LeBron James is one of the most dominant players in basketball history. Some people around the league credit the superstar's otherworldly physique as a reason he has become an unstoppable force, particularly during the earlier years of his career.
But what if the Los Angeles Lakers star did not grow to become a 6-foot-9, 250-lbs wrecking ball? In fact, when he was 11 years old, a doctor told LeBron he would only grow to be 6'3'', which did not sit well with him.
"When your idols are Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway, you're like [expletive]," James said to Cleveland.com. "You're looking on the back of basketball cards and it says M.J. 6'6'', Penny Hardaway 6'7&1/2'', Grant Hill 6'8'', you're like, 'I'm only going to be 6'3''? Golly. My dreams are shattered.' That's how it made me feel."
A fortunate miscalculation
Fortunately for the four-time MVP, the doctor's estimation was off by six inches. At the time, James said he was just 5'7'' and had yet to experience a growth spurt. By his freshman year, his height had already reached 6'3''.
Some might be wondering how his basketball career would have turned out if the doctor's prediction had been spot on. Of course, his dunk reels would surely be different.
And his iconic chase-down blocks would only be a thing of people's imagination.
As for the future Hall of Famer, he knows that not much would have been different except his height.
"I'll still be the same player, I'll just probably be shorter," James continued. "I'm not sure I'd still have that athleticism as far as how I jump, but as far as my intelligence, my basketball IQ, that wouldn't have changed at all."
Chasing a different record
As fans very well know, James is set to become the Association's all-time leading scorer this season. His muscular frame has likely helped him become a dominant scorer, especially since a ton of his points have come from inside the paint.
But what if the doctor's projection of James' height was correct? Then it is highly probable that the 18-time All-Star would be playing point guard full-time rather than point forward. If so, he might be chasing the all-time assists record instead. It wouldn't be that surprising, considering his incredible court vision.
Even if he did not grow to become 6-foot-9, it is clear that James would still be making his mark in the sport in other ways.