He had been the focal point of press conferences before. But this time it was different.
James first met the basketball world as a high school prodigy from Akron, Ohio. He'd enter a press conference soon after as the top selection in the NBA draft.
He'd speak again as the consensus Rookie of the year in 2004. Then an All-Star in 2005, an Eastern Conference champion in 2007 and a league MVP in 2009.
James would be named to seven more All-Star teams along the way. Two more MVPs would follow, along with a scoring title, defensive honors and every other award in between.
He has been the most gifted basketball star on the planet since defeating the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA playoffs.
It wasn't until this past season, however, that he finally became something more.
As he took the stage this past June, LeBron did so on the heels of becoming the most unstoppable star the NBA has ever seen.
It would be the first press conference he conducted since truly embracing that role.
The end result of a two-year odyssey that left pundits wondering if he'd ever actually arrive.