Thirteen times in his NBA career, LeBron James has reached the post season, and when the story of his career is told, it will probably begin with the many memorable moments he created during the 13 outings: eight NBA finals (including seven in a row), three championships, three finals MVP prizes, a triple doubles in the finale … the list goes on and continues.
But there are other moments – some you may not know about, and some you may have forgotten – that helps shape LeBron's history, stretches all the way back to the days after he was drafted by fashioning the biggest final comeback in NBA history. If you are not familiar with these 13 moments, you will not get the true full story of LeBron James Career.
The first summer of LeBron
The summer league was not yet a big event in 2003. But that year at Pepsi Pro The Summer League in Orlando moved games from a private gym to the TD Waterhouse Center to allow 13,000 fans to get a glimpse of James playing a meaningless game in an NBA training jersey for the first time.
Outside the arena, fans swarmed Cleveland Cavaliers when they reached a fleet of SUVs. According to the long-time communications director Tad Carper, it was a "playoff-like atmosphere."
"You could not see who was in the SUV and [fans] were knocking on the window and trying to scalp the tickets," Carper said.
A week later, at the Reebok Pro Summer League, waved and chartered a bus to take them to the small 3000-seat Clark Athletic Center on the UMass-Boston campus. Summer organizers arranged for provisional parking in which Carper is remembered as a mixed dirt and gravel party that would be safe from fans who also parked there.
It was not.
Several fans hid in the party by laying on the ground under their cars. When the paws stacked off the bus, the fans rolled out in common sight and hoped to get an autograph or a picture with James, who was unfaithful.
"I mean I was so sincere, I had so much in high school, it was not surprising for me or something I have not seen before," James said. "I mean, everywhere we went to high school, the man, there were people outside our room, whether we were in a motel or hotel or a Holiday Inn, people were there and tried to find out what the hype was about. much in high school over the last three years that when I came to the NBA it was like, "OK." "
Lunch with a legend
Before rookie James launched his left foot and cocked the ball back in his right arm for to throw down a direct iconic dunk in Sacramento, he dug into some chicken fat vaccine at the laghotel. It was his last lunch before a legendary run that would include several championships and MVP awards, and he broke bread with someone who had a pair of rings and own MVP: Moses Malone.
Hall of Famer, joining James through a Nike commercial shot, visited 19-year-old hotel rooms, shared stories about life in the NBA and offered advice.
"It was all about hard work and dedication," James said about Malone's message. "Whatever you give to the game, the game will bring you back … It was already in my head, but when you hear it from someone who has achieved so much, it resonates even more."
Malone, whom James graciously refers to as "Uncle Mo" was one of the rare greats of the game that embraced him from the beginning. His gesture meant the world of James when he went to the pro game.
"Just the simple fact that he was there," James said. "Just lied very real. I appreciate that day. It was about like the start of the trip." Sitting in that room and sitting with him and sitting with my dear. It was the beginning of the trip. "  A consoling call
On a day off March 2009, James drove two hours to Columbus to attend a high school match with his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary and Thurgood Marshall, a high school in Dayton.
It was a very controversial game with James School who finally won at six, but Thurgood Marshall's Juwan State, a spark plugs at the time, made 28 points defeat. In the moment after the last soprano, the state was in exhaustion and sorrow, holding his head in his hands as he began to cry. He felt that someone hugged him and began to talk to him.
"[James] grabbed me close. He told me he lost a state that ended his junior year. He told me I was a special player and holding my head up," said the State, who later continued playing in West Virginia . "He told me to remember the moment for the rest of my life. He told me it would drive me for the rest of my life, never feeling so again. It was wise words, and I have tried to live with them. "
Now a remarkable photo was created, James comforted and afforded a teenager at a devastating moment.
" It's just me I guess. It's not like it was planned. the child had a lot of talent. He played his heart toward our high school and he wanted to win that game as badly as you know, probably live, "said James. "And I mean he just cried, like a disaster, you know? I've been there. I was in my junior year … I just wanted to try to give my encouragement in any way I could."
The President and the King
James has been in the White House for three formal occasions when President Barack Obama honored his 2012, 2013 and 2016 championships. But it was the untidy times when James visited what was most pleasure for him .
In 2009, James was in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, for the premiere of a documentary he produced about his high school year, "More Than A Game." He made a surprise visit to the White House, even though he was not on Obama's official schedule for the day. James and Friends Rich Paul, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims got a tour of the West Wing and met Obama at the Oval Office. Obama also visited Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waiting a few minutes for a scheduled meeting.
A year later, a few weeks after signing with Miami Heat, James returned to the White House as part of what ended up being a historic download game to celebrate Obama's 49th birthday. Among those who participated were Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Magic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Bill Russell, Dwyane Wade and David West.
Fantasy, but still not reality  LeBron James made his debut on his own film in 2015's "Trainwreck". Sands / GC Images
James featured his debut in 2015 in "Trainwreck", and has long been rumored to be involved in a "Space Jam" sequel. But there is another story that precedes both of these, a decade old idea of having the James star in a movie about a fantasy basketball match.
After 2009, he had received attention to play four different versions of himself in Nike ads, James started a project about an adult fantasy basketball camp in Las Vegas. The script, from established scriptwriter Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, was produced by Brian Grazer. It was planned to film in 2010 and director Malcolm Lee spent time with James during the 2009-10 season.
However, after the decision, the production ceased. The project was dormant for three years. In 2013, Kevin Hart agreed to collaborate with James. The movie had a new name, "Ballers" and a new setting, Miami, where James just won two titles with Heat. Hart was ready to play James less talented brother. But James left Miami a year later and the project never hit the ground.
After "Trainwreck" returned momentum. In 2016, Mark Wahlberg announced "The Tonight Show" that he would star in a fantasy campfire with James, and it was written by Doug Ellin, the creator of Entourage. Nothing has happened to the concept since.
Will it ever be done?
"It's still jumping and the thought is still out there," James said. "Kev [Hart] is well, you can not stop him. The route he is at right now, he has no time to stay and wait. He has to stay on that wave. See what's happening."
Hanging up No. 23 … everywhere
After a game in 2009, LeBron James said in an interview that Michael Jordan's No. 23 should be retired.
Michael Jordan has participated in only tens of James games over the years. But when he sat past a game in Miami in November 2009, James seemed overwhelmed with emotions.
As he walked from the floor, he whispered to TNT's Craig Sager to dump his number 23 to honor Jordan. After the match, he doubled and suggested that the entire league retired Jordan's number. In Miami, Jordan's No. 23 is retired and hangs on a wall on the side of the stadium. That night Jordan sat next to Heat President Pat Riley, who had the idea of honoring Jordan despite never playing for Miami.
"He's the best basketball player we've ever seen," said James that night. "If you're looking 23, you're thinking of Michael Jordan, you see guys flying through the air, you're thinking about Michael Jordan. You see game-winning shots, you're thinking of Michael Jordan. You're watching airplane, you're thinking of Michael Jordan. He did so much , it must be acknowledged, not just by putting him in the Hall of Fame. "
A few weeks later, James left paperwork to change his number for the following season. When he signed the heat and switched to No. 6, there were some conspiracy theories James knew he was going to Miami and therefore he took up the number change. James denied it was true and noted that he would have to change his number if he logged in to Chicago, where it also retired for Jordan.
After finishing No. 6 for four years in Miami, James returned to no. 23 when he returned to Cleveland.