Basketball boy strikes a chord with a new fan

By Jeffrey Outterbridge
November 13, 2003

Cecelia Francisco

When most people think of basketball the first name that comes to mind is Michael Jordan. Not me! Well at least not anymore now that LeBron James is in the league. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a “King” James fan. Some people even call me a groupie. But the fact of the matter is, the boy is the truth.

In my senior year of high school, all I heard about was some kid named James. People said he was good, but good doesn’t begin to describe James. I remember the first time I saw him play. That’s the day I forgot who Kobe or McGrady was. The first play of the game was a highlight reel. It looked like he came straight out of the stands and dunked the ball.

How many 6 foot 8, 240 pound 18-year-olds do you know? Me, I don’t know any. Especially any that can play ball like James does. If he was able to, he probably could have come out of high school in his junior year and still been the number one pick in the draft. In high school he averaged almost a double-double every night or if not every night maybe every other night. James’ high school games were shown on TV. Looking at the games was like looking at a comedy special; you couldn’t help but laugh at the way he abused the other teams.

In his senior year, he went through all the hate and controversy like any rising star does. There were some reports that said he took some throwback jerseys as a gift. Who wouldn’t? Then he completely changed the game when he got his Hummer 2 when he turned 18. The big question then was – where did he get the money from? Everyone knows he lives in the ‘hood. But the rumors were squashed when it was found out that it was a gift from his mom.

Now that James is in the league, none of that other stuff matters. It’s hard to compare people in the NBA. I can’t compare Kobe to Jordan because their situations are different. Jordan didn’t have Shaq. Right now, Jamesdoesn’t have much of a supporting cast with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it’s not going to matter. James has a way to transform garbage to gold. I think that he is going to change the entire league in a couple of years. By the middle of the season he is going to start to take over. I can’t wait to see the face of all the people that don’t believe in him. I’m going to laugh so hard. Everybody make way, King James has arrived!

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