Former Cavs Teammate Explains What Made LeBron James Different From a Regular NBA Rookie

Published 04/16/2021, 5:14 PM EDT
Cavaliers forward LeBron James in action against the Clippers on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


LeBron James is arguably the biggest star in the NBA. Be it his impeccable vision, his varied scoring arsenal, or his lockdown defending, ‘the King’ can do it all.

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Even before his draft, LeBron had become a household name. Often dubbed as the heir to Michael Jordan’s throne, LBJ became one of the biggest sensations in high school basketball history.

Former teammate Darius Miller speaks about LeBron James’ mentality

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There was immense amount of hype surrounding LeBron during the draft. While many young players could have crumbled under the pressure, Bron didn’t. His talent was visible from the very first day, and he immediately hit it off in the NBA. Within a couple of weeks it was clear that the Cavs had a generational talent at their hands.

LBJ’s former Cavaliers’ teammate Darius Miles spoke about the 36-year-old. He revealed what separated James from the other rookies. “I say this all the time is like I’m three years in the league and when this boy walked in that gym he was way more mature than me really like way more mature than me.

“Just the way he carried himself, what he did like. I’m still wild straight from the hood doing ghetto hood stuff, going a spot that I’m not supposed to be in.”

“I’m the highest pick at the time and I do not carry myself in this league the way he came in that league and carry himself…. It’s maturity about yourself that’s why I’m just saying like I still was immature, I still might throw attention tantrums”

Miles added, “He carried himself like a professional coming straight out of high school like I said, I’m three years in the league and he’s way more mature than me.” 

Cavaliers LeBron James celebrates what he thought was a three–pointer at the buzzer as Lakers Kobe Bryant walks of the court at halftime at the Staples Center Friday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Given that LeBron didn’t even attend college, this story just says how focused he was. Playing with the Lakers now, James is on the hunt for his fifth championship ring. LeBron and Co. have their hands full as they face a super team with James Harden, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant. Can LBJ win his fifth NBA championship this season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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