words // Brandon Richard
Two NBA Championships. Two-time Finals MVP. Four-time league MVP. Nine-time All-Star. Seven-time All-NBA First Team. Five-time All-Defense First Team. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. And he’s not even 30.
Today, LeBron James celebrates his 29th Birthday. The most publicized American sports prospect of all-time has lived up to the hype and then some. With his eyes on a three-peat, James is still somehow showing signs of improvement, averaging 25.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 59.2% from the field. That makes him the only perimeter player Top 10 in field goal percentage.
With LeBron, you get the sense that the best is yet to come. Four or five more prime years could shape one of the greatest basketball legacies we’ve ever seen — maybe even THE greatest.
Celebrating another year of greatness, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to April 2004, when James covered the catalog in amazing velour gear and his Nike Air Zoom Generation signature shoe. At this point LeBron picked up his sixth-straight Rookie of the Month Award and wrapped up a Rookie of the Year campaign.
Almost a decade later, what do you remember about 2004 and LeBron’s rookie season?