21 People Who Made LeBron James the Man He Is Today

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21 People Who Made LeBron James the Man He Is Today
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LeBron James has reached many milestones and plateaus. However, he hasn't reached them alone.

Born December 30, 1984, James has been described, not without justification, as the King of Basketball. He’s a two-time world champion, a two-time Finals Most Valuable Player, a four-time NBA MVP, a nine-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-Star MVP, an NBA scoring champion and the Rookie of the Year.

He is, without question, the greatest player in the game of basketball today.

James is turning 29, a lifetime that has very much been spent in the public eye. He was a standout athlete in youth leagues and varsity sports. We watched, discussed, debated and anticipated as it became inevitable that he would go straight from high school into the NBA.

Despite all the fame and fortune, he’s still loyal to a small inner circle of family and close friends who’ve been there since the beginning.

James may be the centerpiece of the back-to-back world-champion Miami Heat but his story goes back to Akron, Ohio. Before the endorsements, the bright lights and all the accolades, there was some growing up to do. 

There was also life-changing relationships that would be formed—influences and alliances that would guide him through all the trials and tribulations as he climbed to the very top of the basketball world.

We might has well start at the beginning.

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