The Evolution of LeBron James: A Journey Through Time

2002 Winter High School All-Star MVP for Boys basketball: LeBron James of St. Vincent-St. Mary. James is a junior. Photo shot at St. Vincent-St. Mary for All-Star section that runs April 16, 2002. (Marvin Fong/ The Plain Dealer)


LeBron James’s journey over the years, February 7, 2023
Capturing the spotlight in the 2002 Winter High School All-Star game, LeBron James emerged as the MVP for Boys basketball while representing St. Vincent-St. Mary. At that time, he was just a junior. This memorable photo was taken during the shoot at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s for the All-Star section, scheduled to be published on April 16, 2002. (Credited to Marvin Fong/ The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James speaks to the crowd during the grand opening of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public school's I Promise school Monday, July 30, 2018.  Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

Joshua Gunter captures the journey of LeBron James in a series of captivating photographs taken on February 7, 2023. One striking image shows LeBron James addressing the audience at the momentous inauguration of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public School’s I Promise school on July 30, 2018. The photograph, taken by Joshua Gunter, beautifully portrays the passion and dedication that LeBron James has towards his philanthropic endeavors.

General Manager Jim Paxson, left, gives LeBron James his jersey at his first news conference Friday after being selected first overall in the NBA Draft. (C.H.Pete Copeland/ The Plain Dealer)


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The iconic journey of LeBron James, spanning from February 7, 2023

LeBron James, the basketball prodigy, experienced a significant milestone as General Manager Jim Paxson handed him his very own jersey during his inaugural news conference. This pivotal moment marked James’ selection as the first overall pick in the illustrious NBA Draft. Captured by C.H.Pete Copeland from The Plain Dealer, the image immortalizes the anticipation and excitement surrounding James’ promising career ahead.

LeBron James of the East raises the the number one sign as he takes the floor for the East at Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

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LeBron James has been a force to be reckoned with in the basketball world over the years. On February 7, 2023, James once again showcased his dominance as he geared up to compete in the East team at Gund Arena in Cleveland, OH. With his head held high, James confidently raised his hand to display the iconic number one sign, symbolizing his team’s determination to emerge victorious. The energy was palpable, and fans eagerly awaited James and his teammates to demonstrate their skills on the court. As the game commenced, the anticipation and excitement intensified, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for basketball enthusiasts. James’ presence alone was enough to ignite a sense of awe and admiration for his talent and commitment to the sport. His journey through the years has been filled with remarkable achievements and unforgettable moments, solidifying his status as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hoists the Larry O'Brien trophy at a rally to honor him after winning the NBA championship and MVP award.   Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com.  June 23, 2016. Akron.

On February 7, 2023, a momentous day in LeBron James’ career, the talented forward from the Cleveland Cavaliers proudly raises the esteemed Larry O’Brien trophy at a special event organized to celebrate his remarkable achievement of clinching both the NBA championship and the coveted MVP award. Joshua Gunter, a prominent photographer from cleveland.com, impeccably captures this triumphant moment on June 23, 2016, in Akron.

March 23, 2002 Columbus, OH. Value City Arena.....LeBron James of St. Vincent St. Mary receives the second place OHSAA medal during team trophy ceremonies held midcourt at Value City Arena.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

ROADELL HICKMAN’s Photograph Capturing LeBron James’ Journey, February 7, 2023
On March 23, 2002, in Columbus, OH, specifically at the Value City Arena, something extraordinary happened. It was a moment that would be etched in the memory of basketball enthusiasts forever. LeBron James, representing St. Vincent St. Mary, was awarded the second-place OHSAA medal during the remarkable team trophy ceremony held at midcourt. This magical moment was captured by the talented photographer Roadell Hickman, working for The Plain Dealer. The image freezes a glimpse of James’ exceptional journey, showcasing his early achievements in the world of basketball.


2002 Winter High School All-Star MVP for Boys basketball: LeBron James of St. Vincent-St. Mary. James is a junior. Photo shot at St. Vincent-St. Mary for All-Star section that runs April 16, 2002. (Marvin Fong/ The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James over the course of time, on February 7, 2023. Back in 2002, during his high school years, he was honored as the Winter All-Star MVP for Boys basketball. Representing St. Vincent-St. Mary, James, a talented junior, showcased his skills and made a noteworthy impact. A photograph capturing that unforgettable moment was taken at St. Vincent-St. Mary, specifically for the All-Star section, and it was later featured in The Plain Dealer on April 16, 2002, credited to Marvin Fong.

Tyler Heckman, 7, of Copley Twp. in Summit County, got a visit from a group of players that included local standout LeBron James as groups of players toured Akron Children's Hospital Sunday afternoon.     SUNDAY MARCH 23,2003 (BILL KENNEDY/PLAIN DEALER)

LeBron James has made a lasting impact throughout his career, as shown in a heartwarming moment that took place on February 7, 2023. During a visit to Akron Children’s Hospital, LeBron James joined a group of players who spread smiles and joy to the young patients. One particular encounter that stood out was with Tyler Heckman, a 7-year-old from Copley Twp. in Summit County. This special visit created a memorable and uplifting experience for Tyler and others, showcasing LeBron James’ commitment to making a difference in his community.

LeBron James makes his way through the IMG building to talk with the Miami Heat Friday, July 2, 2010 in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)


9 out of 110 photos in the collection showcase the journey of LeBron James over the years. On February 7, 2023, LeBron James was seen walking through the IMG building in Cleveland. The purpose of his visit was to have a conversation with the Miami Heat. The photo, taken by Joshua Gunter of The Plain Dealer, captures LeBron James making his way through the building on July 2, 2010.

LeBron James makes his way through the IMG building to talk with the Miami Heat Friday, July 2, 2010 in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

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Scott Shaw
LeBron James over the course of time, February 7, 2023
Following their defeat to the Detroit team on Sunday, Cleveland Cavaliers athlete LeBron James disembarks from the plane upon arrival in Cleveland. The individual seen in front remains unidentified. This photograph was captured on May 21, 2006. (Scott Shaw/The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James walks off the plane in Cleveland after their loss to Detroit Sunday. Man in front is unknown.  Photo taken May 21, 2006.  (Scott Shaw/The Plain Dealer)

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Capturing the Evolution of LeBron James
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Witnessing LeBron James’ Incredible Journey
In a thrilling basketball clash on December 7, 2002, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s shining star LeBron James, wearing jersey number 23, demonstrated his skill as he maneuvered past the Chicago Julian defender, Jim Brown, in an exciting game held at the University of Akron. Phil Long, a renowned photographer, was present to capture this iconic moment. Undoubtedly, this image marked the early stages of LeBron James’ extraordinary evolution as a dominant force in basketball.


Cleveland Indians had the Cavaliers #1 draft pick LeBron James throw out the first pitch before last nights game against the Cincinnati Reds.  LeBron acknowledges the cheers from the fans before he threw the pitch.  Shot on June 27, 2003.  (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, an exciting moment took place at the Cleveland Indians game against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cavaliers’ top draft pick, LeBron James, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. The crowd erupted in applause as LeBron graciously acknowledged their cheers before showcasing his pitching skills. This memorable event was captured on June 27, 2003, by Chuck Crow, a talented photographer from The Plain Dealer.

St. Vincent-St. Mary forward LeBron James (23) drives past Chicago Julian defender Jim Brown during the second half at the University of Akron, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002. (PHIL LONG/SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER)

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ROADELL HICKMAN
A Journey with LeBron James, February 7, 2023
During a nail-biting match, LeBron James from St. Vincent St. Mary managed to secure a remarkable two-point dunk in the final period. Unfortunately, St. Vincent St. Mary had to settle for second place in the state basketball tournament, losing to the formidable Roger Bacon High, held at Value City Arena. (Captured by Roadell Hickman for The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Indians had the Cavaliers #1 draft pick LeBron James throw out the first pitch before last nights game against the Cincinnati Reds.  LeBron acknowledges the cheers from the fans before he threw the pitch.  Shot on June 27, 2003.  (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)


LeBron James’s journey over the years, February 7, 2023
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School witnessed one of LeBron James’s remarkable basketball moments as he effortlessly drove to the hoop for an impressive two-point shot during the third quarter against Akron Central Hower. This exhilarating showdown took place in Akron on Sunday, February 25, 2001, leaving spectators in awe of LeBron’s exceptional skills. Ultimately, St. Vincent-St. Mary emerged victorious with a final score of 70-60. This unforgettable game captured by Phil Long truly showcases the early brilliance and potential of the iconic LeBron James.

LeBron James of St. Vincent St.Mary dunks for two points in the 4th period of play. St. Vincent St. Mary took runner-up to Roger Bacon High in the state basketball tournament at Value City Arena. (Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

Gus Chan beautifully captures the various stages of LeBron James’ illustrious career in his collection of photographs, dated February 7, 2023. Among these captivating images, one highlights the remarkable moment when James proudly clutched the NBA Most Valuable Player trophy, which he had been awarded on Monday, May 4, 2009. With deep significance, James chose to share this triumphant moment with his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, where he graciously delivered the trophy presentation.

LeBron James of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School drives to the basket or two points during the third quarter against Akron Central Hower, in Akron, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001. St. V-St. M won the game 70-60. (PHIL LONG/SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER)

On February 7, 2023, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was getting ready to make an appearance at a celebratory event held in his honor. Having recently secured the NBA championship and the prestigious MVP award, James was about to take the stage amidst much anticipation and excitement. The rally, held in his hometown of Akron, was a testament to his remarkable journey and incredible achievements in the world of basketball. The event was expertly captured by Joshua Gunter, a photographer from cleveland.com, who skillfully documented this memorable moment for posterity.


LeBron James holds the NBA Most Valuable Player trophy after being named the leagues outstanding player Monday, May 4, 2009.  James held the trophy presentation at his former high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron.  (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

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PHIL LONG
LeBron James over the years, February 7, 2023
During the third quarter of the Div. III Regional Championship on Saturday, March 17, 2001, LeBron James (23) from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School skillfully takes a shot over Steve Pryor, a defender from Villa-Angela/St. Joseph. The game ended with a 71-42 victory for St. V-St. M. (PHIL LONG/SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James prepares to take the stage at a rally to honor him after winning the NBA championship and MVP award.   Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com.  June 23, 2016. Akron.

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ROADELL HICKMAN
A Journey with LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Witnessing the lively camaraderie, LeBron James and Marcus Allen, both players from St. Vincent-St. Mary, rejoice at midcourt after emerging victorious against Archbishop Alter at the vibrant Value City Arena. (Captured by Roadell Hickman for The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James (23) of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School gets a shot over Villa-Angela/St. Joseph defender Steve Pryor during the third quarter of the Div. III Regional Championship in Canton, Saturday, March 17, 2001. St. V-St. M won the game 71-42.(PHIL LONG/SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER)


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Capturing LeBron James’ Journey over Time, February 7, 2023
In the basketball courts of Akron, Ohio, a young LeBron James displayed his awe-inspiring talent as he powerfully slammed the ball, scoring two points for his team, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. It was a memorable moment in a game against Akron Central-Hower, as their triumph led to a final score of 70-60. This captivating scene was captured by the skilled lens of Phil Long, a special contributor to The Plain Dealer.

LeBron James poses for photographers with his Hummer after his press conference Friday afternoon in Akron.   FRIDAY  APRIL 25, 2003  (BILL KENNEDY/PLAIN DEALER)

LeBron James captured the attention of photographers as he proudly stood beside his Hummer, striking a pose after his press conference on a sunny day in the vibrant city of Akron. This memorable moment took place on Friday, April 25, 2003, solidifying LeBron’s presence in the public eye throughout the years.

St. Vincent-St. Mary players LeBron James(left) and Marcus Allen celebrate midcourt as they defeat Archbishop Alter at Value City Arena. (Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James’ Journey Over the Years – February 7, 2023
In a joyous moment, the triumphant St. Vincent-St. Mary players, including LeBron James positioned at the back left, Sean Cotton at the back right, Dru Joyce at the left front, and Romeo Travis at the right front, proudly hoist the well-deserved 1st place trophy at the State Championships. (Captured by Roadell Hickman from The Plain Dealer)


LeBron James of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School slams home two points during the first quarter against Akron Central-Hower Sunday in Akron. St. V-St.M won the game 70-60.  (PHIL LONG/SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER)

LeBron James has been a well-known figure in the world of basketball for many years. On February 7, 2023, he made a special visit to Akron Children’s Hospital along with a group of players. During their visit, they came across 26-month-old Jesse Hyatt and her mother, Joyce, who were completely surprised by their presence.

As LeBron and Joyce shared a lighthearted moment, little Jesse was captivated by the towering presence of the basketball players in her room. It was a heartwarming sight to see her studying them with such intensity.

This special encounter took place on a Sunday afternoon, specifically on March 23, 2003, as captured by Bill Kennedy, an observer from the Plain Dealer. This unique moment highlights LeBron’s generosity and the impact he has made in the lives of his fans, even at such a young age.

LeBron James poses for photographers with his Hummer after his press conference Friday afternoon in Akron.   FRIDAY  APRIL 25, 2003  (BILL KENNEDY/PLAIN DEALER)

23 out of 110 NBA Finals articles captured the moment when Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown presented the Larry O’Brien trophy to LeBron James, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time. This event took place on February 7, 2023, during a jubilant rally organized to commemorate the Cavs’ victory as the 2016 NBA Champions. Joshua Gunter, a renowned photographer from cleveland.com, beautifully captured this historic moment in Cleveland, Ohio.

Celebrating their victory at the State Championships St. Vincent-St. Mary players LeBron James(back left), Sean Cotton(back right) Dru Joyce(left front) and Romeo Travis(right front) hold the 1st place trophy overhead.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

Bill Kennedy, a photographer for The Plain Dealer, captured a captivating snapshot of LeBron James during his sophomore year at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s. This image, taken on March 19, 2001, showcases the young basketball prodigy in his early stages of greatness.

26-month-old Jesse Hyatt of Wooster and her mom, Joyce, got a surprise visit from a group of players that included local standout LeBron James, seated,  as groups of players toured Akron Children's Hospital Sunday afternoon.   While LeBron and Joyce enjoy a light moment, Jesse intently studies the tall players that invaded her room.  SUNDAY MARCH 23,2003 (BILL KENNEDY/PLAIN DEALER)

On February 7, 2023, an intriguing snapshot was captured of basketball superstar LeBron James, known for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite his legendary status on the court, James took a break to attend the SVSM-Benedictine football game in Akron, OH on Friday, September 7, 2018. The photo, taken by Marvin Fong for The Plain Dealer, showcases James on the sidelines, immersing himself in the energy and excitement of the game.

Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown hands the Larry O'Brien trophy to Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James at a rally to celebrate and honor the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.    Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 22, 2016. Cleveland.

On February 7, 2023, Joshua Gunter captured a beautiful snapshot of LeBron James’ journey over the years. The photo showcased Alvin Smith, a talented graphic designer from Cleveland, proudly displaying a sign he had created. The sign was a heartfelt expression of joy and anticipation, made shortly after LeBron James revealed his decision to return to Cleveland on July 11, 2014. Standing outside of Quicken Loans Arena, Smith’s sign was a symbol of hope and a plea for LeBron to come back home. Joshua Gunter skillfully captured this emotional moment, immortalizing the excitement shared by fans across Cleveland.

St. Vincent-St. Mary's sophomore LeBron James. Photo credit: Bill Kennedy/The Plain Dealer. Shot 3/19/01.

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Photographer Brynne Shaw captured a candid moment of Cavaliers basketball superstar LeBron James sharing a laugh with David Wesley and Eric Snow on the Wine Bench during a scrimmage held at James A Rhodes Arena in Akron. The photo was taken on Saturday, October 8, 2006, and published in The Plain Dealer newspaper.

LeBron James, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, was on the sideline during the SVSM-Benedictine football game in Akron, OH, Friday, September 7, 2018.  (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, an iconic moment took place as Cleveland Cavaliers’ stellar forward, LeBron James, addressed a jubilant crowd during a celebratory rally held in his honor. This memorable occasion was orchestrated to commemorate his spectacular achievement of clinching both the NBA championship and the prestigious MVP award. The eloquent speech delivered by LeBron James captivated the audience, leaving a lasting impression on the heart of every individual present. It was a historical moment that evoked immense pride not only for the city of Cleveland but also for LeBron James himself, who hails from the town of Akron.

Alvin Smith, a graphic designer from Cleveland, holds up a sign he made shortly after LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland Friday, July 11, 2014, outside of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Smith made the sign two days ago in hopes that LeBron would return home.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

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CHUCK CROW
LeBron James throughout his journey, February 7, 2023
In a relaxed press conference held at the Radisson Hotel in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James was surrounded by his beloved friends and family. This memorable moment was captured on May 22, 2003, marking a significant milestone in his illustrious career. (Photograph credit: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James shares a laugh with former NBA player Darryl Dawkins at the Cleveland Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Tower City in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James has had many memorable moments throughout his career. On February 7, 2023, one of those moments was captured in a photograph. In the picture, LeBron can be seen sharing a laugh with former NBA player Darryl Dawkins during the Cleveland Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown. This event took place at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater in Cleveland on a sunny day, Saturday, May 29, 2010. The Tower City backdrop adds to the charm of this candid moment between the two basketball legends. The photo, taken by Joshua Gunter for The Plain Dealer, gives us a glimpse into the lighter side of LeBron James and the camaraderie he shares with his fellow players.

LeBron James takes the stage with Jay-Z for the

LeBron James has been a prominent figure for quite some time now, and his journey is definitely one for the books. On February 7, 2023, we can look back at the significant moments in his career and see how he has evolved.

One unforgettable event was when LeBron James joined forces with the legendary rapper, Jay-Z, for the incredible “Last Chance for Change” concert. This concert took place on October 29, 2008, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The purpose of the concert was to show support for Barack Obama, who was running for the presidency at the time.

The image captured by Joshua Gunter for The Plain Dealer perfectly showcases the charismatic presence of LeBron James and Jay-Z on stage. Both of these iconic figures came together to promote a cause that they truly believed in.

This particular moment in LeBron James’ journey highlights his involvement beyond the game of basketball. It reminds us of his influence and the power he holds as a respected athlete and public figure.

LeBron James continues to make an impact, both on and off the court. With each passing year, he adds another chapter to his already impressive legacy.

DAILY FEATURE ONE OF SOME-- Cavaliers star LeBron James laughs with David Wesley and Eric Snow on the Wine Bench during a scrimmige at James A Rhodes Arena in Akron. Shot Saturday October 8, 2006.  (Brynne Shaw/The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, Marvin Fong captured a timeless moment featuring the legendary basketball player LeBron James. Once associated with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James now shines as a distinguished member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The scene unfolds during the thrilling SVSM-Benedictine football game in Akron, OH, on Friday, September 7, 2018, where James, with his remarkable aura, graced the sidelines. Marvin Fong’s photograph, courtesy of The Plain Dealer, immortalizes this charismatic athlete’s presence on that unforgettable evening.

LeBron James takes the stage with Jay-Z for the Last Chance for Change concert  in support of Barack Obama Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

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LeBron James over the course of time, February 7, 2023
On Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, LeBron James joined Jay-Z on stage for the Last Chance for Change concert. The event aimed to raise support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. (Photographed by Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speaks to the crowd at a rally to honor him after winning the NBA championship and MVP award.   Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 23, 2016. Akron.

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CHUCK CROW
LeBron James throughout the years, February 7, 2023
LeBron James, the chosen player by the Cavs this season, prepares himself for batting practice ahead of the match between Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians on Friday evening. This moment was captured at Jacobs Field on June 27, 2003. (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James, during press conference at the Radisson Hotel, in Akron, Ohio, with his friends and family.  Shot on May 22, 2003.  (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James throughout the decades, on February 7, 2023
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Detroit Pistons with a score of 91-87 in game four of the Eastern Conference finals on May 29, 2007, LeBron James displayed his affection by giving a tender kiss to his beloved mother, Gloria, as he exited the court. This heartwarming moment took place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only did the Cavaliers secure a win, but they also squared the series at two games each. A snapshot captured by John Kuntz of The Plain Dealer immortalized this touching interaction between LeBron and his mother.

LeBron James shares a laugh with former NBA player Darryl Dawkins at the Cleveland Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Tower City in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, LeBron James, the talented forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, joyfully lifted the prestigious Larry O’Brien trophy above his head. This memorable moment took place during a celebratory rally organized to pay tribute to the victorious 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The trophy was presented to LeBron by none other than the legendary Jim Brown. This heartfelt event was captured by Joshua Gunter from cleveland.com on June 22, 2016, in the vibrant city of Cleveland.

LeBron James takes the stage with Jay-Z for the

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On February 7, 2023, LeBron James was captured soaring through the years. In a heartwarming event called the State Farm King for Kids Bikeathon, held in Akron on Saturday, June 21, 2008, LeBron James embarked on an extraordinary eight-mile journey. This event, known for its family-friendly atmosphere, is a powerful fundraiser that acknowledges and celebrates the remarkable achievements of Akron-area children. Thanks to the incredible support and collaboration of the City of Akron, this event seeks to honor those children who have succeeded academically, enhanced their physical fitness, and made significant contributions to their community. The Plain Dealer captured this stunning moment in time, thanks to the talented photographer, Joshua Gunter.

LeBron James, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, was on the sideline during the SVSM-Benedictine football game in Akron, OH, Friday, September 7, 2018.  (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

38 out of 110. Joshua Gunter captures the evolution of LeBron James over the years in an exciting series of photographs. On February 7, 2023, a jubilant crowd gathers at a rally to pay tribute to LeBron James, the talented forward of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who secured both the NBA championship and the coveted MVP award. The images, expertly captured by Joshua Gunter, showcase the exuberance and admiration emanating from the fans. Dated June 23, 2016, the photographs not only depict a moment of triumph but also highlight the pride of LeBron’s hometown, Akron, and its unwavering support for their beloved basketball star.

LeBron James takes the stage with Jay-Z for the Last Chance for Change concert  in support of Barack Obama Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James over the years: A Photographic Journey, February 7, 2023
Enthusiastic fans capture memorable moments of LeBron James at the thrilling Cleveland Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown in the vibrant setting of Time Warner Cable Amphitheater on Saturday, May 29, 2010. The event took place amidst the buzzing atmosphere of Tower City in Cleveland. However, James playfully kept the crowd eagerly anticipating his entrance for approximately 45 minutes. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James, the Cavs #1 pick this year, gets ready to hit batting practice before the Cincinnati Reds-Cleveland Indians game on Friday night.  Shot at Jacobs Field.  Shot on June 27, 2003.  (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

St. Vincent-St. Mary’s LeBron James effortlessly maneuvers past Archbishop Alter’s player, Andy Stichweh, during the exhilarating State Finals matchup at Value City Arena on February 7, 2023. Captured by the talented Roadell Hickman of The Plain Dealer, this snapshot perfectly showcases James’ dynamic skills and agility.

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James gives a kiss to his mother Gloria as he leaves the court after the Cavs beat the Detroit Pistons 91-87 during game four of the Eastern Conference finals May 29, 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavs won the game, 91-87, to tie the series at two.   (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

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Brynne Shaw
Witnessing LeBron James’ Evolution, February 7, 2023
LeBron James, then a high school Junior playing for SVSM in the hometown of Akron, showcased his incredible athleticism by throwing down a powerful dunk during the first half of the game. On December 15, 2001, SVSM faced off against Louisville Male (KY) at James A Rhodes Arena in Akron, providing an exciting spectacle for the fans in attendance. (Photograph captured by Brynne Shaw for The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hoists the  Larry O'Brien trophy into the air after having it handed to him by Jim Brown at a rally to celebrate and honor the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.    Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 22, 2016. Cleveland.

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The Evolution of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
In a heartwarming moment, Paloma Fernandez Martin, a Spanish exchange student and avid supporter of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, eagerly adds her name to the car of Austin Briggs, a Kent State student associated with Hats Off Entertainment. This act serves as a hopeful gesture to retain James in Cleveland. The heartfelt incident took place on July 8, 2010, outside the renowned Harry Buffalos restaurant, which is nestled in the heart of Cleveland. (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James takes off on an eight mile ride during the State Farm King for Kids Bikeathon in Akron Saturday, June 21, 2008. The popular family-friendly fundraising event, which is made possible with the support and cooperation of the City of Akron, will recognize and reward Akron-area children who have achieved academic success, improved their physical fitness and made important contributions to the community.    (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

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By Joshua Gunter
On February 7, 2023, reflective images of LeBron James’ journey unfold. Among them, we witness a heartwarming scene as LeBron engages in playful moments with his beloved daughter Zhuri. This cherished occasion took place during the momentous grand opening of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public School’s I Promise school on a memorable Monday, July 30, 2018. The captured photographs, courtesy of Joshua Gunter from cleveland.com, encapsulate the joyous bond shared between LeBron and Zhuri.

Fans celebrate at a rally to honor Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James after winning the NBA championship and MVP award.   Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com.  June 23, 2016. Akron.

LeBron James over the years: A nostalgic journey, February 7, 2023
Capturing the essence of Cleveland’s fervent support, a vibrant banner gracefully adorns the bustling East 9th Street, precisely where it intersects with Euclid Avenue. This iconic photograph, taken on June 30, 2010, proudly showcases the emblem of the Cleveland Cavaliers, emphasizing the significance of remaining with one’s roots – an unmistakable plea to the esteemed Cavaliers’ superstar, LeBron James, as he embarks on his upcoming venture into the world of free agency. (Image credit: John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

Fans snap photos of LeBron James during the Cleveland Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Tower City in Cleveland.  James kept the crowd waiting for about 45 minutes before showing up.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

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By Joshua Gunter
Chronicles of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Before the official MVP accolade is handed out, fans eagerly commemorate LeBron James’ consecutive second win. (Captured by Joshua Gunter for The Plain Dealer)

Akron Saint Vincent Saint Mary 's LeBron James goes up for a dunk in fourth quarter of action during Saint Vincent Saint Mary's rout of Akron Buchtel this afternoon at the James A. Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron.  Sunday January 27, 2002  (Chris Stephens/The Plain Dealer)

Chris Stephens

Capture the evolution of LeBron James over the years with these incredible snapshots from February 7, 2023. Witness the prowess of Akron Saint Vincent Saint Mary’s very own LeBron James as he soars through the air for an impressive dunk during a thrilling match against Akron Buchtel at the prestigious James A. Rhodes Arena, located at the University of Akron. This exhilarating moment took place on Sunday, January 27, 2002, and was expertly captured by Chris Stephens from The Plain Dealer. Relish in the extraordinary journey of LeBron James as he continues to make his mark in the world of basketball.

St. Vincent-St. Mary's LeBron James drives pass an Archbishop Alter player No.33 Andy Stichweh during the 3rd period of State Finals action at Value City Arena.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, an iconic image was captured of LeBron James, the talented forward of the Cleveland Cavaliers, clutching the prestigious Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy. This victorious moment occurred after the Cavaliers secured a hard-fought victory against the Golden State Warriors, with a final score of 93-89. The date of this triumphant occasion was June 19, 2016. The photograph was expertly taken by Gus Chan, a skilled photographer affiliated with The Plain Dealer.

LeBron James, a Junior for SVSM in Akron, slams one in during the first half.  SVSM played Louisville Male (KY), today, December 15, 2001, at James A Rhodes Arena in Akron. (Brynne Shaw/The Plain Dealer)

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CHRIS STEPHENS
The Evolution of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Captured during a break in the action, LeBron James is seen here in a match against Brush at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center on January 13, 2002 (Chris Stephens/The Plain Dealer)

Paloma Fernandez Martin, an exchange student from Spain who has become a big Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James fan, signs her name to the car of Kent State student Austin Briggs with Hats Off Entertainment in hopes of keeping James in Cleveland July 8, 2010 outside of harry Buffalos restaurant in Cleveland.   (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers embraced an anonymous family acquaintance at Akron University’s InfoCision Stadium on June 19, 2010. The heartwarming moment took place during the LeBron James Appreciation Day rally, where he was recognized as Akron’s Hometown Hero and presented with a magnificent crystal award. This event was significant as it coincided with James’ impending free agency, and devoted Cavaliers fans passionately hoped to convince him to remain with the team. The tender embrace captured the emotional connection between James and the supportive community that had proudly watched him thrive.

LeBron James gives a speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player  at a ceremony at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School  Monday, May 4, 2009.   (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

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Gus Chan
Reliving LeBron James’ Journey: February 7, 2023
At St. Vincent-St. Mary High School on Monday, May 4, 2009, LeBron James took the stage and delivered a heartfelt speech upon receiving the prestigious title of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James plays with his daughter Zhuri during the grand opening of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public school's I Promise school Monday, July 30, 2018.  Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

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Joshua Gunter
A look at the evolution of LeBron James, as of February 7, 2023
LeBron James provides responses to inquiries from journalists at the exciting launch event of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public School’s I Promise school on Monday, July 30, 2018. Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

A banner hangs over traffic on East 9th Street near the intersection of Euclid Avenue photographed June 30, 2010 with a Cleveland Cavaliers logo suggesting the importance of staying home, a message to the Cavaliers superstar LeBron James who enters the free agency market tomorrow.   (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, Joshua Gunter captured an unforgettable moment of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. The photo depicts James joyfully dancing alongside fans during a vibrant parade in downtown Cleveland. This lively celebration was held to commend and pay tribute to the 2016 NBA Championship victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gunter’s photograph, taken on June 22, 2016, perfectly encapsulates the exuberant atmosphere of the event.

Prior to the MVP award ceremony fans celebrate Lebron James' second MVP in a row.  (Joshua Gunter / The Plain Dealer)

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Joshua Gunter
LeBron James over time, February 7, 2023
LeBron James, the forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, joyfully greets his fans as he waves during a lively parade in downtown Cleveland. The parade is held to commemorate and pay tribute to the remarkable victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA Champions of 2016. This heartwarming moment was beautifully captured by Joshua Gunter on June 20, 2016, in the lively city of Cleveland.

Akron Saint Vincent Saint Mary 's LeBron James goes up for a dunk in fourth quarter of action during Saint Vincent Saint Mary's rout of Akron Buchtel this afternoon at the James A. Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron.  Sunday January 27, 2002  (Chris Stephens/The Plain Dealer)

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Joshua Gunter
LeBron James over time, February 7, 2023
In downtown Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James joyfully gestures towards the crowd during a lively parade commemorating the triumph of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. This unforgettable moment was captured by Joshua Gunter for cleveland.com on June 22, 2016, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James holds the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warrors 93-89.  June 19, 2016.  (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

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Joshua Gunter
LeBron James over time, February 7, 2023
LeBron James, a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is captured deep in thought as the national anthem fills the air prior to their match against the New York Knicks. (Joshua Gunter / The Plain Dealer)

Akron West Griffins cheerleaders hold up letters that spell out LeBron at the end of their dance routine on the field of Akron University's InfoCision Stadium June 19, 2010 during the LeBron James Appreciation Day rally.  Cavs fans were hoping to persuade James in staying with the Cavs during his free agency quest starting July 1, 2010.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James has been a prominent figure in the basketball world for many years. On February 7, 2023, let’s take a trip down memory lane and appreciate the journey he has had. Back in June 19, 2010, during the LeBron James Appreciation Day rally, the Akron West Griffins cheerleaders cheered for him with enthusiasm. They held up letters that spelled out “LeBron” at the end of their dazzling dance routine on Akron University’s InfoCision Stadium field. It was a heartfelt display from Cavs fans who were hoping to convince James to stay with the team during his upcoming free agency period, which was set to begin on July 1, 2010. The image captured by John Kuntz of The Plain Dealer truly showcased the support and love that surrounded LeBron James during that time.

LeBron James during a timeout in a game against Brush at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center, January 13, 2002   (Chris Stephens/The Plain Dealer)

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by Thomas Ondrey
A collection of snapshots showcasing the remarkable journey of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Supporters warmly embrace the return of LeBron James at Progressive Field, where the Cleveland Indians took on the Chicago White Sox on Friday, July 11, 2014. (Photograph: Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is hugged by an unidentified family friend in Akron University's InfoCision Stadium June 19, 2010 at the end of a LeBron James Appreciation Day rally where he was honored by receiving a crystal award for Akron's Hometown Hero.  Cavs fans were hoping to persuade James in staying with the Cavs during his free agency quest starting July 1, 2010.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

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JOHN KUNTZ
The Evolution of LeBron James: A Retrospective, February 7, 2023
In a quaint little town of Solon, Michael Joseph anxiously awaits LeBron James’ much-anticipated decision on his next basketball destination. Standing outside the popular Harry Buffalo restaurant in Cleveland, a devoted fan has expressed their hopes for LeBron’s loyalty to the Cavaliers through a heartfelt chalk message. This moment, captured by John Kuntz for The Plain Dealer on July 8, 2010, symbolizes the enduring support and anticipation surrounding LeBron’s career-defining choices.

LeBron James gives a speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player  at a ceremony at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School  Monday, May 4, 2009.   (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, spectators gathered in downtown Cleveland to commemorate and pay tribute to the victorious 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by the talented forward, LeBron James. The atmosphere was electric as fans flocked towards James’s Rolls Royce, eager to catch a glimpse of their beloved basketball hero. This unforgettable parade showcased the abundant love and admiration that the city held for their team, demonstrating the profound impact that James and his fellow champions had on the community. This remarkable event was expertly captured by Joshua Gunter, a skilled photographer from cleveland.com, who beautifully portrayed the joy and excitement encompassing the city of Cleveland on that special day.

LeBron James answers questions from the media during the grand opening of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public school's I Promise school Monday, July 30, 2018.  Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

On February 7, 2023, LeBron James, the basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was captured in a series of photographs by Lisa DeJong. In the images, James was seen alongside First Lady Michelle Obama as they participated in an event organized by the LeBron James Family Foundation. The event took place at the James A. Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron.

During the event, James and the First Lady read a pledge to a group of students from the Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network programs. These programs, supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation, aim to provide educational opportunities to students in Akron.

The event was particularly notable as it highlighted the importance of post-secondary education. The First Lady, as part of her Reach Higher initiative, emphasized the value of furthering education beyond high school.

Earlier that year, the LeBron James Family Foundation and The University of Akron made an exciting announcement. They revealed a financial commitment to cover the college education expenses of numerous qualified students enrolled in the foundation’s programs.

Overall, the photographs captured a meaningful moment showcasing LeBron James’ dedication to education and his efforts to support students in achieving their academic goals.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James dances along with fans during a parade in downtown Cleveland to celebrate and honor the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.    Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 22, 2016. Cleveland.

On February 7, 2023, a seemingly uninterested passerby pays little attention to the sign hanging on Nick’s Sports Corner in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The day after LeBron James made the shocking announcement that he would be leaving the Cavaliers to join the Miami team for the upcoming season, the sign, boldly declaring “Born Here, Raised Here, Plays Here, Stays Here”, now appears ironic and bittersweet. Despite the strong sentiment expressed by the sign, James has ultimately chosen to depart from his hometown team.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James  waves to fans during a parade in downtown Cleveland to celebrate and honor the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.    Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 20, 2016. Cleveland.

LeBron James over the years, February 7, 2023
LeBron James makes his way to the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, CT, a place buzzing with anticipation as he prepares to announce his decision on this Thursday evening of July 8, 2010. The clock struck 8:48 when he arrived, captured by Joshua Gunter’s lens for The Plain Dealer.

Nick butcher of Sandusky reads a Cleveland Cavaliers players program as he waits along with thousands of fans waiting to get their complimentary LeBron James bobble head souvenir March 3, 2004 outside the Gund Arena before the gates opened for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks.  Nick was picked up from school at 2:30pm had an hour drive to the arena and waited until shortly after 4:00pm in the garage walkway line. The picture was taken at 5 p.m. and the lines went around the Gund at least twice,  with 4 entrances. The bobblehead was given to the first 10,000 fans. The Gund holds about 17,000. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, a photo was taken capturing the anticipation and excitement of Cleveland Cavaliers fans waiting to receive their complimentary LeBron James bobblehead souvenir. A young fan named Nick, hailing from Sandusky, can be seen engrossed in reading a players program while standing in line along with thousands of other eager supporters outside the Gund Arena. Nick’s dedication is evident as he was picked up from school at 2:30pm and endured a one-hour drive to the arena. Despite the long wait, Nick patiently waited in the garage walkway line until shortly after 4:00pm when the gates opened. The photo was taken at 5 p.m. and showcased the extensive lines that wrapped around the Gund Arena, with at least two loops and four entrances accommodating the enormous fan turnout. Notably, the first 10,000 fans were fortunate enough to receive the highly sought-after LeBron James bobblehead, while the arena itself can accommodate up to 17,000 spectators. This snapshot serves as a testament to the enduring popularity and loyal fan base surrounding LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dick Vitale, commentator for ESPN, talks to LeBron James before the SVSM-Oak Hill game Thursday, December 12, 2002 at the Cleveland State Convocation Center in Cleveland. Vitale and Bill Walton talked to the two teams before the game, telling the players about the importance of an education and encouraging the players to go to college.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)JOSHUA GUNTER THE PLAIN DEALER St. Vincent-St. Mary's LeBron James chats with ESPN's Dick Vitale before the Irish's game with Oak Hill Academy on Dec. 12, 2002. The Plain Dealer

LeBron James has had an incredible journey over the years. Back on February 7, 2023, he was reminiscing about a special moment from his early days in basketball. It was a game between St. Vincent-St. Mary’s and Oak Hill Academy, held on December 12, 2002, at the Cleveland State Convocation Center in Cleveland. Before the game, LeBron had the opportunity to chat with Dick Vitale, a commentator for ESPN.

Both Dick Vitale and Bill Walton took the time to talk to the players before the game, emphasizing the importance of education and encouraging them to consider pursuing college. It was a valuable message that resonated with LeBron and his teammates. This moment was captured by Joshua Gunter, a photographer for The Plain Dealer, showcasing the genuine connection between LeBron and Vitale.

Looking back, it’s evident that the guidance and support from mentors like Vitale played a significant role in LeBron’s success. It highlights the importance of education and the impact it can have on aspiring athletes. LeBron James’ journey is a testament to the transformative power of both sports and education.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James points to the fans during a parade in downtown Cleveland to celebrate and honor the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.    Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 22, 2016. Cleveland.

LeBron James: A Journey in Photos, February 7, 2023

In this delightful snapshot captured on April 12, 2004, at Gund Arena, we witness the legendary LeBron James, then representing the Cleveland Cavaliers, indulging in a playful moment mid-game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The image showcases James, known for his remarkable skill on the court, as he casually blows a bubble, revealing a glimpse of his carefree nature. It serves as a charming reminder of the charismatic and multifaceted personality that has made James a beloved figure in the world of basketball.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in contemplation during the singing of the national anthem before their game against the New York Knicks.  (Joshua Gunter / The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James has been a prominent figure in the world of basketball for several years now. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to February 7, 2023, and explore his journey. Back in March 2001, a rising basketball talent named LeBron James was already making waves as a star player for St. Vincent St. Marys. This early glimpse into his promising career hinted at the tremendous success that awaited him in the years to come.

Akron West Griffins cheerleaders hold up letters that spell out LeBron at the end of their dance routine on the field of Akron University's InfoCision Stadium June 19, 2010 during the LeBron James Appreciation Day rally.  Cavs fans were hoping to persuade James in staying with the Cavs during his free agency quest starting July 1, 2010.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

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ROADELL HICKMAN
LeBron James’s Journey Over the Years, February 7, 2023
During the initial practice, a majority of the Cavaliers squad graced the scene. At the Gund Arena, LeBron James gracefully tackled numerous queries from a crowd of journalists and reporters. (Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

Fans welcome back LeBron James at Progressive Field  in a game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox on Friday, July 11, 2014.(Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

68 out of 110 – Bill Kennedy’s Snapshot of LeBron James’ Journey
On February 7, 2023, a heartwarming image captured LeBron James, flanked by his lifelong buddies, Dru Joyce Jr on the left and Sian Cotton on the right. As the game against Franklin PA was drawing to a close last Friday night at the JAR, these two close friends stayed on the bench. This memorable photograph dates back to Friday, January 11, 2002, and was beautifully captured by the talented lens of Bill Kennedy from the Plain Dealer.

Michael Joseph of Solon waits for the LeBron James announcement of where he will play next year outside the Harry Buffalo restaurant in Cleveland July 8, 2010 by a chalk writing that a Cleveland Cavaliers fan wrote hoping LeBron stays in Cleveland.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, a nostalgic collection of photographs captured the evolution of LeBron James throughout his illustrious basketball career. Amongst these snapshots is a timeless image of LeBron, then a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, peering at the press corps from across the court. The scene is set at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on June 8, 2007, just before game 2 of the NBA Finals against the formidable San Antonio Spurs. Photographer John Kuntz perfectly encapsulates the intensity and focus in LeBron’s eyes as he prepares for the pivotal matchup. This snapshot serves as a testament to LeBron’s unwavering determination and drive, traits that have defined him as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James's Rolls Royce is swarmed by fans during a parade in downtown Cleveland to celebrate and honor the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.    Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 22, 2016. Cleveland.

LeBron James over the years: February 7, 2023

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers can be seen waiting for directions on how to pose for a photograph during media day at the Gund Arena on October 2, 2003. This was a time when the team was gearing up for the preseason play. The image captured by John Kuntz for The Plain Dealer holds a special significance, showcasing James’ early days with the Cavaliers.

Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, reads a pledge to students from the LeBron James Family FoundationÕs Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network programs at the James A. Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. As part of her Reach Higher efforts, the First Lady highlights the importance of post-secondary education. Earlier this year, the LeBron James Family Foundation and The University of Akron announced a financial commitment to cover college education for thousands of the programÕs qualified students. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James, the legendary basketball player, has experienced a remarkable journey over the years. On February 7, 2023, a memorable moment unfolded as James, playing for the SVSM team, received a well-deserved standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd. With just seconds remaining in the game and SVSM team comfortably leading by 20 points, the atmosphere was electric. It was a moment of recognition and appreciation for James as he exchanged high-fives with his teammates. The unforgettable scene took place at the Cleveland State Convocation Center in Cleveland on Thursday, December 12, 2002. On that fateful day, SVSM defeated the top-ranked Oak Hill team with a final score of 65-45, adding further significance to James’ exceptional performance. The photograph captured by Joshua Gunter of The Plain Dealer perfectly encapsulated the celebration and highlighted the triumph of SVSM, etching this moment into basketball history.

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School basketball star LeBron James sits on the bench during their game against Canton McKinley Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, Akron, Ohio.  James has been declared ineligible by the OHSAA.  (Dale Omori/The Plain Dealer)

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DALE OMORI
A photographic journey with LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Spectating the high school basketball game of St. Vincent-St. Mary, the talented athlete LeBron James can be seen sitting on the bench. The game took place on a Sunday, specifically February 2, 2003, in Akron, Ohio. Unfortunately, James was deemed ineligible to play by the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association). Captured by Dale Omori, this moment in time immortalizes the early years of a basketball prodigy.

A pedestrian hardly acknowledges a sign on the side of Nick's Sports Corner on Prospect Ave. in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the day after LeBron James announced that he will play in Miami next season instead of with the Cavaliers, on Friday, July 8, 2010.  The sign states,

73 out of 110 pictures were taken by Joshua Gunter of LeBron James over the years. One of these pictures was taken on February 7, 2023. In this image, LeBron James can be seen speaking to the media about the upcoming basketball season at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. The picture was taken at the CSU Convocation Center in Cleveland.

LeBron James arrives at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, CT, where James is expected to make his decision tonight Thursday, July 8, 2010. He arrived at 8:48.   (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James over the course of time, documented on February 7th, 2023
In Cleveland, on October 2nd, 2003, media day took place at Gund Arena where the prominent Cleveland Cavaliers player, LeBron James, made an appearance. Captured by photographer John Kuntz for The Plain Dealer, this snapshot serves as a glimpse into his journey.

Nick butcher of Sandusky reads a Cleveland Cavaliers players program as he waits along with thousands of fans waiting to get their complimentary LeBron James bobble head souvenir March 3, 2004 outside the Gund Arena before the gates opened for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks.  Nick was picked up from school at 2:30pm had an hour drive to the arena and waited until shortly after 4:00pm in the garage walkway line. The picture was taken at 5 p.m. and the lines went around the Gund at least twice,  with 4 entrances. The bobblehead was given to the first 10,000 fans. The Gund holds about 17,000. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

DALE OMORI’s photograph captures the early years of LeBron James, back on February 7, 2023. The image showcases the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first round draft pick wearing a pair of headphones as he records a radio advertisement for the upcoming basketball season. This relaxed moment was frozen in time by Omori’s lens in Independence, Ohio, on September 4, 2003. The composition immortalizes James in the midst of his journey towards becoming an iconic basketball player.

Dick Vitale, commentator for ESPN, talks to LeBron James before the SVSM-Oak Hill game Thursday, December 12, 2002 at the Cleveland State Convocation Center in Cleveland. Vitale and Bill Walton talked to the two teams before the game, telling the players about the importance of an education and encouraging the players to go to college.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)JOSHUA GUNTER THE PLAIN DEALER St. Vincent-St. Mary's LeBron James chats with ESPN's Dick Vitale before the Irish's game with Oak Hill Academy on Dec. 12, 2002. The Plain Dealer

LeBron James, the talented basketball player from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, faced the challenge of media attention with composure during a press conference held at Cleveland State University’s Convocation Center on January 10, 2002. Despite the potential intimidation, James remained unfazed as he showcased his skills to the world. This moment captured by photographer John Kuntz for The Plain Dealer is a testament to James’ ability to handle the spotlight with ease. As he embarked on his journey towards becoming a basketball legend, this early display of poise and confidence set the stage for his future success.

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James blows a bubble during game against the Milwaukee Bucks April 12, 2004  at Gund Arena.      (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, an iconic moment took place as LeBron James observed his team’s performance from the sidelines alongside his dear friend, Dru Joyce Jr. This meaningful scene was captured by Bill Kennedy, a talented photographer, on a memorable Friday evening back on January 11, 2002.

St. Vincent St. Marys basketball star, LeBron James.  March, 2001 (bill kennedy/plain dealer)

On February 7, 2023, a heartwarming event took place at the gym of SVSM school. The students came together to celebrate the exceptional achievements of their basketball team, cheerleaders, and state champion wrestling team. The atmosphere was full of excitement as they prepared to kick off the rally. Making a surprise appearance was none other than LeBron James, a basketball prodigy from SVSM. Amidst the joyous occasion, James took a moment to sign Eddie’s beloved shamrock jacket, a toy fox terrier who had captured the hearts of many at the school. This memorable gesture added an extra touch of magic to an already unforgettable day. (Photo by Bill Kennedy/The Plain Dealer)

The bulk of the Cavaliers team was on hand for the first practice. LeBron James fields questions from a swarm of media personel attending the practice at Gund Arena.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James over the years, February 7, 2023
A current snapshot shows LeBron James attending a thrilling Friday night football game between his former school, SVSM, and Archbishop Hoban. This memorable event took place on September 12, 2003, as captured by Bill Kennedy from the Plain Dealer.

LeBron James sandwiched by two of his best friends, Dru Joyce Jr, left, and Sian Cotton, right.  They were benched as the game against Franklin PA wound to a close last Friday night at the JAR.  Friday January 11, 2002 (bill kennedy/plain dealer)

LeBron James has had a long and eventful career in the NBA, and on February 7, 2023, we are taking a look back at some memorable moments from his journey. One particular incident stands out when the Cleveland Cavaliers faced off against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-final round on May 12, 2008.

During the second period of the game, tension ran high as LeBron James found himself in a heated exchange with his own mother, Gloria. The altercation occurred when Celtics player Kevin Garnett attempted to restrain her, as she tried to intervene in a play where Celtics’ Paul Pierce prevented LeBron from making a layup.

This incident showcased the intense emotions and competitive spirit both on and off the court. It serves as a reminder of the passion and dedication that players like LeBron James bring to the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James looks at the press across court through his hands before a practice session June 8, 2007 at the AT T Center in San Antonio, Texas in preparation for game 2 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.  (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

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Candid Moments with LeBron James: February 7, 2023
Captured in a cozy setting, here we see the basketball prodigy, LeBron James, alongside his teammate and closest confidant, Dru Joyce III. This snapshot was taken right after a press conference held at Cleveland State University’s Convocation Center on January 10, 2002. A beautifully casual moment frozen in time by the talented photographer, John Kuntz, for The Plain Dealer.

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James waits for instructions on a pose for a photo during media day at the Gund Arena for the team October 2, 2003 as the team prepares for preseason play.  (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

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JOSHUA GUNTER
Witnessing LeBron James’ Evolution over the Years, February 7, 2023
Embracing an unforgettable moment of triumph, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James warmly embraces his beloved mother, Gloria James, in the aftermath of a hard-fought victory against the Detroit Pistons, securing the Eastern Conference Championship in six electrifying games. The exhilarating celebration took place on Saturday, June 02, 2007, within the resounding walls of Quicken Loans Arena located in Cleveland. Let the image captured by Joshua Gunter of The Plain Dealer forever encapsulate the bond shared between LeBron and his supportive mother amidst a groundbreaking accomplishment.

With just second left in the game and SVSM leading the game by 20, LeBron James receives a standing ovation from the crowd as he high-fives his teammates Thursday, December 12, 2002 at the Cleveland State Convocation Center in Cleveland. SVSM beat #1-ranked Oak Hill 65-45.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, an elated Romeo Travis proudly embraced the SVSM state basketball trophy during a festive celebration that recognized the excellence of the team, the cheerleaders, and the victorious state champ wrestling team. In a delightful snapshot captured by Bill Kennedy, LeBron James can be seen standing behind Travis, radiating with joy. This heartwarming moment took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2001.

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School basketball star LeBron James sits on the bench during their game against Canton McKinley Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, Akron, Ohio.  James has been declared ineligible by the OHSAA.  (Dale Omori/The Plain Dealer)

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By John Kuntz

On February 7, 2023, iconic basketball player LeBron James took a trip down memory lane as we look back at his incredible journey. It all started at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, where a young LeBron displayed his exceptional skills on the court.

One standout moment was captured on January 7, 2003, at Akron University’s Rhodes Arena. Facing off against Villa Angela St. Joes, LeBron soared through the air, effortlessly slamming the ball for an easy two points during the third period. It was a remarkable display of athleticism and finesse.

Not only did St. Vincent-St. Mary’s dominate the game with a commanding score of 97-60, but LeBron also declared that this particular aerial slam dunk was his best in his entire career. The sheer power and grace he exhibited that day left a lasting impression on both his teammates and spectators alike.

LeBron’s journey from those early days in high school to becoming one of the most influential basketball players of all time is truly inspiring. He has since achieved numerous accolades and championships, solidifying his position as a sports legend. And as we commemorate his accomplishments, it’s incredible to reflect on the incredible moments that have shaped his career.

LeBron James of St. Vincent-St. Mary discusses a call made by the referee during a game in Cleveland, OH. against the No.1 team in the country Oak Hill High.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

ROADELL HICKMAN
A Journey with LeBron James Over the Years, February 7, 2023
LeBron James, hailing from St. Vincent-St. Mary, engages in a friendly discussion with a referee regarding a decision made during a thrilling match against the top-ranked Oak Hill High. (Image captured by Roadell Hickman for The Plain Dealer)

 Lebron James talks to the media about the upcoming basketball season at St. Vincent-St. Mary HIgh School Thursday, October 17, 2002 at the CSU Convocation Center in Cleveland.  (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

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JOHN KUNTZ
LeBron James over the decades, February 7, 2023
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers gracefully releases talcum powder into the atmosphere, playfully blowing it away from his face moments before a game against the Orlando Magic on February 21, 2006 at the iconic Quicken Loans Arena. This mesmerizing powder spectacle has become a beloved pre-game tradition for LeBron, and it’s not uncommon for the nearby media to catch a sprinkle of the magical residue. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James during media day October 2, 2003 at Gund Arena in Cleveland.  (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

Chronicles of LeBron James: A Slam Dunk Journey

Witness the awe-inspiring moment as LeBron James, hailing from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, effortlessly slams down two glorious points with an emphatic dunk during the first half on a memorable Saturday, March 16, 2002. The electrifying atmosphere reached its peak as SVSM triumphed over Ottawa-Glandorf with a resounding victory of 77-58 in the regional final. Such breathtaking displays of James’ prodigious talent have been etched into the annals of basketball history forever.

Cleveland Cavaliers 1st round draft pick, LeBron James, wears a set if headphones while taping a radio ad for the upcoming basketball season Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, Independence, Ohio.  (Dale Omori/The Plain Dealer)

88 out of 110 players were present for the initial training session of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Amidst the frenzy of media personnel at Gund Arena, LeBron James confidently addressed their inquiries. (Photo credit: Roadell Hickman from The Plain Dealer)

St. Vincent-St. Mary's star basketball player LeBron James tries not to be daunted by the media exposure during a press conference at Cleveland State University's Convocation Center January 10, 2002.  (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James, a basketball legend, shows his relentless pursuit for success as he dashes after a stray ball during the intense SVSM vs. Oak Hill Academy match on December 12, 2002. The gripping game took place at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center, solidifying LeBron’s undeniable talent and fierce determination. Ultimately, it was a victorious moment for SVSM. Captured by Josh Gunter of The Plain Dealer newspaper, this snapshot showcases LeBron James’ unwavering drive on the court, a quality that has defined his remarkable career over the years.

LeBron James watches his team from the bench last Friday with his friend Dru Joyce Jr. at his left.  .Friday January 11, 2002 (Bill Kennedy/The Plain Dealer)

On February 7, 2023, a joyous atmosphere filled the streets of Cleveland as dedicated fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated the triumphant return of their beloved team. It was a historic moment that marked the end of a long 52-year championship drought for the city. The Cavaliers had emerged victorious in a thrilling game 7 of the NBA Finals, where they vanquished the formidable Golden State Warriors to claim the coveted title of the 2016 NBA champions. The delighted cheers of Clevelanders echoed through the IX Jet Center as they proudly welcomed back their basketball heroes. This remarkable achievement by the Cavaliers will forever be etched in the memories of the city and its loyal supporters.

SVSM students gathered in the school's gym to honor the basketball team , the cheerleaders, and the state champ wrestling team Wednesday afternoon.  Just before the start fo the rally, LeBron James, a SVSM basketball standout, signed Eddie's ( toy fox terrier)shamrock jacket. (Bill Kennedy/The Plain Dealer)

91 out of 110
By John Kuntz

On February 7, 2023, we take a stroll down memory lane to appreciate the incredible journey of LeBron James. In this particular moment, after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory, LeBron proudly hoists the championship trophy alongside his teammates Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, JR Smith, and Tristan Thompson. The fans at Cleveland Hopkins Airport’s IX Center, who had eagerly gathered to welcome their triumphant team back home, witness this iconic display of success. It was a moment that will forever be etched in the annals of Cleveland Cavaliers history.

LeBron James at a recent Friday night football game between his alma mater, SVSM and Archbishop Hoban.  FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2003  (BILL KENNEDY/PLAIN DEALER)

92 / 110
By Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com
A captivating journey of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Back on December 12, 2002, at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a young LeBron James, representing St Vincent-St Mary High School, donned a distinctive sweatband on his leg. Embroidered on it were the words “Chosen One.” This memorable moment, captured by Josh Gunter, left an indelible mark on the basketball world.

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James yells at his mother Gloria as Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett tries to hold her back when a play where Celtics Paul Pierce grabbed LeBron to stop him from a layup in the second period of game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-final round May 12, 2008 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James has been captivating fans with his iconic pregame ritual for years. On May 20, 2009, during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar mesmerized the crowd with his signature move. Just moments before taking the court at Quicken Loans Arena, James threw up a handful of talc powder and blew it into the air, creating a cloud of excitement and anticipation. This ritual has become synonymous with his incredible talent and showmanship, leaving fans eagerly awaiting his next magical performance.

St. Vincent-St. Mary's star basketball player LeBron James (R) and teamate/best friend Dru Joyce III relax on a couch after a press conference at Cleveland State University's Convocation Center January 10, 2002.  JOHN KUNTZ THE PLAIN DEALER

LeBron James over the course of time, February 7, 2023
An unidentified supporter of the Cleveland Cavaliers obtains his souvenir of a bobble head featuring LeBron James on March 3, 2004, alongside 10,000 enthusiastic fans who secured their place at the front line outside Gund Arena before the commencement of the Cavaliers’ matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

03sCAVSlJG-- DAILY FOR SPORTS -- Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James hold up the Eastern Conference championship trophy after defeating the Detroit Pistons in six games Saturday, June 02, 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James has been a prominent figure in the sports world for many years. On February 7, 2023, his journey was highlighted as we reminisced about his incredible achievements. In a captivating snapshot captured by Joshua Gunter, LeBron proudly displayed the Eastern Conference championship trophy. This momentous occasion took place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged victorious after a challenging six-game series against the Detroit Pistons. The image immortalizes LeBron’s determination and skill, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James hugs mom Gloria James after defeating the Detroit Pistons in six games for the Eastern Conference Championship Saturday, June 02, 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

96 out of 110
By Joshua Gunter
LeBron James over the years, as of February 7, 2023
LeBron James, the iconic player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, proudly raises his MVP trophy before the commencement of the second game in the Eastern Conference playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena. (Captured by Joshua Gunter for The Plain Dealer)

Romeo Travis was all smiles Wednesday afternoon as he held the SVSM state basketball trophy during a rally honoring the team, the cheerleaders, and the state champ wrestling team.  Behind trophy at right is LeBron James.  Wednesday  March 28, 2001  (Bill Kennedy/The Plain Dealer)

97 / 110
ROADELL HICKMAN
LeBron James over time, February 7, 2023
LeBron James, flying high, readies himself to make a basket around the rim in the third quarter. The thrilling game took place between Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA, and St. Vincent-St. Mary of Akron, OH. (Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

St. Vincent-St. Mary's LeBron James go skyward to slam an easy two points during the third period against Villa Angela St. Joes January 7, 2003 at Akron University's Rhodes Arena.  SVSJ won their game by a landslide with a score of 97-60 and LeBron said that was his best ariel slam dunk in his career.   (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

98 out of 110
ROADELL HICKMAN
The Evolution of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
The Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up for a preseason match against the Detroit Pistons at Auburn Hills tomorrow night. Ahead of the game, Cavaliers’ star forward LeBron James is seen engaging in a warm-up session at Gund Arena. (Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James gives a kiss to his son LeBron James Jr. after their victory against the Atlanta Hawks April 19, 2006 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

99 / 110
JOHN KUNTZ
LeBron James over time, February 7, 2023
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers affectionately kisses his son, LeBron James Jr., following their triumphant win against the Atlanta Hawks on April 19, 2006, held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James flexes after taking a hard foul by Phoenix Suns' Jason Richardson and making the shot in the second quarter Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland.  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)

February 7, 2023, marked another memorable moment in the illustrious career of LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, known for his incredible athleticism and basketball prowess, displayed his indomitable spirit as he braved a brutal foul from Jason Richardson of the Phoenix Suns. The intensity of the moment was palpable as James, undeterred by the physicality, not only managed to convert the shot but also showcased his undeniable strength by flexing proudly. This exhilarating display of skill and determination thrilled the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, creating a lasting image of James’ unwavering commitment to the game.

LeBron James of St. Vincent-St. Mary discusses a call made by the referee during a game in Cleveland, OH. against the No.1 team in the country Oak Hill High.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

101 / 110
Written by JOSHUA GUNTER
The Timeless Evolution of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
In a captivating match that took place on January 13, 2000, in Columbus, tensions ran high as LeBron James, representing the St. Vincent St. Mary (SVSM) team, fiercely guarded an Oak Hill player in the second half. Despite their commendable efforts, SVSM sadly succumbed to a narrow defeat with a final score of 78-79 against Oak Hill.

The Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James sends talc powder in the air as he blows it away from his face before a game against the Orlando Magic February 21, 2006 at Quicken Loans Arena.  The powder blast is a pre-game ritual for LeBron and the first row of media usually gets some of the residue.   (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer)

LeBron James, a former teammate from St. Vincent St. Mary (SVSM), offers comfort to his friend after he failed to make a crucial shot in the closing moments of a basketball game against Oak Hill. The matchup took place on January 13, 2000, in Columbus, resulting in a heartbreaking 78-79 loss for LeBron James’s team.

LeBron James, of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, slams down two points on a dunk in the first half Saturday, March 16, 2002.  SVSM defeated Ottawa-Glandorf in the regional final 77-58.

103 / 110
ROADAE HICKMAN
LeBron James over time, February 7, 2023
In an exciting event, twenty-three 6th graders from Raymond Elementary School in Maple Hts. received a special treat for accomplishing the impressive feat of recording the highest number of minutes read in a single month during the Cavaliers Incentive Reading Challenge. As a reward, they were granted the incredible opportunity to have a Reading Timeout with none other than LeBron James himself. During this memorable experience, James captivated the young minds by reading a beloved classic, “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by the renowned Dr. Seuss. The moment was captured by Roadae Hickman from The Plain Dealer, documenting the joy and inspiration brought forth by this unique encounter.

The bulk of the Cavaliers team was on hand for the first practice. LeBron James fields questions from a swarm of media personel attending the practice at Gund Arena.(Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer)

104 out of 110.
Dale Omori
A series of memorable moments captured throughout LeBron James’ career, specifically dated February 7, 2023.
LeBron James graces a press conference where the announcement of the new owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, is made. This event took place on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Dale Omori, a talented photographer working for The Plain Dealer, expertly captured this iconic moment.)

LeBron James chases down a loose ball in the first half of the SVSM- Oak Hill Academy game WEdnesday, Dec. 12, 2002 at Cleveland State University Convocation Center. SVSM won the game.  (Josh Gunter/The Plain Dealer)

Chris Stephens captures the timeless essence of LeBron James in a collection of photographs spanning the course of his illustrious career. From his early days as a hopeful teenager to his current status as a basketball legend, Stephens skillfully captures the evolution of James through his lens. One particular image shows James patiently awaiting the start of the second half during a historic game between SVSM and Brush at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center on a chilly Sunday evening in January 2002. As we delve into Stephens’ captivating imagery, we are transported back in time, reliving the moments that have shaped James’ incredible journey in the world of basketball. This visual journey serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring impact James has had on the sport, solidifying his place in history as one of the greatest players to ever step foot on the court.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans cheer as their 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers return home to the IX Jet Center. The Cleveland Cavaliers  ended a 52 year championship drought, defeating the Golden State Warriors in game 7 of the NBA Finals to be crowned the 2016 NBA champions.  Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com June 20, 2016. Cleveland.

In the area of E.4th Ontario Ave., there is a striking scene that captures the essence of LeBron James’ basketball prowess. An enormous banner, standing at a staggering 15 stories high and stretching over 200 feet long, features an awe-inspiring image of James dunking. This magnificent display is courtesy of Nike, serving as a reminder of James’ remarkable journey and impact on the sport.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James holds up the championship trophy with teammates Kyrie Irving (L-R) Kevin Love, JR Smith and Tristan Thompson for the fans that packed the IX Center at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on the team's return home, June 20, 2016.    John Kuntz, cleveland.com

Lonnie Timmons III captured a charismatic moment on February 7, 2023, as we reflect on the incredible journey of LeBron James. The photograph showcases LeBron James confidently trailing a convoy of fellow riders through the lively streets of Akron. It captures a splendid scene from the 4th Annual LeBron James State Farm King for Kids Bike-A-Thon, which took place on a sunny Saturday, August 22, 2009. The image reveals LeBron’s unwavering commitment to his community as he leads by example, encouraging and inspiring others to join him in supporting the welfare of young minds. Lonnie Timmons III’s photograph beautifully encapsulates LeBron James’ enduring legacy and his tireless efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of children.

LeBron James #23 of St Vincent-St Mary High School wears a sweatband on his leg that reads,

108 out of 110
Photograph by Lisa DeJong
Charting LeBron James’ Journey, February 7, 2023
In a quaint corner of Lakewood, a spirited waitress at the Winking Lizard gracefully tosses a LeBron James poster headfirst into the awaiting garbage can, seamlessly whisking it away from the public eye. This spectacle ensued after the entire establishment intently watched his monumental announcement on ESPN, revealing his decision to join the Miami Heat over the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James performs his pregame ritual of throwing up a handful of talc powder and blowing up in the air May 20, 2009 during the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

Lynn Ischay’s captivating photograph captures a significant moment in LeBron James’ journey, back on February 7, 2023. The image features Barry Iona, discreetly salvaging a torn piece from the impactful Witness poster. This incident took place in the bustling intersection of Huron and Ontario on a memorable Sunday, July 11, 2010. While the company responsible for the poster wished to remain anonymous, its employees diligently worked to carefully remove the entire mural during the following Sunday. Lynn Ischay’s expertly composed snapshot encapsulates the essence of this event.

Carlos Vicens (cq), left, and Brian Shaffer, both employees of Boyer Signs   Graphics, Inc., are dwarfed by the faces of LeBron James and Anthony Parker as they drill the sides of one of the new Cavaliers 2010 playoff murals on the side of Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

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Lisa DeJong
The Evolution of LeBron James, February 7, 2023
Two workers from Boyer Signs Graphics, Inc., named Carlos Vicens (cq) and Brian Shaffer, are seen drilling the sides of a freshly designed Cavaliers 2010 playoff mural on the walls of Quicken Loans Arena. The imposing faces of LeBron James and Anthony Parker tower over the workers, creating an awe-inspiring sight. This photograph was taken on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, by Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer.

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