'The Chosen One' and what a prediction that was.
Today we celebrate 17 years since LeBron James' first Sports Illustrated feature story. The then 17-year-old James was called a prodigy, as a junior in high school.
The subtitle read "Ohio High School Junior LeBron James
At age 16 LeBron talked about his basketball future and what he wanted to improve on and accomplish— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 18, 2019
✅ Get to the NBA
✅ Get stronger
✅ Shooting the 3
✅ Be the bestpic.twitter.com/i93s4c5VSl
We all know LeBron for not only his amazing basketball skills, but also for his great basketball mind. Wise beyond his years (at the time) he said, "A lot of players know how to play the game," he said, "but they really don't know how to play the game, if you know what I mean. They can put the ball in the hoop, but I see things before they even happen. You know how a guy can make his team so much better? That's one thing I learned from watching Jordan."
In The Blade on this day in 2003, much coverage is devoted to the ASG in Atlanta, MJ's last.— Patrick Andres (@PAndres2001) February 10, 2019
Column on the front page, however, covers an Ohio high school sports star.
Last line: "Be the first on your block to be able to say you saw the great LeBron James...before turning pro." pic.twitter.com/4ey5zThBmq
This Sports Illustrated cover launched LeBron to becoming a household name. His future was bright and all eyes were on him.