Article and Analysis: Joshua Hu 8th grader
Lebron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. His father, Anthony McClelland was uninterested in becoming a parent so he abandoned him when he had news his wife, Gloria James was pregnant. Gloria raised Lebron on her own, and to this day he goes by her last name. Although Lebron did get support from her mother and his relatives, life was harsh on Lebron. His mother had problems of her own when her own mother had passed away when Lebron was an infant.
Once Lebron was 3, he showed tremendous instincts for basketball. Gloria bought him a miniature ball and hoop and he had shown a liking to the toys every day. When Lebron entered elementary school, his lifestyle began to change; he struggled in his studies, but found sports like basketball and football an easier subject he could do. Later on in fourth grade, Lebron joined the Pee Wee football association and scored 19 touchdowns in 6 games. His coach was Frankie Walker, a man who would play an important role for Lebron James. However, he started noticing that Lebron had stopped coming to school and confronted Gloria James, who later said that her son needed a more stable environment. Frankie Walker and Gloria both agreed that Lebron should be adopted Frankie and his family.
After 18 months of living separately from her son, Gloria decided to take him back, but when financial problems arose, Lebron returned to the Walkers. Eventually they worked out an arrangement to help Gloria pay her rent. An advantage that Lebron had from living with the Walkers was his friendship with Frankie Jr. The two ran with four other boys—Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee and Romeo Travis. Together they formed a terrific team on the basketball court. 2 years later, Lebron and his crew were the most popular team in all of Akron. Once Lebron had graduated from high school he had decided to spend his life playing basketball and football. He joined the SVSM group and made it into the “Fighting Irish” team, later on his life has strayed on to basketball and soon enough the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers had made a hard choice into inviting Lebron James into playing professional basketball his entire life. Making a hard decision, Lebron agreed and was sent off to Cleveland.
Life after that for Lebron was different, people treated him with more respect and when his hometown had heard he had made it into professional basketball they could not believe it. However back at that time the NBA was such a laughing stock, but when Lebron came everything changed. In 81 games, Lebron averaged 28.4 points, 7.2 assists and 7.6 rebounds. His shooting average improved to a career-best 48.9%. But things changed when Cleveland made a painful decision to no longer have a contract with Lebron, almost immediately, sports fans began the great guessing game: Who would sign Lebron? Everyone had a theory where he was headed—New York, Dallas, Cleveland, Miami, New Jersey, Chicago—but after Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh signed with the Heat, it began to look like he was headed back to college basketball.
The morning of the “big reveal” Lebron contacted his mother and told her about the choices, then that night he confirmed he would create a new big three in Miami. With this said, Miami fans had nothing to lose as they would be guaranteed a free ticket into the NBA finals. Lebron would always be the king of basketball just like he had in the 2012 London Olympics. With this said let’s look forward to the NBA season coming soon.