Skip to main content

One of LeBron's best untold stories


Kind of random, but today's post of LeBron sharing his arm sleeve with the kid in Phoenix reminded me of something he did, which not many other people got to witness:

In 2009, St. Vincent-St. Mary (LeBron's Alma Mater) was playing Thurgood Marshall for the DII Ohio State Championship. I was in the stadium watching as a recent StVM alum, and LeBron was sitting immediately behind the StVM bench, serving essentially as a coach, which is something he did often and still does for StVM and for the Cavs.

SVM ultimately won a nail-biter of a game, which featured 7 ties and 8 lead changes. Neither team ever led by more than 7 points. When the game concluded, LeBron stepped onto the court and briefly congratulated his team. Next, though, he walked to the Thurgood Marshall bench, grabbed their standout player by his jersey, and nearly dragged him to center court.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

This kid, Juwan Staten, a Junior, played the entire game and dropped 28 of his team's 53 total points. He was 11-21 (4-7 from outside) and added 2 points from the free-throw line. Juwan's face at center court, as he looked up in tears at the world's best basketball player is something that I'll always remember well. Here's a picture of the moment.

In an interview, Juwan shared what LeBron said: "He grabbed me close. He told me that he lost a state final his junior year. He told me I was a special player and to keep my head up. He told me to remember the moment for the rest of my life. He told me to let that drive me for the rest of my life, never to feel like that again"

Juwan went on to an impressive college career at Dayton and WVU, making the A10 All-Rookie team, Big12 All-Defensive team, and achieving Big12 First-Team honors, twice.

TLDR; Even a decade ago, LeBron knew that his position could have a big impact on a kid who deserved recognition. Even as a bystander, it was cool to watch.

via r/NBA @GoX14

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso

“The NBA told me I couldn’t” — Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso wasn't allowed to switch jersey number

Caruso wanted to honor Bill Russell, but the NBA had a surprising reason not to allow the switch.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and assistant coach Phil Handy

“This man doesn’t work hard all the time” - Lebron James’ work ethic was once questioned by an assistant coach

Phil Handy initially thought LeBron James didn't give his full effort all the time until he witnessed Zero Dark Thirty 23 in the playoffs.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka talks with forward Jayson Tatum

"S**t, on Twitter, like everybody else." — Jayson Tatum on how he found out about Ime Udoka's suspension

Tatum, who mentioned that he developed a close bond with Udoka, also revealed that he hasn't spoken to his head coach since the suspension was reported.

USA guard Kobe Bryant, Spain forward Pau Gasol

Kobe Bryant ran through Pau Gasol’s chest just to send a message

Kobe Bryant wanted to set the tone from the first play, and it didn't matter if he had to pin down a close friend.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, guard Jrue Holiday, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

Three Milwaukee Bucks players on ESPN Top-100 list

Despite popular opinion, Jrue Holiday was ranked higher than Khris Middleton.