“You Just Start Killing Some Guy from Ohio”: LeBron James Left a Lasting Impression On His Future All-Star Teammate During Their First Matchup in School

Published 09/24/2022, 4:30 PM EDT
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates after scoring the game-tying basket in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Heat defeated the Cavaliers 98-95. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

After having a successful high school career, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James entered the NBA in 2003. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and remained on the team for seven seasons. After becoming a free agent in 2010, LeBron left the Cavaliers and signed with the Miami Heat. The same year, former Toronto Raptors player Chris Bosh signed with the Heat too.

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After playing against each other for seven seasons, the duo had formed a close bond on-court and outside of it. The two NBA stars were joined by Dwyane Wade in Miami and the trio went on to be called the Big Three of the Miami Heat. Coincidentally, all three players belonged to the 2003 NBA Draft class. After they joined the Heat, the trio led their team to the Finals for four seasons straight and won two back-to-back championships.

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After playing together for four seasons, LeBron left the Heat and joined the Cavaliers again in 2014. Dwyane Wade stayed with the Miami Heat for two more seasons before he signed with the Chicago Bulls in 2016. Wade played for the Bulls for one season before signing a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the other hand, Bosh announced his retirement from the court in 2019. Following James’ exit from the Heat, he and Bosh played together in the 2015 NBA All-star game.

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Interestingly, Bosh had known King James way before they had entered the league. In an episode of Uninterrupted, Bosh revealed that he had heard of LeBron two years before they were drafted into the NBA.

Chris Bosh talks about his first encounter with LeBron James

In this episode of Uninterrupted, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have a chat with rapper Drake about the first time the met each other. Bosh recalled his first meeting with LeBron and he revealed that they had previously bumped into each other in 2001. Bosh told that although he didn’t known who he was, he had heard LeBron’s name.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“–you just start killing some guy from Ohio and he was like ‘I’m gonna check that guy’, he was super adamant about guarding you,—-by the end of the game I’m asking who was this guy and somebody said ‘Oh that’s LeBron James’, and it kind of just started off from there” said Bosh.

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Furthermore, he added that they had previously played in AAU against each other. He added that during that time, he had somehow felt that he would be seeing LeBron for a long time. He later gave credit to the Lakers superstar for pushing him to do his best on the court.

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Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.

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