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Contents X Introduction X Chapter One X Chapter Two X Chapter Three 29 Career Stats 30 Glossary 31 Find Out More 32 Index and About the Author INTRODUCTION LeBron James first made the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2002. He was only 17 years old at the time, a high school junior. Already, though, the Akron, Ohio, native had played in basketball scrimmages against Michael Jordan. He had attended a Jay-Z concert, hanging out with the rapper in his hotel room before the show. He had also, the year before, become the first sophomore to win Ohio's "Mr. Basketball" award. No wonder that Sports Illustrated, below the cover photo that appeared in its February 18, 2002 issue, had declared LeBron as "The Chosen One". "At this age LeBron is better than anybody I've seen in 37 years in this business," Sonny Vaccaro, a very prominent evaluator of high school hoops talent, told SI at the time. "That's including Kevin (Garnett) and Kobe (Bryant) and Tracy (McGrady)." In the five years since that magazine cover appeared, LeBron James has justified every word of hype. He led his high school team, St. Vincent-St. Mary's, to two more Ohio state championships. He won two more Ohio Mr. Basketball trophies. He was the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003-2004. He played on the 2004 USA Olympic basketball team. He has been voted to play in the NBA All-Star Game twice in his first three NBA seasons. And he has consistently re-written the NBA record book in terms of being the youngest to reach career milestones. For example, he is the youngest player to score 2,000 career points in NBA history. All of this and LeBron James will not turn 22 until the day before New Year's Eve, 2006.
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James, LeBron -- Juvenile literature.
Basketball players -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American basketball players -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.