His nickname is “The Chosen One” and he is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time.

But before he became an NBA superstar, LeBron James had to hurdle difficulties on his path to greatness.

LeBron never knew his father. His mother was 16-years-old when she gave birth to him. His father was an ex-convict who left her mother after learning of the pregnancy.

Homeless, LeBron and his mother lived from one friend’s house to another. He often slept on couches and used food stamps to buy snacks. He would miss going to school because he couldn’t afford transportation.

“I think the reason why I am who I am today,” LeBron tells Goalcast, “is because I went through those tough times when I was younger.”

He was introduced to sports at the age 9 when he was sent to live with a local youth coach. In high school, scouts began to take notice of LeBron’s talent.

“Sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs,” LeBron reveals. “Sports was my way out.”

He became the first overall draft pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the Cavs suffered their worst loss ever, fans blamed LeBron. When LeBron left the team, fans burned his jerseys.

LeBron kept working on his game, never giving up. He led his new team to back-to-back championships, and then returned to break his old team’s 52-year championship curse.

“I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it,” he said.

In 2016, LeBron became the highest-paid player in the NBA.

Lebron James: King of the Court

Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, NBA superstar Lebron James was always destined for greatness. Except, that's not how his story really goes. Nicknamed 'The Chosen One', Lebron's path to greatness wasn’t so much a straight line as it was a zig zag, obstructed by poverty, low self-esteem and the pressure to be great. This is his story.

Posted by Goalcast on Saturday, 7 July 2018

 

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