If no basketball, what James’s childhood left were simply the memory about poverty and turbulence. In his third year, LeBron received his first basketball. Gloria and her boyfriend Eddie bought a set of basketball equipment for James. And just in that night, LerBron ‘s grandmother Freda ,who was 42 years old died of heart disease. LeBron spent his childhood in gloom. During that time, he fell in love with Michael Jordan and basketball, and he chose the polo shirt with number 23 for himself. James frequently told people,” It was a terrible childhood, and I could not see if I should smoked in the street corner or returned to the classroom, or even to become a thief… However, when I came to the court, I saw I just need do one thing, basketball!”
Lebron’ small bedroom was full of Jordan’s posters. He dreamed that someday he could grow to 1.98 meters and fly like Jordan on the playground when he was very young. When he went straight to the height of over 1.98 meters 2.03 meters, he was so annoyed. But now, he never cares about this, because he could always fly just like Jordan and accomplish all kinds of unbelievable slam dunk. From him, the world saw the flying coming from Jordan.
Postscript: Would he still be so modest when he comes again? When LeBron James not here, I ended a busy period, and rest for two days. Of course, compared to an interview with Jordan last May, this is simply not really tired. I saw that even standing side by side in the Great Wall together with James still do not look like the excitement of enjoying Jordan’s photos. I see LeBron James belongs to the next generation, belongs to Liu Mingming who is in Grade 1 and Li Jian who is in Grade 2 right now. I still remember clearly that those two young faces showed out surprise from inner hearts. About me, I could only live in the memory about Jordan.
I unexpectedly wonder whether LeBron James will drop in on the Great Wall again if he boards the Grand Champion podium one day or makes a great achievement like Jordan in the future. Whatever I’m doing, I hope to go together at that time. I seem to be eager to know his changes comparing to today-at his side, is there still innocent girl? Will they go a few paces and then have a very close picture together? Will his voice sound so low-profile and condescending? Is there still his group of childhood friends at his side? Will he still always admonish those children to play basketball with the spirit of teamwork?
Anyway, I have accompanied two numbers 23 to climb the Great Wall. This is probably deserved to be proud in my career of a basketball journalist. I’ve been to the Great Wall four times, twice previously are climbing the wild Great Wall of Huanghuacheng with my friends while twice latter are visiting famous scenic spots of the Great Wall like Bada Ling and Juyong Guan. It is said by people all over the world that this Number 23 is the only qualified successor of that Number 23 in NBA before interviewed the 40-year-old Michael Jordan last May and accompanied the 20-year-old LeBron James last Friday. Popularly speaking, he is the only possible long-awaited “Jordan- “People call the former Number 23 “flyer” while the latter Number 23 “little emperor”.