It's been 11 years, nearly five months, four MVP awards, one controversial relocation, two championships and 19 more Sports Illustrated covers since LeBron James appeared on the magazine as the chosen one.
You'd figure the world would really know him by now.
And yet, after all this time there remain caricatures of him, ones that don't account at all for the diversity of his personality. And, from those caricatures comes a distrust of virtually anything he says, even when he's shouting it in a moment of jubilation.
For me, I can't worry about what everybody says about me. I'm LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio. From the inner city. I'm not even supposed to be here. That's enough. Every night I walk into the locker room, I see a No. 6 with James on the back. I'm blessed. So what everybody (says) about me off the court don't matter. I ain't got no worries.
Well, of course he has worries. Everyone does.
Still, whether he still cares about what people are saying, there's no harm in providing a little more clarity.
Here are five things that I've learned about LeBron James while covering him for the Palm Beach Post home and road for the past three seasons: