In 2002, a young LeBRON RAYMONE JAMES was in the 11th grade, and; playing basketball for the ST. VINCENT - ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL FIGHTING IRISH in his hometown of AKRON, OHIO!!!
Today, LeBRON JAMES is one of the most famous people on the face of the entire Planet Earth.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine took Akron, OH, High School kid LeBron James, made him the Cover Story of their February 8, 2002 issue, and; dubbed him The CHOSEN ONE.
With THAT cover, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED changed EVERYTHING.
Now, 15 years later, SI Senior Writer GRANT WAHL, the author of that piece, joins host SI VAULT PODCAST Host TED KEITH to discuss the story, what James was like before the spotlight really began to intensify and the debate about whether the magazine should put such a young athlete on its cover.