Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James didn’t have the best childhood. His way to the top was full of obstacles and problems.
In his freshman year at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, LeBron worked really hard to earn his spot on the varsity basketball team. His game was dominant. At the end of his sophomore year, LeBron won the Ohio Mr. Basketball title. This gave him a spot on the USA Today All-USA First Team.
This market the beginning of his big career. People watched him on TV. LeBron was always there. Fans didn’t even watch his rivals. It was all about him. In 2003, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted him as the first overall pick.
But, the superstar had a depressing childhood. In 2003, Lawrence Donegan chronicled his pathway to the top for the Guardian. LeBron’s mom, Gloria had him at 16. His father, Anthony McClelland, was “a casual boyfriend with an extensive criminal record.”
LeBron changed a lot of homes. He changed six locations in a year! The kid missed a lot of time at school. “I saw drugs, guns, killings; it was crazy,” the Lakers superstar told Donegan. But, everything changed overight.
LeBron will never forget his bad childhood
LeBron’s football coach, Frank Walker, found out about his terrible situation. What he did next changed everything. Walker offered to give LeBron a place to stay.
“My life changed. I had shelter and food,’ LeBron said. “I’ll never forget what the Walkers did for me, especially Frank. He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves because he’s real quiet, but he was the first one to give me a basketball and the first one to show a real interest.”
Walker gave LeBron a chance to reach for the stars. LeBron had a normal childhood, and he used this chance really well.
Today, LeBron is the greatest player of all time. He has better numbers than any other basketball legend. The forward has won three titles, two Olympic gold medals, and four NBA MVP awards. That’s not all. LeBron is going after his fourth title with the Los Angeles Lakers. He will win that in case the NBA season resumes.