He was a basketball prodigy who proved deserving of the hype he received the very first time he stepped onto an NBA floor.
He then had an answer for those who questioned his ability to shoot the basketball. Another for others who said he wasn't willing to be a great defender.
James also proved he could lead his team to the playoffs much sooner than people expected. He then won his first series in similar fashion, before eventually eliminating a perennial power in the Eastern Conference finals.
Along the way, he became the league's most valuable player. Then, finally, an NBA champion.