Lebron James Essay

1604 Words Nov 15th, 2012 7 Pages
Joe Matela
Green/1 April 13, 2012
Rough Draft They inbound the ball, he takes it past mid-court with only 2 seconds left; he dribbles to the three-point line and somehow gets the shot off. It goes in! They win the hard-fought game by nailing the buzzer-beater; this is just one of the 17 game-winning shots that LeBron James has made in his short, eight-year career to give his team the lead in the final seconds of the game. LeBron James is just one of the many athletes that play the exciting game of American Basketball, a fast-paced sport that is extremely entertaining and viewed by an abundance of people through-out the globe. There have been, there are, and there will be many individuals who play the game of basketball very
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One of these five positions is called the, “Small Forward.” The Small Forward is responsible for scoring points by cutting to the basket and using dribble penetration, and on defense seeks rebounds and steals. There are few Small Forwards that preform at a high level of intensity every night; LeBron James is one of these elite few. LeBron James was, “born December 30th, 1984,” (“LeBron James” 1), in Akron, Ohio, (“LeBron James: American Basketball player.” Newsmakers 1). At the time, the population in Akron was around 225,000 people, (Bissinger 7). “His mother, Gloria, gave birth to James when she was just 16 years old and became his biggest fan,” (“LeBron James: American Basketball player”. Newsmakers 1). “He never knew his biological father, who was reputed to be a stellar street-basketball player,” (“LeBron James: American Basketball player.” Newsmakers 1). The most stable male influence in his early life was his mom’s boyfriend, Eddie Jackson, who James sometimes refers to as his dad. However, in 2002, Eddie Jackson was sentenced to three years in prison for mail and mortgage fraud, (“LeBron James: American Basketball player.” Newsmakers 1). James did not have an easy upbringing. His mother switched jobs and houses often. “By the time James was five years old, they had moved seven times,” (“LeBron James: American Basketball player.” Newsmakers 1). He missed large stretches of

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