IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve talked about it often Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that night in February 2003 when I sat under the basket in Trenton to witness a high school LeBron James streaking across the sky, two very definitive things occurred to me.
The first was that I finally had my own Jordan. Someone to follow from the start Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from before the start. I was too young when MJ started, so I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fully appreciate the phenomenon of his career until very late in the game. I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make that mistake here.
And at the very same moment, I looked around me and realized that I had already lost him, partially to my own whims, which mirrored those around me.
(Note: I originally wrote this during the fall in conjunction with the release of Ã¢â‚¬Å“More than a Game,Ã¢â‚¬Â but while writing about the Primetime Shootout this weekend, I grew nostalgic for the greatest high school performance I had ever seen at the 2003 Shootout. I usually donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t re-up posts, but indulge me here. StuffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about to get crazy with LeBron as July 1, 2010 approaches, but I contend that this game in Trenton was a snapshot in time that will never be duplicated.)
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a movie that came out in theaters this weekend that I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to see. It has extra meaning to me and I find it particularly inspirational. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d go as far as to go on record and say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the feel-good movie of the season.
Obviously, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m talking about Zombieland, with the great Woody Harrelson.
Okay, I admit, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just kidding. Though I do plan to see Zombieland, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m referring more to More than a Game, the documentary chronicling St. Vincent-St. MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, the high school team that featured a young man named LeBron James. Considering my personal experience with that era of his life, the movie holds extra meaning to me.
As you may have noticed, this site has covered LeBron pretty closely Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from his impending cataclysmic free agency, to his relationship with rappers, to his complete dominance of the media. Well, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not new. Long before SportsAngleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hiatus, when LeBron was still technically in high school, we decided to follow him every step of the way.