LeBron At 16: The Mind-Blowing Interview With James As A Teen [Video]

The above video of a 16-year-old LeBron James is seriously going viral on sites like For the Win. Twitter reports a mind-blowing 1.3 million tweets about the trending topic that is “LeBron,” and the article attached to the video has been shared nearly 30,000 times.

In the video, LeBron can be seen in all his 16-year-old glory — and with an amazing focus on his future goals. He knows he wants to make it into the NBA and to be the best at that goal. With a thick head of hair and a voice nearly as deep as it is now, young LeBron at 16 speaks of sitting down with his coach and mom and deciding about college plans later.

The video featured LeBron with a basketball net around his neck, sitting down in 2001 as a high school sophomore for the interview. Kirk Herbstreit spoke with James regarding his goals back then to conquer four-state championships in Ohio before conquering the NBA. He’d just completed his second state final with St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

“Every night that we went out there, we gave it 110%.”

As the No. 1 sophomore in the nation, LeBron’s name was on plenty of lips at the time. However, the boyish and unpolished side of LeBron came out lovingly in the quotes gleaned from the interview.

“My mother brought me up real good. Everyday she taught me so much.”

Nevertheless, James still knew even at the young age of 16 that he wanted to be the best defender, best shooter and best all-around player in the NBA. At 16, LeBron even knew to focus his goals on getting stronger defensively and shooting the three-point shot even better.

As for bleeding gray and scarlet red and picking up Ohio State football as a new sport? Well, even 16-year-old LeBron knew he didn’t want to do that, but he seemed too polite to say so.

“I don’t know about college football. They hit too hard.”

To witness how far LeBron has come from being a 16-year-old to the man he is today, poised to bring the Cleveland area a championship it hasn’t witnessed in years — since 1964 — is to witness quite a journey. Meanwhile, folks have been pontificating on LeBron’s motivation for wanting to win this year. As reported by the Inquisitr, LeBron has quite a visible role in the movie Trainwreck, so one wonders if LeBron wants to launch a major movie career after he brings the ring to Cleveland.

[Image via 10TV interview]