During his senior year at St. Vincent-St. Mary high school, LeBron James was being hyped as the next generational superstar in the NBA. During this time, the Cleveland Cavaliers had their eyes set on making them their face of the franchise. According to ESPN.com, James didn’t share that mutual feeling toward the Cavaliers.
When James was a teenager, he started attending games at the arena, and he couldn’t believe how bad the Cavs were, how empty the arena often was, with its bright blue seats seeming like a neon sign of disinterest. During his senior year of high school, he went to several games, was given courtside seats and visited the locker room. His thought was pretty clear after he watched that 17-win team with the lowest attendance in the league: They were awful, and he didn’t want to be a part of it.
Cleveland was coming off five straight seasons missing the playoffs capped off with a 17-win campaign in the year ahead of the 2003 NBA Draft. This also included three seasons with less than 30 wins. Despite his obvious hometown connections, the organization was clearly a big mess that was something that James didn’t want to be a part of.
However, once he was drafted things quickly changed as he took the organization to great heights including a trip to the NBA Finals. James may have left to pursue a championship with the Miami Heat, he returned to give the Cavaliers their first NBA title. This is something that has cemented his legacy among Cavaliers Fans but also his resume as one of the greatest players to play the game.