Lebron James

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Taylor Carnahan
ENG 1301
Dr. Smiley
2/25/2013
LeBron James
When can you say you have lived in the era of one of the best athlete in history? During this last decade a great athlete became know as one of the best. LeBron James is known as one of the greatest athlete next to Michael Jordan. James has done so many things to set the record books for the NBA, from entering the league right out of high school to being the youngest player to get 40 points in a game. As I continue to explain to you how great of an athlete James is I will inform you on how he accomplished his greatness and all the accolades he received so far.

James had a very tough childhood; growing up in Ohio he didn’t have his biological father around. He ran out on him and his mother because he wasn’t interested in having a child at the time. With that in mind, it didn’t help that James’ mother battled many personal problems that came from her mother’s death. Although she had problems of her own she worked very hard to keep young James off the streets and out of poverty. To keep him out of trouble she enrolled him in peewee football. This is where he found his father figure, Frankie Walker. Mr. Walker took James in when he found out that he wasn’t going to school just to get him back on track. After a year and a half of living with the Walker family he returned to his mother. It didn’t take long for him to be back at the Walkers. His mother couldn’t pay the rent on the apartment she was living in, so Mr. Walker made an agreement to help her out and to support young James.

At an early age James was intrigued in basketball and football. His mother bought him a small basketball goal and he would spend hours on the toy. Luckily he had the gene of a potential basketball icon. With the love of both of those sports he found them as an outlet from his crazy lifestyle and his intelligence. James was embarrassed about how his home life was so it was hard for him to make friends and do well in school.

Mr. James had tremendous speed, quickness, and strength growing up, so getting around the court and the field was not a problem for him. All three of those attributes developed together to make him a terrific athlete. During his first year in peewee football he scored a smashing 19 touchdowns in only six games. The great iconic basketball player Michael Jordan was his hero growing up. Young James would practice all of MJ’s moves growing up. He enjoyed taking it to the hole and even pulling up for the jumper. One thing he enjoyed the most was distributing the ball to his teammates. By this time he was living with the Walker family and one thing Mr. Walker taught him was to shoot with his left hand.

James’ rise didn’t take long once people found out how remarkable this youngster was. By the eighth grade he was six feet tall, James was a good head-and-shoulders above his friends. The height helped because he could play all five positions on the court.

During this time he had a group of friends that would claim them to being the “Fab Four.” The group of friends was a package deal growing up they did everything together. The “Fab Four” played basketball together from eighth grade to high school. During there first year together they would make it to AAU National Championship game in Orlando, Florida, where they would receive a heartbreaker in the championship game and lose by two. The big story during there time in Orlando was James. He set a name for himself nation wide. After that year they would enter high school and take on the big state of Ohio together. The “Fab Four” would settle for Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. Where James would begin his great legacy for a high school player.

As a six foot three inch freshman James didn’t have any problem making the varsity team. In his high school debut he scored 15 points in a blow out over their rival school. The number James chose to put on was his childhood hero Michael Jordan’s...
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