Lakers Star LeBron James Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane to his High School Freshman Year

Published 11/30/2020, 12:27 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


What can one say about LeBron James that hasn’t been said before? The NBA superstar had entered the league with a lot of expectations on his back. Not only did he live up to those, he actually exceeded them beyond anybody’s imagination. The 35-year-old Lakers player still plays like he is at his peak and as if it’s never going to end.

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Bron just led the Lakers to their 17th NBA Championship after a decade and is already preparing to go for a repeat next season. With four NBA titles and several achievements under his belt, the legend has landed the Finals MVP award in every NBA championship. This shows the impact his presence can create in a franchise.

But before he entered the league, what kind of player was LeBron? How did he become one of the greatest of all time? It isn’t hard to believe that James has been in the spotlight ever since his high school years as a basketball player.

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LeBron James values the journey more than the destination

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James shoots a last second shot against Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo during the fourth quarter in game five of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron attended St Vincent – St Mary High School in Ohio and adapted to the environment instantly. In just his freshman year, he became a starter for the Fighting Irish and within his first two years, led his team to a State Championship.

He glided through his high school career, winning Division titles left and right. His coach at the time, Keith Dambrot instantly saw the immense potential in the young James and made sure no talent got wasted.

A video of LeBron’s good old days emerged on social media. It had all the details about his statistics and old interviews with Keith and LeBron. Keith stated, “The best thing about him is that he just has a great instinct for the game. He can really pass the ball.”

And even young James had some thoughts on his stellar stats. He said, “I just wanted to play good for the team… I didn’t really care about my stats. All I want to do is win!” Watching this video go viral, LeBron couldn’t help but react to this throwback compilation and wrote, Appreciative to the journey! The process I love more than anything! #YoungKing”

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LeBron still has the same mentality. His stats have never gotten to his head, and all he thrives on is winning. Till when will fans see LeBron rule the court? Will he help the Lakers bring in their 18th title?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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