder is no longer a boy. LeBron’s hairline alone suggests that he has already gone through a lot in life. LeBron is now a man. And he has been one for quite some time.
So, before fans of the NBA fail to appreciate the King’s greatness, while he is still at the peak of his game in the NBA, it is never too early to reflect on what he has already accomplished. The NBA will never see another player like LeBron. For starters, it is because high school players are no longer allowed to enter into the draft. Now, everyone must be at least one year removed from high school. And that number may go up to two years soon. When LeBron played his first game in the NBA, it was the summer after he graduated from high school. Just think about that for a moment. LeBron was barely old enough to drive when he entered the NBA.
The other thing that makes LeBron so phenomenal was just how physically prepared he was for the NBA. While most high schoolers are dealing with puberty issues, LeBron was already a man. In fact, he was probably ready for the NBA as a sophomore or a junior in high school. From a very early age, it was evident that LeBron was unlike any other creature on the planet. He was always a man amongst boys in high school, and to be honest, it was no different in the NBA.
10 Sports Illustrated Cover
9 Drafted No. 1 in 2003
8 Flirts With Triple Double in First Pro Game
7 Rookie of the Year
6 2008 Redeem Team
5 The Decision
4 Triple Double Performance in First NBA Title
3 Scoring More Points Than Anyone By The Age of 30
2 Back-to-Back NBA Champion and Finals MVP
1 The Letter
After the Decision, LeBron turned from a hero to a villain, but he reversed his public persona over night with “The Letter.” After LeBron’s four-year contract in Miami was finished, he became a free agent again. Many assumed that he would resign with the Miami Heat. After all, he had just gone to the Finals our years in a row and won two out of them. However, LeBron shocked the world with “The Letter.” In the Letter, he announced that he was going to come back home to Cleveland. It was the perfect story of redemption, and the city of Cleveland was now ready to reconcile and forgive their King.
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