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More Than a Game

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  • ( sneakers squeaking )
  • ( basketball bouncing )
  • ( boys chattering )
  • Man: BASKETBALL IS A VEHICLE.
  • IT'S NOT THE END-ALL-BE-ALL.
  • IT'S A VEHICLE TO GET YOU FROM POINT A TO POINT B.
  • USE BASKETBALL. DON'T LET IT USE YOU.
  • - ( crowd cheering ) - Announcer: And he is really playing to the crowd
  • here at Value City Arena.
  • They've taken on all comers all season long.
  • They're played in New Jersey and North Carolina--
  • a national schedule. Number one team in the country.
  • You know, you certainly think
  • that this team has put themselves right up there
  • with the great Middletown teams, compete with St. Joe teams,
  • the East teams-- clearly all of those.
  • Let me just say to all of you in attendance today,
  • you are part of the largest crowd
  • ever to witness a championship game
  • in the history of Ohio.
  • ( chanting, cheering )
  • Announcer: James, Joyce, Cotton and McGee
  • have all been here four consecutive years
  • and have all won a hundred games
  • trying to become a three-time winner with this group.
  • Dru Joyce II: YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST TEAM
  • IN HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HISTORY.
  • YOU KNOW, THAT'S GONNA BE AROUND HERE LONG AFTER YOU GUYS ARE GONE.
  • YOU'VE TAKEN IT FULL CIRCLE, FELLAS.
  • THIS ALL STARTED IN A LITTLE GYM
  • WITH A LINOLEUM FLOOR ON MAPLE STREET
  • AT THE SALVATION ARMY.
  • ALL THE TRAVELING WE'VE DONE
  • FROM THE TIME YOU GUYS WERE 11 YEARS OLD,
  • ALL THE WAY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL,
  • ALL THE WAY TO CULMINATE
  • WHEN THAT BUS PULLS UP TOMORROW--
  • WHERE AT? ON MAPLE STREET.
  • AND THE ONLY QUESTION RIGHT NOW IS,
  • DO YOU GET OFF THAT BUS TOMORROW VICTORIOUS?
  • ♪ READY... WHAT-WHAT? ♪
  • ♪ WE READY... WHAT-WHAT? ♪
  • LET'S GO.
  • ( chanting )
  • - WHOO! - Announcer: So here we go,
  • the championship game in Division II.
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary's,
  • with the national championship on the line.
  • ( chanting, cheering )
  • ( crowd roars )
  • - ( birds chirping ) - ( bell pealing )
  • ( door opens )
  • ( door closes )
  • Coach Joyce: GROWING UP,
  • I HAD ONE COACH WHO I LOOKED UP TO A LOT.
  • I LEARNED A LOT FROM HIM AND I JUST THOUGHT
  • THAT HE WAS SOMEONE THAT I COULD MODEL MY LIFE AFTER.
  • COMING OUT OF COLLEGE, I GOT CAUGHT UP IN CORPORATE AMERICA
  • AND REALLY LOST MY DREAM OF BECOMING A COACH.
  • IT'S KIND OF ALWAYS A DELICATE SITUATION.
  • YOU DON'T WANT TO LIVE YOUR DREAM THROUGH YOUR CHILD,
  • BUT YOU WANT TO HAVE THEM ENJOY THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ENJOYED.
  • MYSELF AND SOME BROTHERS FROM OUR CHURCH,
  • WE WOULD GO EVERY SATURDAY MORNING
  • AND HAVE PICK-UP BASKETBALL.
  • DRU WAS THERE AND YOU COULD JUST SEE THAT HE HAD A LOVE FOR THE GAME.
  • I WAS ONE OF THOSE PARENTS WHO JUST
  • CAME TO EVERY PRACTICE THAT I COULD COME TO
  • SO THE PARENTS JUST ASKED ME, "WHY DON'T YOU COACH THE TEAM?"
  • SO I JUMPED AT THE OPPORTUNITY.
  • I CAN REMEMBER HAVING A CONVERSATION
  • WITH A GENTLEMAN IN MY CHURCH, TELLING HIM THAT I WAS
  • ABOUT TO COACH THIS TRAVEL BASKETBALL TEAM.
  • HE HAPPENED TO BE ON THE BOARD OF THE SALVATION ARMY,
  • AND HE SAID HE COULD ARRANGE A PLACE FOR US TO PRACTICE.
  • SO THIS IS WHERE IT STARTED.
  • THIS IS WHERE WE CAME TOGETHER AS A TEAM.
  • Dru Joyce III: JUST SO MUCH FUN.
  • IT WAS A WHOLE NEW WORLD. THAT WAS MY PLAYGROUND.
  • I LOOKED FORWARD TO GOING TO THE BASKETBALL COURT.
  • Sian: DRU WAS KIND OF A HOTHEAD.
  • Coach: WHEN HE WAS YOUNG, FIVE, I'D HAVE TO PLAY UNTIL I LET HIM WIN.
  • I MEAN, THAT'S JUST WHO HE--
  • THAT'S JUST WHO HE WAS.
  • WE WOULD PLAY 10 GAMES OF ONE-ON-ONE.
  • I'M LIKE, "HEY, I'VE GOT TO BEAT YOU.
  • I'M NOT LEAVING TILL I WIN."
  • Coach: WE HAD TROUBLE KEEPING PLAYERS ON THE TEAM.
  • I KNEW A VERY GOOD PLAYER
  • AND HIS NAME HAPPENED TO BE LeBRON JAMES.
  • LeBron: HE LET US KNOW THAT WE WERE GONNA BE TRAVELING
  • ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO PLAY THE GAME OF BASKETBALL,
  • WHICH AT THAT POINT I WAS STARTING TO GET A LOVE FOR.
  • Dru: HE WAS REAL FLASHY.
  • HE CAME TO PRACTICE. NO-LOOK PASSES.
  • Coach: HE AND HIS MOM HAD SOME TOUGH EARLY YEARS
  • AND WHEN I MET HIM, YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW THAT ABOUT HIM.
  • I'M SEEING DRU COME OUT THIS ONE DAYHOOL
  • AND I'M THINKING, "DANG, THIS IS A BIG KID."
  • Sian Cotton: AND WANTED TO KNOW
  • IF I WOULD PLAY THAT HE WAS STARTING UP.
  • MY DAD WAS REAL GOOD.
  • EVERYWHERE WE WOULD GO, PEOPLE WOULD KNOW HIM AROUND AKRON.
  • I KIND OF SET OUT TO BE BETTER THAN HIM.
  • Coach: SIAN WASN'T VERY GOOD.
  • HE WAS BIG, BUT HE WASN'T VERY GOOD.
  • Dru: THE BIGGEST KID ON OUR TEAM.
  • SO WE HAD TO USE HIM FOR SOMETHING.
  • LeBron: WILLIE WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE CITY.
  • AND WE WANTED HIM TO BE A PART OF OUR TEAM.
  • Willie McGee: TO ASK MY BROTHER
  • HOW MY GRADES WERE AND THINGS LIKE THAT
  • AND IF I'D CONSIDER PLAYING ON HIS TEAM.
  • Sian: I REMEMBER WILLIE BEING REAL SHY.
  • HE DIDN'T REALLY SAY TOO MUCH.
  • Coach: HE HAD SOME DIFFERENT LIFE EXPERIENCES
  • THAT HAD MAYBE GROWN HIM UP A LITTLE BIT MORE.
  • HE WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE MATURE THAN THE OTHER GUYS.
  • Sian: HE WAS LIKE THE GRANDFATHER OF IT ALL.
  • Lee Cotton: WE JUST STARTED TRAVELING.
  • WE STARTED PLAYING DIFFERENT TOURNAMENTS THROUGHOUT OHIO,
  • SOME OF THE CLOSE STATES-- OHIO, WEST VIRGINIA.
  • ( voices yelling )
  • - ( whistle tweets ) FEEL FOR EACH OTHER.AL
  • I'M NOT SURE IT WAS JUST MEANT TO BE,
  • BUT WE HAD A CHEMISTRY FOR EACH OTHER.
  • - ( cheers ) - Lee: IT GOT TO THE POINT
  • WHERE WE WERE WINNING PRETTY MUCH ALL THE TIME.
  • Sian: IT WAS BASKETBALL,
  • BUT IT WAS MORE FRIENDSHIP THAN ANYTHING.
  • Dru: WE WERE ALL KIND OF LIKE STRANGERS,
  • AND WE REALLY BONDED.
  • LeBron: YOU KNOW, I WANTED TO FINALLY HAVE SOME BROTHERS
  • THAT I COULD BE LOYAL TO AND BE TRUSTWORTHY.
  • I THINK WE ALL KIND OF SHARED THAT BOND.
  • Willie: I JUST REMEMBER BEING OVER AT LeBRON'S HOUSE ONE NIGHT
  • AND THEY WAS JUST TALKING LIKE, "YOU AND I ARE GOOD FRIENDS."
  • IT WAS WEIRD FOR ME, FOR SOMEBODY TO EXPRESS THEMSELF TO ME--
  • INCLUDING ANOTHER DUDE, ANOTHER BOY-- TO ME LIKE THAT.
  • THEY WERE MORE GIVING. THEY WERE MORE ACCEPTING.
  • IT JUST GOT MORE COMFORTABLE.
  • Sian: THE FAB FOUR-- THAT WAS OUR IDENTITY.
  • WE SPENT THE NIGHT
  • AT EACH OTHER'S HOUSES EVERY WEEKEND.
  • Coach: WHEN I LOOKED DOWN IN THE REC ROOM,
  • THERE WOULD JUST BE JUST BODIES DOWN THERE.
  • I WOULDN'T KNOW WHO WAS IN THERE.
  • Sian: IT WAS LIKE THE TEAM WAS A FAMILY.
  • YOU'D PLAY YOUR HEART OUT FOR YOUR FAMILY.
  • ( cheering )
  • Coach: I SAID, "YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL.
  • I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I MEANT BY THAT,
  • BUT I REMEMBER TELLING THEM THAT.
  • AND FROM THERE IT BECAME MY DREAM
  • AND THEIR DREAM TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • THE AAU IS THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION.
  • THEY HOST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR EACH AGE GROUP,
  • KIND OF LIKE THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS.
  • THAT'S THE ONE YOU WANT TO GO TO
  • AND WHERE THE BEST PLAYERS AND TEAMS ARE.
  • Dru: FINANCIALLY, WE HAD NO SPONSORS.
  • YOU NAME THE FUNDRAISER, WE PROBABLY TRIED IT.
  • WE SOLD KATYDIDS. WE DID FISH FRIES.
  • WE SOLD DUCT TAPE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.
  • HEY, DON'T LAUGH. DUCT TAPE--
  • WE MADE A LOT OF MONEY SELLING DUCT TAPE.
  • LeBron: WE WERE KIDS ON THE CORNER HUSTLING FOR UNIFORMS.
  • WASHING CARS AND GOING AROUND FROM DOOR TO DOOR.
  • THE BIG MONEYMAKER WAS RIGHT BY THE-- ( chuckles )
  • REALLY RIGHT BY THE LIQUOR STORE.
  • LeBron: WE RODE IN A MINIVAN FROM AKRON, OHIO, TO FLORIDA--
  • PROBABLY LIKE NINE OF US IN A MINIVAN.
  • Coach: WE WENT DOWN IN CARAVANS.
  • I DROVE MY WIFE'S VAN.
  • SHE DROVE MY CAR.
  • I HAD FIVE BOYS IN MY CAR
  • AND SHE HAD OUR OTHER THREE CHILDREN.
  • - Voice: LeBRON! - HELLO.
  • Coach: YOU GO IN, THEY HAVE OPENING CEREMONIES,
  • AND THE TEAMS ARE PARADING THROUGH.
  • IT'S LIKE THE OLYMPICS, AND I'M LIKE "WOW.
  • THIS IS MORE THAN I HAD EVER EXPECTED."
  • Announcer: The Northeast Ohio
  • Shooting Stars!
  • THERE WERE TEAMS FROM NEW YORK,
  • FROM CALIFORNIA, FROM FLORIDA,
  • WE WERE A TEAM FROM AKRON WHICH NO ONE EVER HEARD OF.
  • - ( crowd cheering ) - Coach: TALKING TO OTHER COACHES
  • AND HEARING THAT THEY PLAYED 60 GAMES--
  • WE PLAYED 50 GAMES. I'M THINKING,
  • "WOW, THIS DOESN'T LOOK VERY GOOD."
  • Announcer: TODAY THERE ARE OVER 100,000 BOYS COMPETING
  • IN AAU BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
  • ACROSS AMERICA.
  • Are you ready?!
  • ( crowd cheers )
  • ( whistle tweets )
  • Coach: NO ONE BELIEVED THAT WE WOULD WIN ANY OF THE GAMES.
  • Dru: IT'S LIKE WE ALL WERE JUST CLICKING AT THE RIGHT TIME.
  • WE WON SOME BIG GAMES WE DIDN'T THINK WE WERE GONNA WIN.
  • Coach: EVERYONE WAS LIKE, "OH, YOU GUYS WON AGAIN?"
  • IT WAS KIND OF THAT ATTITUDE. NOT LIKE, "GREAT GAME."
  • IT WAS LIKE THEY COULDN'T BELIEVE WE WERE STILL WINNING.
  • Sian: OUR FRIENDSHIP OFF THE COURT
  • WAS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT IS ON THE COURT.
  • Coach: THEY STARTED TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES
  • AND WHAT THEY COULD DO AS A TEAM.
  • Coach: IN THAT TOURNAMENT, LeBRON REALLY SEPARATED HIMSELF.
  • YOU COULD SEE HE WAS,
  • HEAD AND SHOULDERS, THE BEST PLAYER THERE.
  • - Voice: ALL THE WAY! WHOO! - ( crowd cheers )
  • Dru: WE WERE JUST ON A ROLL.
  • WE GOT TO THAT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME,
  • WE WERE GONNA COME HOME AND SAY WE WERE NATIONAL CHAMPS.
  • WHAT CAN YOU SAY? WE'RE NATIONAL CHAMPS.
  • NOT KNOWING IF WE WERE GONNA GO TO HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER,
  • IT DEFINITELY ADDED A LITTLE BIT MORE DRIVE.
  • OUR DREAMS OF WINNING A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS UPON US.
  • - ( crowd cheering ) - Announcer: In just a few moments,
  • one of these teams will earn the right
  • to be called national champions.
  • Sian: THE PLACE WAS PACKED.
  • ALL THE CAMERA COVERAGE AND EVERYTHING.
  • WHEN THEY SAY YOUR NAME, YOUR HEART JUST STARTS BEATING.
  • Announcer: Dru Joyce.
  • WE WERE DEFINITELY UNDERDOGS,
  • WE WERE PLAYING THE TEAM-- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ALL STARS.
  • THEY HAD WON FIFTH GRADE, SIXTH GRADE AND SEVENTH GRADE.
  • Sian: THEY HAD TWO OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY.
  • THEY HAD ONE GUY THAT WAS IN THE KIDS' "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED."
  • Announcer: Here are the Southern California All Stars.
  • THEY WERE TALKING TRASH LIKE,
  • "Y'ALL FROM WHERE? Y'ALL FROM AKRON?
  • Y'ALL COUNTRY BOYS?"
  • THEY WERE SPONSORED BY NIKE-- HAD NIKE SHOES,
  • NIKE SWEAT SUITS, NIKE BAGS.
  • OUR UNIFORMS WERE NICE UNTIL WE PLAYED THEM--
  • THEN THEY WERE TERRIBLE. ( laughs )
  • WHEN THEY WALKED INTO THE GYM, HEADS TURNED.
  • THEY HAD A SWAGGER ABOUT THEMSELVES.
  • Willie: IT WAS KIND OF INTIMIDATING, BUT WE WERE TO THE POINT LIKE
  • "FORGET IT. THEY'VE GOTTA PLAY ON THE SAME COURT AS WE GOTTA PLAY.
  • AND THEY GOTTA PLAY."
  • Announcer: Nice pass up.
  • Bell takes up the left side, spinning pass to Washington,
  • lays it in for two.
  • Outside shot for Bell.
  • It's good for three points!
  • Dru: AT ONE POINT IN THE GAME, IT STARTED GETTING UGLY.
  • Coach: OUR KIDS JUST HAD A NEVER-SAY-DIE ATTITUDE.
  • - ( buzzer sounds ) - Sian: IN THE FOURTH QUARTER,
  • WE STARTED TO CUT THE LEAD DOWN.
  • Announcer: James takes the ball up the side.
  • They're looking to cut the lead to three and he's--
  • oh! What a move by James!
  • We've got a 3-point ballgame!
  • Dru: THE FANS ARE STARTING TO GET INTO IT.
  • WE STARTED FEEDING OFF OF THEIR ENERGY.
  • Coach: WE MADE A RUN AND STILL HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
  • TO TIE IT WITH A TWO OR WIN IT WITH A THREE.
  • Announcer: We're just seconds away from crowning
  • the national champions.
  • Ball's inbounded to LeBron James,
  • He's gotta hurry it up the court. They double-team him
  • - Shot at the buzzer! - ( buzzer sounds )
  • LeBron: NOW THE WHOLE TIME I'M LOOKING AT IT,
  • IT'S LIKE "OKAY, THIS IS THE ONE I'VE ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT.
  • IT'S ABOUT TO GO IN. IT'S ABOUT TO GO IN."
  • Announcer: The Southern California All Stars, 68.
  • The Shooting Stars, 66.
  • MY DREAM WAS JUST...
  • TSH-HH! SHATTERED.
  • AND WE LOSE BY TWO.
  • THAT WAS IT. LeBRON PUT HIS HEAD IN HIS HANDS
  • AND THAT WAS IT.
  • Dru: IT WAS JUST A SICK FEELING.
  • WE WERE RIGHT THERE BUT IT JUST SLIPPED AWAY.
  • Radio announcer: Championship Weekend coming up
  • for high school basketball here in Ohio,
  • so good luck their way to Columbus.ing
  • Of course the team on everybody's watch list
  • is the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary.
  • Can LeBron James and his team complete this remarkable season
  • by bringing home the championship?
  • Willie: WE HAD JUST LOST A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • WE WERE JUST SO TOGETHER DURING THAT TIME.
  • IT WAS LIKE, "MAN, WE WANT TO KEEP DOING THIS.
  • WE DON'T WANT TO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL AND SPLIT UP."
  • Sian: WE FELT A LOYALTY TO EACH OTHER,
  • SO WHERE ONE PERSON WENT, THAT'S WHERE EVERYBODY ELSE WAS GOING.
  • LeBron: IF YOU WERE AN INNER-CITY KID,
  • YOU WENT TO BUCHTEL.
  • IT WAS DEFINITELY AN ALL-BLACK SCHOOL,
  • SO EVERYBODY EXPECTED US TO BE THERE.
  • Coach: I WAS ON STAFF AT BUCHTEL HIGH SCHOOL.
  • PRE-SEASON OPEN GYM, SO I'M BRINGING DRU AROUND
  • AND LETTING HIM PLAY WITH THE GUYS.
  • HE SAID, "DAD, THEY'RE NOT GONNA GIVE ME A CHANCE HERE.
  • THEY DIDN'T THINK HE WAS BIG ENOUGH TO PLAY.
  • ( net snaps )
  • LeBron: HE WASN'T ALWAYS THE BIGGEST. HE WASN'T ALWAYS THE FASTEST.
  • HE WASN'T THE CUTEST EITHER.
  • OH, MAN, BUT HE WAS AS TOUGH AS NAILS.
  • Sian: HE DEFINITELY HAS A LITTLE MAN'S COMPLEX.
  • HE WON'T LET ANYBODY PICK ON HIM.
  • HE'LL STAND UP TO THE BIGGEST GUY.
  • HE HAS THE BIGGEST HEART IN THE WORLD.
  • I THINK SOMETIMES HE MAY HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED.
  • HE HAD THIS LITTLE PULL-UP BAR IN HIS ROOM
  • AND HE USED TO JUST HANG FROM IT, TRYING TO STRETCH OR WHATEVER.
  • MAKE HIMSELF TALLER.
  • Dru: THE GUYS WERE GETTING BIGGER
  • AND I WASN'T GROWING AS MUCH,
  • SO I HAD TO ADD SOMETHING ELSE TO MY GAME.
  • WE TOOK DRU TO A SUNDAY NIGHT CLINIC,
  • RAN BY AN EX-COLLEGE COACH NAMED KEITH DAMBROT.
  • Keith Dambrot: A VERY QUIET YOUNG MANHE WAS
  • THAT WAS ALL BUSINESS
  • AND REALLY HAD UNBELIEVABLE SKILL LEVEL
  • AND TREMENDOUS WORK ETHIC FOR A FIFTH- OR SIXTH-GRADER.
  • IN THOSE DAYS OFF, IT DIDN'T MATTER IF WE WERE
  • COMING HOME FROM A GAME OR TOURNAMENT--
  • I REMEMBER BEING HERE ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.
  • I WAS HERE ALL THE TIME.
  • KEITH AND DRU REALLY DEVELOPED A BOND
  • BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH LITTLE GUYS WHO LOVED BASKETBALL.
  • Dru: EVERY OTHER COACH WOULD TELL ME,
  • "WELL, YOU'VE GOT TO GROW SOME. YOU'VE GOT TO GET BIGGER."
  • JUST THROWING NEGATIVE STUFF RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE.
  • Coach Dambrot: HE REALIZED THAT I DIDN'T REALLY CARE MUCH ABOUT SIZE.
  • I WAS JUST GOING TO PUT HIM IN POSITION TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
  • Coach: KEITH WAS NOW A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH
  • SO DRU SAYS TO ME, "DAD, I'M NOT GOING TO BUCHTEL.
  • I WANT TO GO TO ST. V." I REMEMBER SAYING TO HIM,
  • "I'M ON THE COACHING STAFF.
  • EVERYTHING'S IN PLACE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN?"
  • HE SAID, "DAD, I KNOW COACH DAMBROT WILL GIVE ME A CHANCE."
  • LeBron: CHOOSING TO GO TO ST. V WAS DEFINITELY BIGGER
  • THAN JUST PICKING ONE HIGH SCHOOL OVER ANOTHER.
  • PEOPLE LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU WERE CHOOSING RACE.
  • Sian: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY WANTED US
  • TO BRING OUR TALENTS TO BUCHTEL
  • AND FELT LIKE WE WERE TRAITORS.
  • THE COMMENT MADE WAS "HEY, DRU,
  • I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE PIMPING FOR ST. V NOW."
  • LeBron: WELL, EVEN IF OUR OWN COMMUNITY LOOKED DOWN ON US,
  • IT DIDN'T MATTER. IT WAS WORTH IT FOR OUR FRIEND.
  • Coach: ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY JUST HAPPENED TO BE
  • DOWN THE STREET FROM WHERE ALL THIS STUFF STARTED
  • AT THE SALVATION ARMY-- ALL ON MAPLE STREET.
  • COACH DAMBROT THEN ASKED COACH COTTON AND I TO BE A PART OF THE STAFF,
  • BECAUSE WE HAD DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE KIDS.
  • THEY WERE READY TO PLAY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL.
  • ( whistles tweeting, soles squeaking )
  • LeBron: OUR TEAM WAS RAN LIKE A COLLEGE.
  • Dru: HE WAS ON US FROM STRETCHING.
  • IF YOU WEREN'T STRETCHING HARD,
  • OR YOU WEREN'T HE WAS ON US.E RIGHT WAY,
  • "GET YOUR-- GET THIS. DO THIS.
  • WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU GUYS ARE, YOU FRESHMEN?!"
  • I'M LOOKING AT HIM LIKE, "YO, I'M FROM THE HOOD.
  • I'M ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING TO YOU AFTER PRACTICE."
  • Coach Dambrot: I WAS VERY DIFFICULT AT TIMES,
  • BUT I HAD A PURPOSE BEHIND IT.
  • I THINK, IN THE LONG RUN, IT PROVED TO BE A GOOD THING.
  • LeBron: WE NEVER KNEW HOW TO PLAY BASKETBALL
  • AT A HIGH LEVEL LIKE THAT UNTIL COACH DAMBROT.
  • Dru: HE'S PUTTING THE BEST PLAYERS ON THE COURT.
  • IF YOU DON'T GOT IT, YOU DON'T GOT IT. HE'S NOT PLAYING YOU.
  • IT DON'T MATTER IF YOU'RE A SENIOR.
  • WE HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG KIDS. WE HAVE FOUR FRESHMEN IN OUR TOP NINE.
  • ( crowd cheers )
  • Brian Windhorst: THE GROUND RUNNING
  • AND THEY INSTANTLY HAD A CHEMISTRY.
  • THEY STARTED BLOWING TEAMS OUT.
  • David Lee Morgan Jr.: YOU COULD SEE THE COHESIVENESS.
  • IT TAKES TEAMS TIME TO DEVELOP THAT.
  • THEY HAD IT AS SOON AS THEY WERE FRESHMEN.
  • EVERY TIME THAT WE GO OUT ON THE FLOOR,
  • WE WANT TO PLAY 110%. THAT'S WHAT WE DID TONIGHT.
  • ♪ I AM, I AM SOMEBODY. ♪
  • LeBron: FIVE GAMES IN, 5-0.
  • 15-0, 20-0,
  • AND THE BUZZ IS... ( clicks tongue ) CLICKING.
  • Woman: The Eagles fall from the ranks of the unbeaten
  • while the Irish roll on.
  • St. V proves worthy of that top ranking.
  • We just established who was the best.
  • "THIS IS KINDA COOL. I THINK-- HEY, GUYS,
  • I THINK WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO GO TO ST. V.
  • THAT'S WHAT WE WERE SAYING. "I THINK WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION."
  • David Lee: 14 AND 15 YEARS OLD,
  • AND THEY WENT 27-0.
  • Coach: ALL SEASON LONG WHEN WE'D GO OUT FOR WARM-UPS,
  • YOU WOULD HEAR THE OTHER TEAMS LAUGH AT HIM
  • AND CALL HIM "THE MASCOT."
  • LeBron: DRU AT THE TIME WAS 4'10" ON A GOOD DAY.
  • "COME ON, THIS GUY"-- THEY'RE LOOKING AT THIS DUDE
  • LIKE, "HE'S NOT GONNA PLAY."
  • Sian: AROUND AKRON,
  • THEY FELT LIKE HE GOT WHAT HE GOT
  • BECAUSE COACH DRU WAS THE COACH.
  • I WAS VERY HARD ON HIM
  • AND IT HURT OUR RELATIONSHIP.
  • FOR A LONG TIME, IT WASN'T FATHER-SON
  • IT WAS COACH-PLAYER.
  • Dru: SOMETIMES HE WOULD BREAK ME DOWN IN THE GAME
  • AND I COULDN'T GET THROUGH IT.
  • Carolyn Joyce: SOMETIMES I HAD TO MEDIATE BETWEEN THE TWO.
  • DRU DID FEEL THAT IT WAS HARD TO LIVE UP
  • TO THE STANDARDS THAT HIS DAD HAD SET.
  • Coach: MAYBE I WENT OVERBOARD.
  • I HAD ENOUGH SENSE ONE TIME TO ASK DRU
  • IF I WAS BEING TOO HARD ON HIM, AND HE TOLD ME "YES."
  • MY DAD HAD ME IN THE GYM GETTING UP SHOTS,
  • WATCHING TAPES AND WATCHING GAMES,
  • WATCH HOW HE SHOOTS THE BALL,
  • WATCH HIS ARC HE PUTS ON THE BALL.
  • Coach: I WANTED EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND
  • THAT WHAT DRU GOT, HE GOT BECAUSE HE EARNED.
  • BUT IT WAS HARD. IT WAS HARD ON BOTH OF US.
  • DEFINITELY HARDER ON HIM,
  • BECAUSE AS A CHILD YOU WANT TO PLEASE YOUR PARENTS.
  • I'M SURE HE QUESTIONED, "DO I DO ANYTHING RIGHT?"
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • Announcer: Coming up here on ONN,
  • we have the Division III State Boys' Basketball Finals
  • as Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary battles Jamestown Greeneview.
  • Coach: THEY'RE FRESHMEN. AT THIS LEVEL,
  • THE CROWDS, THE PRESSURE IS GONNA GET TO 'EM.
  • Commentator: He's the point guard.
  • He's the one that makes this team go.
  • Announcer: Another drop-in right there.
  • Commentator: right here of hustling.
  • - Announcer: Matthew - ( whistle tweets )ne...
  • count the bucket and a foul for Matthews.
  • Commentator: But so far Greeneview's done a nice job
  • of controlling the pace of this game.
  • To call Dru Joyce, who's checking into the game,
  • diminutive would be an understatement.
  • Windhorst: HE CAME INTO THE GAME AND FANS WERE LAUGHING AT HIM.
  • THEY THOUGHT THE BALL BOY HAD CHECKED IN.
  • HIS SHORTS WERE SO BIG, THEY LOOKED LIKE SWEATPANTS.
  • Announcer: listed at 5'2",y
  • but I think everyone's under the general consensus
  • - that he's maybe about 4'11". - ( commentator laughs )
  • Greeneview by 3, 11-8.
  • - Triple by Joyce. - ( crowd cheers )
  • You almost couldn't see him shoot it,
  • and he stuck it to tie the game at 11.
  • A long three by Dru Joyce.
  • He does it again.
  • A half-dozen for Dru Joyce.
  • Dru Joyce gets open deep in the corner and he does it again.
  • Coach: THEN WHEN HE MADE THE THIRD ONE,
  • I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING.
  • I JUST WANTED TO ALLOW THIS THING TO PLAY OUT.
  • Commentator: It looks like the Irish
  • just want to pass it around the outside
  • and look ( laughs )e got.
  • Sian: HE DIDN'T WANT ANYBODY TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HIS SIZE
  • BECAUSE HE FELT HE COULD GO WITH ANYBODY NO MATTER THEIR SIZE.
  • HE'D JUST DO IT A DIFFERENT WAY.
  • Commentator: That's where the point guard's got to find him.
  • Announcer: Dru Joyce! Whoo!
  • Announcer: Dru ties the Division III Championship record,
  • - six for six. - Commentator: Oh!
  • Six for six, Dru Joyce.
  • He has 18 points
  • in six minutes of play time.
  • Is this Dru Joyce seven for seven?
  • Oh! There it is.
  • 21 points for Dru Joyce at the end of the third period.
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary a quarter away
  • from a State Championship. They lead by 17.
  • Windhorst: IT WAS A TRANSCENDENT MOMENT.
  • IT WAS A MOMENT THAT MOST PEOPLE THERE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.
  • Willie: THAT WAS THE LITTLE MAN ON HIS SHOULDER
  • HE KNOCKED OFF THAT GAME.
  • David Lee: I THINK IT'S THE SIZE OF THAT MAN'S HEART
  • AND THE SIZE OF THAT MAN'S BRAIN
  • THAT DETERMINES WHO CAN PLAY AND WHO CAN'T PLAY.
  • Coach: GOING INTO THE SOPHOMORE YEAR,
  • WE WERE PLAYING SOME TOUGHER TEAMS,
  • SO WE NEEDED TO BE BETTER.
  • Romeo Travis: THOUGHT BASKETBALL
  • WAS GOING TO BE MY FUTURE FUTURE.
  • I JUST WANTED TO PLAY IT
  • JUST BECAUSE IT GETS YOU GIRLS.
  • Sian: WHEN ROME TRANSFERRED IN, HE WAS COOL.
  • HE WAS-- NO, ROME WASN'T COOL.
  • HE WAS FUNNY, BUT HE WAS SO SELFISH.
  • I MEAN, WE LOOKED OUT FOR EACH OTHER. ROME? NO SENSE OF THAT.
  • THEY'RE LIKE SISTERS, LIKE LITTLE GIRLS--
  • ALWAYS GIGGLING.
  • IT WAS TOUCHY-FEELY AND ALWAYS SHARING.
  • I'M NOT THE SHARING, CARING, LOVING TYPE.
  • Sian: HE CALLED HIMSELF "THE ANGRY MAN."
  • SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE ON A HAT AND WALK DOWN THE HALL,
  • AND HE'D BE LIKE, "HEY, THAT HAT IS DUMB AS HELL."
  • YOU KNOW, SOMETHING LIKE THAT FOR NO REASON-- NO GOOD REASON.
  • WE WERE LIKE, "MAN, WHY IS YOU--
  • DO YOU WAKE UP ANGRY? WHAT ARE YOU MAD FOR?
  • WHO DID SOMETHING TO YOU TODAY?"
  • HE JUST HAD AN ATTITUDE.
  • Romeo: SIAN WAS ALWAYS TALKING ON COURT,
  • PLAYING DIRTY. I NEVER LIKED HIM.
  • DRU RAKED MY EYES OUT, LIKE SOME WRESTLING TYPE--
  • LIKE, RIP MY EYEBALL OUT.
  • I HIT HIM IN THE EYE. HE WAS CRYING.
  • I PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE.
  • DRU, HE'S JUST A LITTLE OFF.
  • HE'S LIKE, "YEAH YEAH, HIT ME AGAIN. HIT ME AGAIN. I LIKE IT. I LIKE IT."
  • Woman: The St. Vincent-St. Mary Irish basketball team
  • finished the season a perfect 27-0
  • and the Division III State Champions.
  • So let's tip it off with their crowning moment as we honor...
  • Boys: This year's St. V, St. V!
  • PEOPLE SAW SUCH HIGH EXPECTATIONS
  • BECAUSE WE HAD WON THE PREVIOUS YEAR. WE HAD WON STATE.
  • IT WAS A TEAM THAT WAS YOUNG, AND PEOPLE SAID,
  • "THIS COULD HAPPEN FOR THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS.
  • ♪ I STAND FOR YOU, 'CAUSE YOU STAND FOR ME ♪
  • ♪ I KNOW I JAM, I KNOW I JAM JAM... ♪
  • Coach: WE WERE STARTING TO GET SOME NATIONAL RANKING.
  • PEOPLE WERE STARTING TO SAY, "WHAT'S GOING ON OVER HERE IN AKRON, OHIO?"
  • ♪ KABOOM KABOOM, THE PLATOON CAME ON IN... ♪
  • Sian: WE WEREN'T WINNING BY EIGHT OR 10 OR 12.
  • - WE WERE WINNING BY 20. - ( crowd cheers )
  • Coach Dambrot: YOU COULD SEE THE WHOLE LeBRON PHENOMENON
  • THEN THE TEAM PHENOMENON GROW, GROW AND GROW.
  • ♪ SHAKE MY SHELL LEED A LUGA WITH DUGA ♪
  • ♪ SOME SAY MODELING AND ACTING MEAN... ♪
  • Announcer: James with a steal.
  • Drives in, and finishes with a flourish!
  • Sian: SINCE WE WERE WINNING, IT DIDN'T REALLY MATTER
  • THAN ROME HAD AN ATTITUDE SOMETIMES
  • OR DIDN'T WANT TO DO WHAT WE NEEDED HIM TO DO SOMETIMES.
  • Willie: HE WAS PLAYING WELL, WE WERE PLAYING GOOD
  • AND HE WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH IT
  • INSTEAD OF GAINING FRIENDS AND DOING IT FOR EACH OTHER, NOT JUST FOR HIM.
  • Announcer: Vikings with a chance, ball on its way.
  • Whoa! Swatted away!
  • LeBron: WHEN YOU'RE WINNING, YOU DON'T SEE AS MUCH
  • AS YOU WOULD SEE IF YOU WERE LOSING.
  • SO ROMEO NOT BEING AS TIGHT AS US FOUR,
  • IT WASN'T SO MICROSCOPIC AS IT WAS IF WE WERE LOSING.
  • Akron's St. Vincent- St. Mary has done it again.
  • LeBron: BUT WE WERE WINNING.
  • ♪ YOU'D BE THUG-STYLE FOR A WHILE THEN COLD ROLLED OUR JOCK ♪
  • ♪ USING THE LAST FEW YEARS AS MY EVIDENCE... ♪
  • Romeo: I DIDN'T CARE IF I WAS PART OF THE GROUP.
  • WE WERE PLAYING GOOD BALL AND WE WERE WINNING.
  • THAT'S ALL I CARED ABOUT.
  • I FIGURED I'D DO MY OWN THING.
  • Willie: OUR GOAL FOR THAT YEAR
  • BUT IT ALSO OPENED OUR EYES UP
  • AT THE END OF FRESHMAN YEAR. WE COULD DO SO MUCH MORE.
  • OUR GOALS HAD BECOME BIGGER--
  • WE CAN CARRY THIS TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • LISTEN, FELLAS. HEY, BIG DAY.
  • IT'S A BIG DAY, ALL RIGHT?
  • WE'RE BETTER THAN THIS TEAM.
  • THEY HAVEN'T PLAYED ANYWHERE NEAR THE COMPETITION WE'VE PLAYED,
  • BUT I'M GONNA TELL YOU-- THEY'RE GONNA PLAY HARD, FELLAS.
  • SO IF YOU'RE NOT READY TO PLAY HARD,
  • LET ME KNOW NOW. COME ON, LET'S BRING IT IN.
  • - Coach: ONE, TWO, THREE... - All: TEAM.
  • - FOUR, FIVE, SIX. - All: WORK HARD.
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • COACH DAMBROT AND THE FIGHTING IRISH
  • FROM ST. VINCENT- ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL.
  • WHAT AN OUTSTANDING SEASON YOU'VE HAD.
  • Sian: HIM LEAVING AT THAT TIME
  • REALLY HURT OUR MORALE.
  • I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT HIS PERSONAL REASONS AT ALL.
  • I KNEW WHAT HE HAD SAID TO ME
  • THAT HE WAS GONNA BE THERE FOR THE FOUR YEARS
  • AND THAT'S ALL THAT CAME TO MY MIND.
  • "AND YOU-- YOU LIED." YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
  • I PLAYED HARD FOR HIM.
  • HE CURSED ME OUT AND TREATED ME BAD,
  • BUT I FELT LIKE HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST COACHES I HAD EVER PLAYED FOR.
  • SEEING HIM GO-- I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • I NEVER WANTED TO TALK TO HIM AGAIN.
  • Coach Dambrot: IT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE,
  • BECAUSE I WOULDN'T EVEN HAVE HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY
  • IF IT WASN'T FOR THE PLAYERS ON THAT TEAM.
  • THOSE GUYS HAD RESURRECTED MY CAREER,
  • Coach: AND TELLS MECALLS ME
  • THAT HE WANTED ME TO TAKE OVER.
  • MY FIRST RESPONSE, HONESTLY, WAS "NO."
  • I DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT.
  • I JUST FELT LIKE "I DON'T WANT TO MESS THIS THING UP."
  • THESE KIDS HAVE SO MUCH GOING FOR THEM.
  • WE HAD UPGRADED THE SCHEDULE TILL IT WAS--
  • WE'RE PLAYING NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS.
  • WE HAD THEM ALL COMING INTO AKRON.
  • WE'RE MOVING INTO DIVISION II.
  • THERE WAS JUST SO MANY CHALLENGES
  • AND FOR ME TO BE A FIRST-YEAR COACH,
  • I JUST FELT LIKE I DIDN'T WANT TO MESS IT UP.
  • I CAN REMEMBER
  • SHARING THAT WITH MY WIFE.
  • SHE SAID TO ME, "DRU, HOW CAN YOU SAY NO?
  • THIS IS HONORING ALL THOSE YEARS
  • THAT YOU PUT IN WITH THESE KIDS.
  • HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY SAY NO?"
  • THOSE WORDS WERE WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR.
  • I GREW UP IN SOME VERY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS.
  • MY FATHER WAS A JANITOR.
  • AND MY MOTHER CLEANED WEALTHY FAMILIES' HOMES.
  • SHE WAS WHAT THEY CALLED A "DAY WORKER."
  • BUT MY MOTHER WAS JUST ADAMANT--
  • I MEAN, GOING TO COLLEGE, FOR ME,
  • WAS ALMOST LIKE GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL.
  • IT WAS NEVER "AM I GOING OR AM I NOT?"
  • IT WAS "YOU'RE GOING."
  • I WASN'T REALLY TRYING TO CLIMB THE CORPORATE LADDER,
  • BUT AS THE KIDS STARTED TO COME
  • AND THE RESPONSIBILITY STARTED TO GROW,
  • THE FOCUS WAS "HEY, WE NEED TO MAKE A LITTLE MORE MONEY."
  • I'M HAVING A LOT OF GOOD SUCCESS AT WORK,
  • WINNING A LOT OF PRIZES, A LOT OF TRIPS.
  • I WAS VERY APPRECIATIVE OF IT, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY
  • I WOULD ASK MYSELF
  • "WHAT HAVE I DONE THAT REALLY MATTERS?"
  • LET US PRAY.
  • DEARLY, FATHER, LORD, WE THANK YOU
  • FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS YOU'VE BESTOWED UPON US.
  • LORD, WE UNDERSTAND THAT BASKETBALL
  • IS VERY SMALL IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS,
  • WE RECOGNIZE THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE
  • WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE RIGHT HERE WHERE WE ARE,
  • BUT YOU HAVE BLESSED US WITH THIS OPPORTUNITY
  • AND WE WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT--
  • NOT FOR OUR OWN GLORY, BUT FOR YOUR GLORY.
  • WE PRAY THESE THINGS IN YOUR SON JESUS' NAME.
  • - AMEN. - All: AMEN.
  • - ONE, TWO, THREE... - All: TEAM.
  • - FOUR, FIVE, SIX. - All: WORK HARD.
  • SUPERMAN, LET'S GO.
  • I TOOK OVER,
  • UNDERSTANDING THAT IF WE WON THEY WERE GONNA BE KEITH'S KIDS.
  • AND IF WE LOST, IT WOULD BE MY FAULT SO...
  • A DOOR IS OPENED FOR YOUR DREAM,
  • YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE.
  • YOU JUST RUN THROUGH THE DOOR AND TRY TO DO
  • THE BEST JOB THAT I WAS GONNA BE ABLE TO DO.
  • Man: will be playing Mary
  • a national schedule this year
  • with an opportunity to win a national championship
  • A lot of pressure, though, on Coach Dru Joyce.
  • to make sure they have the same success as the previous two years.
  • That's one team you've got to buy a ticket to go see-- St. V's.
  • WE DEFINITELY FELT LIKE IT WAS OUR TURN.
  • LeBron: I WAS STARTING TO BECOME A MAN MY JUNIOR YEAR.
  • I WAS 16, ABOUT TO TURN 17
  • SO IT WAS LIKE "WHATEVER. LET'S GET DOWN."
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • ( announcer speaks )
  • - ( cheering ) - LeBron: WE'RE PLAYING THESE HIGHLY-RANKED TEAMS
  • IN THE COUNTRY, AND WE'RE WINNING 100-50.
  • Announcer: the Bulldogs, 76-36.
  • 80-35.
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary's dominates again! 78-49.
  • I KEEP HEARING ABOUT THIS PLAYER CARMELO ANTHONY
  • AND I'M LIKE "WHATEVER."
  • COUNTRY, STATESIDE, CITYSIDE-- IT WAS BANANAS.
  • IT WAS LIKE WE FELT INVINCIBLE.
  • WE WAS LIKE, UNTOUCHABLES.
  • Announcer: Travis from LeBron James!
  • Travis from James.
  • Windhorst: THEY SEEMED TO NEVER LET ANYBODY DOWN.
  • THEY REALLY WERE DEFENDING ALL THE HYPE.
  • AFTER A WHILE, YOU STARTED SAYING
  • "WOW. IS THIS ONE OF THE GREATEST TEAMS
  • IN HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HISTORY?"
  • ♪ WE GONNA MAKE IT ♪
  • ♪ WE GONNA MAKE IT, WE GONNA MAKE IT... ♪
  • Grant Wahl: FIRST TIME I SAW LeBRON PLAY WAS IN AKRON.
  • AND I THINK THE TENDENCY IS,
  • ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE A SKEPTICAL SPORTSWRITER,
  • IS TO TRY AND NITPICK AND SAY TO YOURSELF,
  • "THIS KID ISN'T AS GOOD AS EVERYONE SAYS HE IS."
  • AND YET, HE WAS THAT GOOD.
  • AND SO I PITCHED THE STORY TO "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED."
  • ♪ HIT ME, HIT ME... ♪
  • Reporter: He's been dubbed "The Chosen One"
  • according to "Sports Illustrated,"
  • LeBron is the first high school athlete
  • to grace the magazine's cover in 36 years.
  • Windhorst: NOBODY FROM AKRON HAD EVER BEEN ON THE COVER
  • OF "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED" BEFORE.
  • Morgan: YOU'VE GOT KIDS FROM TEXAS AND NEW YORK CITY
  • READING ABOUT THIS KID FROM AKRON, OHIO.
  • Reporter: and world media have been
  • following the St. Vincent- St. Mary star all season long.
  • Coach: ONCE THE "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED"
  • THING GOES ON,
  • EVERYTHING WAS JUST AMPLIFIED.
  • ♪ PEOPLE SING AROUND, NOW PEOPLE GATHER ROUND ♪
  • ♪ NOW PEOPLE JUMP AROUND, GET YOUR FREAK ON... ♪
  • Coach: TODAY'S ESPN, INTERNET GENERATION--
  • WHAT HAPPENS IN ONE SMALL CORNER OF THE COUNTRY,
  • OF THE WORLD, CAN BE WORLDWIDE.
  • THESE KIDS WERE RIGHT AT THE FOREFRONT OF IT,
  • SO WHEN THEY WENT SOMEPLACE, PEOPLE KNEW 'EM BY NAME.
  • LeBRON JAMES HAS HIS OWN T-SHIRT
  • THAT YOU CAN BUY HERE AT THE GAME TODAY.
  • Wahl: YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO LEW ALCINDOR--
  • KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR NOW, WHO GOT THAT KIND OF ATTENTION
  • AS A HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER BEFORE THEIR SENIOR SEASON.
  • BUT WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO BACK THAT FAR,
  • YOU REALIZE HOW RARE IT IS WHAT LeBRON WAS DOING.
  • THEY MOVED ALL THEIR HIGH SCHOOL GAMES
  • OVER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON JUST FOR SHEER SEATING PURPOSES,
  • AND EVEN THERE, SOME OF THE HIGHER-PROFILE GAMES--
  • THE 5,000 SEATS WEREN'T ENOUGH.
  • Reporter: The Cavs' Gund Arena has only sold out twice this year--
  • once when Michael Jordan came to town
  • and the other was to see this guy--
  • LeBron James. And a 30-point win sends the Irish
  • to the regional semi-finals.
  • Announcer: LeBron James!
  • Sian: IT WAS ALMOST LIKE PLAYING IN THE NBA--
  • PEOPLE AT OUR HOTEL, GIRLS TRYING TO GET UP TO THE ROOM.
  • Lee: PEOPLE OUT FRONT SCALPING TICKETS FOR 300 BUCKS
  • TO SEE A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME.
  • Windhorst: YOU KNEW THAT IT WAS A PHENOMENON THAT YOU WANTED TO SEE,
  • 'CAUSE YOU KNEW THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE ABLE
  • TO TELL YOUR KIDS "I SAW LeBRON PLAY WHEN."
  • He's like the next Michael Jordan,
  • so my brother told me I had to get a picture.
  • HE WASN'T THE ONLY CELEBRITY,
  • HE JUST HAD A LITTLE MORE STAR POWER THAN THE REST OF US.
  • WE WERE LIKE A ROCK BAND-- HE WAS JUST THE LEAD SINGER.
  • WE HAD JOGGING SUITS. WE WERE ALL MATCHING.
  • WE WERE LACED FROM HEAD TO TOE.
  • WE WERE SPONSORED BY ADIDAS NOW. WE WERE ROCKING.
  • - WE WERE LIKE "WHOO!" - Sian: SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS EVERYWHERE WE WENT.
  • TAKING PICTURES, KISSING BABIES-- THAT KIND OF THING.
  • YOU KNOW, IT WAS ALL GOOD.
  • Coach Dambrot: IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH,
  • 300 PEOPLE WAITING FOR AUTOGRAPHS,
  • THERE WERE GUYS IN THEIR UNIFORMS THAT HAD JUST PLAYED THE GAME
  • THAT WANTED HIS AUTOGRAPH.
  • NO AUTOGRAPHS, GENTLEMEN. NO AUTOGRAPHS.
  • - LeBRON. LeBRON. - COME ON.
  • - LeBRON. - Man: YO, LeBRON!
  • YO, 'BRON. GIMME SOME, 'BRON.
  • - LeBRON. - Boy: THERE HE IS!
  • LeBRON!
  • Coach: FOR ME, AS A FIRST-YEAR COACH,
  • HOW DO YOU MANAGE THIS?
  • IT WAS ALL NEW, SO THERE WERE TIMES
  • THAT I WANTED TO GO OUT IN MY BACKYARD AND JUST SCREAM.
  • Dru: HE HAD TO TRY TO HANDLE THAT CIRCUS PLUS KEEP US ON TRACK.
  • Coach Dambrot: WITH THE AMOUNT OF EXPECTATIONS,
  • PEOPLE THAT WERE GOING TO THE GAME, THE TEAMS YOU WERE PLAYING--
  • THEY WERE DRAWING MORE THAN WE WERE AT THE UNIVERSITIES.
  • Patty Burdon: WE'D BE SITTING IN THE ATHLETIC OFFICE,
  • AND THE ANSWERING MACHINE WOULD COME ON
  • AND IT WOULD BE THE LETTERMAN SHOW.
  • WE'D ALL LOOK AT EACH OTHER LIKE "OH MY GOD."
  • WE WERE LIKE-- INTO KIDS.ADULTS
  • Grant: WHEN SOMEONE HAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TALENT
  • AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE,
  • WE GO NUTS FOR IT IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • MORE SO, I THINK, THAN IN OTHER COUNTRIES.
  • AS A JOURNALIST YOU DO THINK ABOUT
  • WHAT IT'S GONNA DO TO SOMEBODY'S LIFE
  • WHEN SOMEONE THAT YOUNG WHO HASN'T REALLY DONE ANYTHING YET,
  • IS PUT ON THE COVER OF THE MAGAZINE.
  • Man: HOW DO YOU TELL 16-, 17-YEAR-OLD KIDS
  • "DON'T LET IT GET TO YOUR HEAD, BUT THERE'S ABOUT 300 KIDS OUT THERE
  • WAITING FOR AUTOGRAPHS?"
  • - ( chattering ) - ♪ GO GO ♪
  • ♪ GO GO GO GO... ♪
  • Willie: WE DEFINITELY HAD A SWAGGER ABOUT US.
  • WE HAD A STRONG SWAGGER.
  • ♪ IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY ♪
  • ♪ WE GONNA SIP BACARDI LIKE IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY ♪
  • ♪ AND YOU KNOW WE DON'T GIVE A --, IT'S NOT YOUR BIRTHDAY! ♪
  • ♪ YOU CAN FIND ME IN THE CLUB... ♪
  • Man: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH LeBRON JAMES?
  • I'VE SEEN HIM PLAY. HE'S VERY TALENTED.
  • ♪ I AIN'T INTO MAKING LOVE ♪
  • ♪ SO COME GIVE ME A HUG IF YOU INTO GETTING RUBBED ♪
  • ♪ YOU CAN FIND ME IN THE CLUB, BOTTLE FULL OF BUB ♪
  • ♪ MAMA, I'VE GOT WHAT YOU NEED... ♪
  • Kobe Bryant: ULTIMATELY, WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS A BELIEF IN YOURSELF.
  • IF HE HAS THAT, HE'LL BE FINE.
  • ♪ SO COME GIVE ME A HUG IF YOU INTO GETTING RUBBED ♪
  • ♪ WHEN I PULL OUT UP FRONT, YOU SEE THE BENZ ON DUBS... ♪
  • HE PROBABLY CAN DO SOME DAMAGE ON THE NEXT LEVEL TOO.
  • ♪ EVERYBODY SHOW ME LOVE, WHEN YOU SELL LIKE EMINEM... ♪
  • DA-- DAMN! YOU TOOK OFF AND NEVER LANDED.
  • ONE MORE TIME. GO SLOW ONE MORE TIME.
  • - ( siren blaring ) - ONE MORE TIME.
  • YOU'D GET THAT INVINCIBILITY TRAIT
  • WHERE YOU THINK THAT, "HEY, IT DOESN'T MATTER.
  • I CAN TURN IT ON AND OFF WHENEVER I WANT."
  • ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO BE A CHAMPION--
  • ALL THE GREATS HAVE DONE IT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS--
  • - Man: UH-HUH? - --EAT WHEATIES.
  • - ( man laughs ) WHAT? - EAT WHEATIES.
  • RIGHT? RIGHT? THAT'S ALL YOU GOTTA DO, RIGHT?
  • WHEN YOU'VE COACHED A GROUP OF GUYS
  • FROM THE TIME THEY WERE 10, SOMETIMES YOU GET TO A POINT WHERE
  • THEY STOP LISTENING TO YOU, THEY STOP HEARING YOU.
  • HOW IS THAT NOT A PART OF THE PLAY?
  • NO, SIAN WAS RIGHT HERE, THE BALL WAS HERE.
  • WHAT WE DID WAS A RANDOM PLAY. GO.
  • EVEN IF WE DON'T, YOU STILL SET IT UP, COACH DRU.
  • I COULD SEE SOME PROBLEMS COMING THAT COULD LEAD TO DISASTER,
  • AND I DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING COACH DRU COULD DO ABOUT IT.
  • Sian: WE WERE WINNING AND WE WERE YOUNG,
  • SO WE BLEW HIM OFF, LIKE "WHATEVER.
  • WE'RE GONNA WIN ANYWAY."
  • ♪ MY FLOW, MY SHOW BROUGHT ME THE DOUGH ♪
  • ♪ THAT BOUGHT ME ALL MY FANCY THINGS... ♪
  • PARTYING LATE AT NIGHT, HAVING PEOPLE COME VISIT AT THE HOTEL.
  • WE'VE GOT A GAME THE NEXT DAY, BUT WHO CARES? WE'LL STILL WIN IT BY 40.
  • Coach Dambrot: THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT
  • WHETHER THEY COULD WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THAT YEAR.
  • Coach: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD TEAM AND A GREAT TEAM?
  • IT'S THE ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS.
  • NO ONE WANTS TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER.
  • YOU DON'T START TALKING, YOU'RE NEVER GONNA PLAY FOR ME.
  • YOU'LL JUST BE A J.V. GUY SITTING AT THE END OF THE BENCH.
  • I'M JUST BEING REAL WITH YOU, ALL RIGHT?
  • IF YOU CAN'T DO THOSE LITTLE THINGS, HOW CAN WE PLAY?
  • Sian: OFF THE COURT,
  • ROMEO-- HE WAS DISTANT FROM EVERYBODY,
  • SO WHEN IT CAME TO ON THE COURT,
  • WE WERE KINDA DISTANT FROM HIM.
  • ( chatting )
  • WE HAD IT ROUGH GROWING UP,
  • AND YOU HAD TO FEND FOR YOURSELF.
  • EVERYTHING WE GOT, IT WAS PRECIOUS TO US.
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
  • IN CHRIST I PRAY. AMEN.
  • All: AMEN.
  • Romeo: GROWING UP, IT WAS HARD. IT WAS REAL HARD.
  • SOMETIMES WE DIDN'T HAVE NOTHING TO EAT.
  • MY SISTER WOULD GO PUT ON A BIG, THICK WINTER COAT
  • AND GO STEAL SOME INGREDIENTS TO MAKE SOME SPAGHETTI.
  • IT JUST WAS WHATEVER WE NEEDED TO DO TO GET BY.
  • MY FAMILY MOVED AROUND SO MUCH, IT WAS RIDICULOUS.
  • I WENT TO SIX OR SEVEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
  • HE WASN'T ABLE TO ESTABLISH,
  • REALLY, LONG-TERM FRIENDSHIPS MAYBE THE WAY HE SHOULD'VE.
  • HE TOOK ON AN ATTITUDE OF "EACH MAN FOR HIMSELF."
  • "I HAVE TO GET MINE. LOOK OUT FOR ME.
  • IF I DON'T GET IT, THEN I WON'T HAVE IT."
  • La'Kisha: HE WANTED TO LEAVE.
  • THEY WERE A CLIQUE AND HE WASN'T A PART OF IT.
  • IT HURT HIS FEELINGS AND HE JUST FELT LIKE "WHY EVEN BOTHER?"
  • LeBron: I HAD KNOWN ROMEO NOT WELL,
  • BUT WELL ENOUGH WHERE HE COULD TALK TO ME.
  • BUT DRU, WILLIE AND SIAN GAVE HIM NO CHANCE.
  • NO CHANCE AT ALL.
  • WHY ARE YOU -- FIGHTING?
  • - ( boys shouting ) - HEY HEY. ALL RIGHT.
  • GET OFF MY LITTLE BROTHER--
  • WHOA! HOLD ON! HOLD ON!
  • THAT'S WHAT-- WHAT'S WHAT ALWAYS GETS YOU IN TROUBLE.
  • I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. WE NEED A POLICE ESCORT.
  • Coach: WAS YOU SITTING DOWN? SIT DOWN.
  • Dru: WE NEED A POLICE ESCORT, MAN.
  • Coach: EVERYTHING WITH DRU AND ME IS INTENSIFIED.
  • NOW WE'RE ON A NATIONAL SCALE
  • AND I DON'T WANT ANY MISTAKES.
  • IF DRU HAD A TURNOVER, IT WAS LIKE HE HAD 10 TURNOVERS.
  • WE BUMPED HEADS BECAUSE, YOU KNOW,
  • NOW I'M REQUIRING PERFECTION FROM HIM,
  • AND MAYBE NOT FROM EVERYONE ELSE.
  • IF YOU CAN'T LET IT GO,
  • THEN LET ME KNOW AND I'M NOT GONNA PLAY YOU.
  • I JUST TOLD YOU I DON'T HAVE AN ATTITUDE.
  • WHY AREN'T YOU LISTENING, DRU?
  • POINT GUARD LEADER.
  • THE ONLY TEAM THAT'S GONNA BEAT ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY
  • IS US AND THESE KINDS OF ATTITUDES IS WHAT'S GONNA BEAT US.
  • Coach: YOU JUST SEE A COMPLACENCY
  • THAT'S CREEPING IN BECAUSE OF THE STATUS.
  • YOU'RE BEING BUILT UP ON THIS PEDESTAL.
  • IT'S SO EASY FOR THAT THING TO FALL.
  • LeBron: WE'RE THE DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS, YOU KNOW.
  • THEY'VE GOT TO COME BEAT US. I'M NOT BEING COCKY,
  • BUT THAT'S JUST THE TYPE OF PLAYER I AM.
  • I'M GUARANTEEING I'M NOT GONNA LET MY TEAM LOSE.
  • I DON'T WANT MY TEAM LOSING AND I KNOW THEY DON'T WANNA LOSE.
  • - I AIN'T GONNA LET IT HAPPEN. - ( crowd cheering )
  • Announcer: A sell-out crowd awaits us here
  • at the Value City Arena. Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary
  • will throw their high-powered offense up against a team
  • that fully expected to be playing in this game today.
  • Coach: YOU GUYS ARE NOT READY TO PLAY.
  • YOU'RE UNDERESTIMATING THESE GUYS.
  • YOU GUYS THINK YOU CAN TURN IT ON AND OFF LIKE THE FAUCET
  • BUT YOU CAN'T.
  • IF YOU THINK THIS TEAM IS GONNA WALK OUT THERE
  • AND LET YOU WALK AWAY WITH THIS,
  • YOU'RE FOOLING YOURSELVES. ALL RIGHT, FELLAS?
  • YOU'RE FOOLING YOURSELVES.
  • Announcer #2: A new head coach, Dru Joyce,
  • really stepped into a pressure-cooker job.
  • Commentator: It's gonna be a tough road for St. Vincent.
  • Coach: COMPLACENT, ARROGANT SELFISHNESS--
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE ABOUT.
  • They believe in their style of play.
  • Announcer: "We're not backing down from these guys.
  • We're not changing a thing. We're going right at 'em."
  • Commentator: That's why I like this matchup today.
  • The opening tip State Championship game
  • and the opening tap St. Vincent-St. Mary.n's
  • LeBron: THAT YEAR AT KENT STATE.
  • WE BLEW 'EM OUT. THEY CAN'T BEAT US.",
  • James working on Wyrick, spins to the baseline,
  • - leaves it inside for Travis. - Super pass.
  • I'll tell you. This young man can pass the basketball.
  • Coach: EARLY ON, ROGER BACON, THEY MADE IT VERY CLEAR
  • THEY WERE A VERY GOOD TEAM, THAT IT WASN'T GONNA BE EASY.
  • The other way come the Spartans from Roger Bacon
  • and it's Beckham Wyrick to put his team back ahead by a point.
  • They go up and down the floor here in the first quarter.
  • Let's go! Let's go! Pick it up!
  • Coach: WE STRUGGLED EARLY.
  • LeBRON COULDN'T DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HE HAD DONE SO EASILY.
  • Big play this morning here in Columbus.
  • - ( whistle tweets ) - The immediate push
  • and the fourth personal foul on LeBron James.
  • as he spins into the lane and a charge is called.
  • Romeo: IT'S JUST LIKE EVERYTHING HAPPENED WRONG
  • AT THE RIGHT TIME.
  • Commentator: In this third quarter with no points-- oh!
  • Announcer: The lob to Beckham Wyrick.
  • Whoo-hoo-hoo.
  • Able to answer the drive by James.
  • 7:10 remain
  • in the Division II State Championship game here
  • at the Value City Arena in Columbus.
  • Offensive rebounding a big factor in this one.
  • That's been one of the reasons that Roger Bacon
  • has been able to stay in it-- James can't finish inside.
  • Took the lob from Dru Joyce and can't finish.
  • And it's a five-on-four game right now--
  • James a little slow getting back down the floor.
  • Commentator: That's what's hurting him. That's what's hurting him.
  • Same play on the baseline-- scores.
  • You cannot sit back and watch.
  • Dru: WE JUST STARTED UNRAVELING.
  • - Announcer #2: On the baseline now... -( whistle tweets )
  • Wyrick had a block from behind.
  • If that's on Romeo Travis, he just fouled out of the game.
  • Travis beside himself.
  • And Travis has fouled out of the game.
  • Dru: WE'RE IN THE BACK SEAT RIGHT NOW.
  • WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING.
  • Under a minute and a half to go.
  • LeBron James glides to the baseline,
  • goes airborne and finishes with a big-time flourish.
  • Commentator: Whoo! That was definitely big-time there.
  • Working out Wyrick into the lane.
  • They kick it back to Dru Joyce--
  • had it knocked away from behind.
  • Roger Bacon with the loose ball.
  • It's Frank Phillips on the solo to the glass.
  • The lead stands at three with 22 seconds left.
  • 66-63, Cincinnati Roger Bacon.
  • Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary with the basketball
  • with 17 seconds left in the game.
  • Scoring time, lower right of your screen.
  • Mraz throws up for the tie-- no good!
  • - Hausfeld on the rebound. - ( whistle tweets )
  • With nine seconds left, a foul is called.
  • A technical foul has now been called
  • on Akron's St. Vincent- St. Mary's Dru Joyce--
  • the player Dru Joyce--
  • who disgustedly fires the basketball
  • at the basket after the foul was called.
  • Dru Joyce has just been hit with a technical foul.
  • The key to this is now, after the free throws
  • Roger Bacon gets the basketball.
  • Commentator: Well, for all intents and purposes that put
  • the nail in the coffin, I think, for St. V.
  • Announcer: A lack of composure down the stretch
  • has hurt Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary
  • At the line will be Josh Hausfeld.
  • - ( crowd cheering ) - Announcer: Cincinnati's Roger Bacon has upset
  • Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary and won the Division II State Championship.
  • The first loss to a team from the state of Ohio
  • since the 1998-1999 season.
  • Cincinnati's Roger Bacon is the Division II State Champions.
  • ( cheering fades )
  • ( silent )
  • ( door creaks )
  • Coach: I NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE A BASKETBALL COACH.
  • I GREW UP PLAYING FOOTBALL
  • AND IF IT WAS GOING TO BE ANYTHING COACHING-WISE,
  • IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOOTBALL.
  • THE WAY I APPROACH BASKETBALL,
  • ONCE I UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS IS WHAT DRU WANTED TO DO,
  • WAS TO GIVE HIM THE BEST THAT I COULD GIVE HIM.
  • AND HONESTLY, MY KNOWLEDGE OF BASKETBALL WAS NOT GREAT.
  • I THINK THAT I'VE LEARNED IN A NON-TRADITIONAL WAY.
  • I'M A LOT OLDER GETTING STARTED DOING THIS
  • BECAUSE I WAS JUST A DAD, YOU KNOW, HONESTLY,
  • HELPING OUT MY SON.
  • INTERSPERSED IN HERE ARE BOOKS FROM DIFFERENT AUTHORS.
  • KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, HE WROTE A BOOK. I GOT HIS BOOK.
  • "GREAT QUOTES," I USE THAT ALL THE TIME WITH THE GUYS.
  • THESE ARE ALL THE VIDEOS.
  • THAT'S HOW I'VE LEARNED THE GAMES
  • AND GROWN AS A COACH.
  • UH, THIS IS WHERE I SPENT A LOT OF TIME.
  • YOU KEEP LEARNING. YOU DON'T EVER STOP LEARNING.
  • AND I'M COMMITTED TO NEVER STOPPING TO LEARN.
  • AS LONG AS I COACH, I'M GONNA KEEP LEARNING.
  • I WANT THEM TO BE THE BEST. AND FOR THEM TO BE THE BEST,
  • I FEEL LIKE I HAD TO TRY TO BE THE BEST.
  • ( whistle blows )
  • Announcer: Uh-oh, Romeo Travis reaches around
  • Bobby Sinclair and picks off his fourth
  • personal foul so the two-headed monster down to...
  • Dru: MY DAD TOOK THE LOSS REAL HARD. I MEAN,
  • A LOT OF ARTICLES AND REPORTERS REALLY LET HIM HAVE IT.
  • Coach: THERE WAS AN ARTICLE WRITTEN
  • AFTER THE LOSS OF THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • AND HE WROTE WHEN THE TEAM NEEDED ME MOST
  • I WASN'T THERE.
  • Man: YOU'VE GOT TO CULTIVATE YOUR DREAMS.
  • WE CAN ONLY DO THAT BY BEING DREAMERS OURSELVES
  • AND MODELING FOR MEN WHAT DREAMS LOOK LIKE.
  • ( applause )
  • YOU'VE GOT CHOICE AND YOUR CHOICE HAS IMPACT UPON YOUR DIRECTION.
  • AND IF YOU DON'T USE YOUR CHOICE, DON'T BLAME GOD,
  • DON'T BLAME THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU. DON'T BLAME YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • YOU CAN USE YOUR CHOICE.
  • YOU CAN EXERCISE YOUR...
  • SHOOT, I'M GONNA PREACH YOU SOMETHING RIGHT IN HERE TODAY.
  • Coach: AFTER THE SEASON, I THOUGHT ABOUT IT.
  • I RECOGNIZED THAT
  • I HAD GOTTEN CAUGHT UP, YOU KNOW,
  • AND LOST THAT PERSPECTIVE.
  • MY JOB WASN'T ABOUT BASKETBALL.
  • IT WAS ABOUT HELPING THEM BECOME MEN.
  • AND I GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE WINNING AND THE LOSING,
  • AND I FORGOT REALLY
  • WHAT I WAS THERE FOR.
  • Coach: I'M GOING TO DO WHAT I BELIEVE GOD SENT ME HERE TO DO.
  • AND THAT'S TO BUILD SOME CHARACTER IN YOU GUYS.
  • YOU CAN GET ONBOARD WITH ME AND RUN WITH ME,
  • OR YOU DON'T HAVE TO, BUT THIS IS THE DIRECTION I'M TAKING THE TEAM.
  • THEY JUST RECOMMITTED THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW,
  • TO THE GAME AND TO EACH OTHER.
  • - FOR THAT-- - OKAY.
  • Lee: THEY LOOKED AT IT AND THEY HAD A RESOLVE--
  • "WE'RE NOT LOSING ANYMORE."
  • ♪ OKAY, OOOH, OOOH, OOOH ♪
  • ♪ IT'S LIKE A VIBRANT THING L.B., G.I. ♪
  • ♪ ONE FAM, OH MY ♪
  • - RIGHT HERE. - YEAH, COME ON.
  • ♪ WHOO! OH, YEAH! ♪
  • COME ON, OVER TO THIS LINE.
  • ♪ OKAY, NOW I'M IN THE SPOT WHERE I WANT TO BE ♪
  • ♪ MONEY SPENT, GETTING BENT, CHICKS IN FRONT OF ME ♪
  • ♪ JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT, HONEYS TURNING SOMETHING ♪
  • ♪ I GOT A SEAT UP IN THE CUT AND I'M BURNING SOMETHING ♪
  • ♪ BOOTIES DANCING ROUND A -- AND I'M KILLING ONE ♪
  • ♪ FROM THE TOP OF THE STASH AND I'M FEELING BUNS ♪
  • ♪ PLUS I'M DOWN LOW AT THE TABLE, I'M -- WITH THIS CHICK ♪
  • ♪ WITH A PHAT FANNY AND A RING UP IN HER NAVEL ♪
  • ♪ DANCES AROUND, SHE STRUTS... ♪
  • LeBron: GOING INTO SENIOR SEASON, I STARTED THINKING
  • "HOW AM I GONNA SET OUR TEAM UP THE RIGHT WAY TO WIN IT NEXT YEAR?"
  • IT WAS AN EYE-OPENER FOR ME
  • ON ME BEING A LEADER THAT I WANTED TO BE FOR OUR TEAM.
  • Willie: I REMEMBER SITTING IN AN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT CLASS
  • WITH SIAN AND 'BRON, LIKE, "MAN,
  • THIS IS OUR LAST YEAR. WE HAVE TO WIN.
  • I'M DOING WHATEVER COACH DRU SAY.
  • IF ANYBODY SAY SOMETHING TO HIM,
  • I'M GETTING ON THEM." YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?
  • Dru: WE COULDN'T GET PAST THAT FATHER-SON PART
  • INTO COACH-AND-PLAYER PART. I JUST HANDLED IT TERRIBLY.
  • I JUST BEEN TRYING TO LISTEN TO EVERYTHING
  • HE HAS TO SAY 'CAUSE I KNOW EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT THINK I'M RIGHT,
  • HE'S THE COACH. I CAN'T LOOK AT IT AS THAT FATHER-SON THING.
  • I CAN'T BRING THAT INTO THE TABLE.
  • IF WE'RE GOING TO BE THE BEST,
  • WE HAVE TO BEAT THE BEST. AND THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN
  • BEAT THE BEST IS IF YOU PUT THEM ON THE SCHEDULE AND PLAY THEM.
  • WE WERE RANKED 23.
  • WE TOOK THAT AS A SIGN OF DISRESPECT.
  • WE WERE COMMITTED TO PROVING THEM WRONG.
  • IT WAS GOING TO BE THE LAST TIME WE PLAYED TOGETHER. THAT'S WHAT MADE IT SO IMPORTANT.
  • LeBron: THIS WAS OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO DO
  • WHAT WE'D BEEN DREAMING ABOUT SINCE THE FIFTH GRADE.
  • IT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE WILLIE HAD BEEN-- HE'D BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH.
  • BUT I RECOGNIZED THAT FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM
  • THAT COREY HAD TO START.
  • Illya McGee: I THINK HE'S LIKE FIFTH GRADE.
  • "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE FUTURE?"
  • "A BASKETBALL PLAYER IN THE NBA."
  • "IF YOU HAD ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD IT BE?"
  • "FOR MY FUTURE TO COME TRUE."
  • Willie: I LOOKED UP TO HIM AND EVERYTHING--
  • A PERSON I COULD TALK TO, I WANTED TO BE A POINT GUARD JUST LIKE HIM.
  • GROWING UP IN CHICAGO, MY MOTHER AND FATHER
  • WERE GOING THROUGH THINGS AT THE TIME.
  • MY SISTER WAS TAKING CARE OF ME AT THE TIME PRIMARILY.
  • Illya: WILLIE SAW A FAMILY PRETTY MUCH BE STIFLED BY DRUGS
  • AND ALCOHOL AND JAIL AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
  • HE WAS STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL, UM...
  • SELF-ESTEEM WAS REALLY LOW.
  • MY SISTER FELT LIKE I NEEDED A MALE INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE.
  • WILLIE MOVED FROM CHICAGO
  • IN HERE-- MOVED WITH HIS BROTHER WHO WAS STILL, YOU KNOW,
  • FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE, IT WAS KIND OF TOUGH ON WILLIE.
  • Illya: WILLIE WAS THE YOUNGEST CHILD IN THE FAMILY AT THAT TIME.
  • SO IT WAS EMOTIONAL.
  • I REMEMBER THE WEEKEND BEFORE I LEFT, MY SISTER
  • TAKING ME TO GO WASH ALL MY CLOTHES SO I'D HAVE STUFF CLEAN.
  • SHE FOLDED ALL MY STUFF, PUT IT IN A TRASH BAG.
  • AND I REMEMBER WAKING UP EARLY THAT MORNING,
  • BEING EXCITED TO GO. AND THEN HER BEING THERE,
  • YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE ALL MY CLOTHES WAS THERE,
  • YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? DRIVING OFF WITH HER BEING IN THE REAR VIEW.
  • THAT WAS REAL HARD.
  • Illya: VICKI AND I WAS PROBABLY MAYBE ABOUT 22, 23
  • WHEN HE CAME UP HERE AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS HARD.
  • WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY,
  • YOU KNOW, WE WERE COLLEGE STUDENTS,
  • AND TO BRING A CHILD INTO OUR LIVES,
  • YOU JUST COULDN'T DO SOME OF THE THINGS
  • THAT A 22-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT WOULD DO.
  • WE HAD TO STAY HOME SOME NIGHTS WHEN MY FRIENDS OR HERS
  • INVITED US OUT. OR WE HAD TO FIND A BABYSITTER
  • OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • Vicki: Well, Will, what you think?
  • I like it.
  • Were you surprised?
  • Yes.
  • Illya: GOING INTO HIGH SCHOOL,
  • HE WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP ATHLETES IN THE CITY.
  • Willie: FRESHMAN YEAR PLAYING FOOTBALL, I DISLOCATED MY SHOULDER.
  • EVER SINCE THEN I FELT LIKE MY BASKETBALL GAME WASN'T THE SAME.
  • HE LOST HIS TOUCH, YOU KNOW. IT JUST--
  • HE COULD NEVER GET REALLY FULLY IN SHAPE.
  • HE WAS JUST-- I THINK THAT SHOULDER JUST REALLY DID HIM WRONG.
  • I FELT HIS PAIN-- AS AN ATHLETE,
  • AS A BIG BROTHER, AS A FATHER FIGURE.
  • YOU KNOW, THE PASSION THAT HE HAS,
  • AND TO SEE SOMETHING TAKEN FROM HIM,
  • THAT PROBABLY WAS THE HARDEST TIME IN HIS LIFE.
  • Willie: IT HURT A LOT. IT REALLY DID, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?
  • BUT YOU CAN MAKE OPPORTUNITY HAPPEN WHEREVER.
  • I DEFINITELY LEARNED A LOT FROM MY BROTHER ABOUT SACRIFICE.
  • I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT HE HAD TO GO THROUGH FOR ME TO BE THERE.
  • I THINK IN ORDER FOR YOU TO EXCEL AND ACHIEVE,
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE SACRIFICES.
  • AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU REALLY LOVE AND YOU CARE FOR PEOPLE AROUND YOU,
  • YOU KNOW, YOU SACRIFICE FOR THEM AS WELL AS YOURSELF.
  • WHEN WILLIE DIDN'T START,
  • HE COULD HAVE CRIED AND BITCHED ABOUT IT,
  • BUT HE DIDN'T. HE CAME OFF THE BENCH FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE TEAM.
  • AND WHEN I SEEN THAT, I REALIZED IT WAS SOMETHING BIGGER THAN INDIVIDUALS,
  • IT WAS SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ALL OF US.
  • TODAY IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST,
  • MOST PIVOTAL TIMES OF OUR LIFE RIGHT NOW.
  • ONE LINK BREAKS, EVERYTHING FALLS APART.
  • YOU CAN'T RIDE A BIKE WITH NO CHAIN, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
  • THINK OF IT AS A "WE," A UNIT.
  • I WANTED TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING
  • BESIDES BASKETBALL.
  • YOU KNOW, THOSE GUYS WERE FRIENDS OUTSIDE OF BASKETBALL.
  • HUNG OUT ALL THE TIME, YOU KNOW.
  • NO MATTER HOW YOU'D THINK ABOUT IT, YOU WANTED TO BE A PART--
  • THAT CATALYST, THAT LEADER,
  • THAT PERSON THAT YOU CAN LEAN ON, CONFIDE IN AND TALK TO.
  • Sian: BUT I THINK ONCE YOU FELT THE LOVE THAT WE ALL HAVE FOR EACH OTHER,
  • I THINK THAT WAS BIGGER THAN BEING SELFISH.
  • SO THE FAB FOUR, WE GOT TOGETHER
  • AND DECIDED THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE IT THE FAB FIVE.
  • Dru: SENIOR YEAR SAW FIVE OF US, HANDS ON EACH OTHERS' SHOULDERS,
  • NOTHING COULD STAND IN OUR WAY, NOTHING WAS GOING TO SEPARATE US.
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • Announcer: attracted a crowd of 10,000
  • here tonight, but it's not just any high school game,
  • it's phenom LeBron James
  • against the number-ranked team in the country-- Oak Hill.
  • Windhorst: BASKETBALL FACTORY.
  • IT'S WHERE KIDS GO TO BECOME MAJOR COLLEGE STARS AND PROS.
  • SO TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEAT THEM IS LIKE TO BEAT A NATIONAL ALL-STAR TEAM.
  • THE STAKES OF THAT GAME WERE MASSIVE.
  • DICK VITALE AND BILL WALTON CAME IN TO DO THE GAME.
  • I MEAN, IT WAS TREATED LIKE IT WAS A DUKE-NORTH CAROLINA GAME.
  • THERE WAS SO MUCH PRESSURE TO SEE WHAT THIS KID AND THIS TEAM HAD.
  • Announcer: How good is LeBron James?
  • Simply put, Dan, LeBron James
  • is the best high school I have ever seen.
  • And I think as a 17-year-old,
  • he's better than Kobe Bryant was at the same age.
  • Sian: WE FELT LIKE, IN ORDER TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP,
  • WE HAD TO BEAT OAK HILL.
  • For LeBron James, as great as he is, this is the best high school team
  • in the country, some of the best competition he's ever faced.
  • Coach: LIKE AN OAK HILL--M
  • GREAT PLAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY--
  • WELL, I GOT A GROUP OF KIDS A NEIGHBORHOOD.CH,
  • ♪ WE READY... ♪
  • WHAT WHAT?
  • ♪ WE READY... ♪
  • ♪ WE READY, AND WE SO SQUAD... ♪
  • THAT WAS OUR CHANT BEFORE THE GAMES, BEFORE WE CAME OUT.
  • AND IT WAS LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT THE SAME TEAM
  • THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR.
  • ♪ WE READY ♪
  • ♪ AND WE SO SQUAD... ♪
  • "WE SO SQUAD" BECAUSE IT'S ALL OF US TOGETHER.
  • - WHAT WHAT? - Dru: WE WASN'T HERE FOR NO FUN AND GAMES.
  • IT WAS SERIOUS. WE WAS BUSINESSLIKE.
  • AND EXACTLY WHAT THE SONG SAY, "WE READY."
  • - ( Dick Vitale speaking ) - Stolen by Brandon Weems.
  • Vitale: Uh-oh... uh-oh.
  • I THINK THAT WAS THE FIRST PILLAR OF OUR SEASON
  • THAT LET US KNOW THAT WE COULD MAKE A RUN AT THIS WHOLE THING.
  • Morgan: THEY ONLY PLAYED LIKE MAYBE THREE OR FOUR OHIO TEAMS.
  • FORGET ABOUT THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUSES.
  • THEY'RE GOING AND FLYING TO THEIR GAMES.T
  • - ONE, TWO, THREE. - ( team chants )
  • Dick Vitale: Are you serious? Are you serious?
  • Are you serious?
  • WE WEREN'T JUST BEATING TEAMS, WE WERE DISMANTLING THEM.
  • LeBron: PLAYING THE BEST BASKETBALL OF OUR LIVES.
  • BY FAR.
  • Dru: THERE WAS NO COMPLACENCY WITH US.
  • WE WOULD WIN THE ONE GAME THEN IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT.
  • Announcer: Count the basket!
  • Vitale: LeBron James!
  • LeBron: WE WENT TO PHILLY TO PLAY STRAWBERRY MANSION,
  • WHICH WAS THE BEST TEAM IN PHILLY,
  • HAD THE BEST SCORER IN PHILADELPHIA--SKETBALL
  • MORE THAN WILT CHAMBERLAIN.
  • And we dominated them.
  • LeBron: WE PLAYED THE BEST TEAM IN NORTH CAROLINA.
  • BLEW THEM OUT.
  • WE WERE WINNING THE WAY WE WERE SUPPOSED TO WIN. WE WERE WINNING BY DEFENSE.
  • LeBron: My teammates is like my brothers.
  • and, you know, the coach is like my brother.
  • You know, we all a big family.
  • Teammate: Let's take it to them off-white velours you've got on.
  • Sian: Oh, these white as day.
  • Er... yesterday.
  • ( laughing )
  • Interviewer: IT SEEMS LIKE MORE GUYS ARE GETTING INTO THE MIX.
  • WELL, YEAH, THERE'S A CHEMISTRY HERE THAT, HONESTLY, LAST YEAR WE DIDN'T HAVE.
  • AND THEN THERE'S A COMMITMENT HERE TO DEFEND.
  • LeBron: WE WON BECAUSE WE WERE TOGETHER.
  • WE WON BECAUSE WE RESPECTED COACH DRU AS A COACH,
  • AS A MENTOR, AS A LEADER.
  • AND WE HAD ONE GOAL AND THAT WAS TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • AND WE WOULDN'T LET NOTHING STAND IN OUR WAY.
  • Announcer: to the West Coastgs his act
  • as St. Vincent-St. Mary of Akron, Ohio,
  • takes on a powerhouse from Santa Ana, California,
  • number four Mater Dei in Los Angeles.Pavilion
  • Bill Walton: at stake in this game.
  • The winning team will be ranking in the country.one
  • Now, Dan, the Irish are to do it todayfind a way
  • without Sian Cotton, one of their strong inside forces.
  • Undefeated on the season, without him they're a different team.
  • Sian: WHEN I WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD, MY DAD TOLD ME,
  • "IF YOU DON'T GET A SCHOLARSHIP, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO COLLEGE."
  • L.C. Cotton: LEE COTTON JUNIOR'S SON,
  • WE COULDN'T GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT SOMEBODY RECOGNIZING OUR DAD
  • AND SOMEBODY TELLING US, AT SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL,"Y
  • AND "LISTEN TO WHAT HE HAS TO TELL YOU."
  • SO WE ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE OUR DAD PROUD,
  • ESPECIALLY HE'S THE ONE WHO TAUGHT US HOW TO PLAY.
  • Lee: SIAN REALLY LOOKED UP TO HIM A LOT
  • AND COPIED A LOT OF THINGS THAT L.C. DID,
  • YOU KNOW, WANTED TO BE LIKE L.C.
  • Sian: WE STARTED TAKING DANCE WHEN I WAS... FOUR, PROBABLY.
  • I MEAN, I LIKED IT.
  • HE WAS A BALLERINA.
  • Debra Cotton: TO GROW A MUSTACHE,STARTED
  • SIAN WENT IN THE BATHROOM, GOT SOME EYELINER
  • AND PAINTED A MUSTACHE ON HIMSELF
  • SO HE COULD HAVE A MUSTACHE LIKE HIS BROTHER.
  • Sian: GROWING UP, HE WAS MORE THAN A BROTHER,
  • HE WAS MY TEACHER TOO.
  • A LOT OF THE BELIEFS I HAVE NOW, HE INSTALLED IN ME.
  • YOU KNOW, SPORTS WAS MORE THAN JUST A GAME.
  • IT WAS SOMETHING THAT TAUGHT YOU HOW TO BE A MAN.
  • I WAS HARD ON HIM BECAUSE AT AN EARLY AGE
  • I REALIZED HE WAS BETTER THAN I WAS.
  • Lee: L.C., AS MORE OF A LEADER,
  • WAS ABLE TO GIVE SIAN SOME DIRECTION.
  • L.C.: ONCE HE STARTED SEEING HOW HIS BASKETBALL SKILLS
  • TIED INTO HIS FOOTBALL SKILLS,
  • HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, "THIS FOOTBALL THING IS ME."
  • I SAID, "I KNOW, SO WE GONNA DO IT."
  • Hello, everybody, a big day
  • for a big name in local high school football.
  • Sian Cotton was named a US Army All-American Player.
  • He's one of just 78 high school players
  • across the country to be selected.
  • With that honor comes an invite to play in the All-American Bowl.
  • And the defensive lineman...
  • Sian: THE FOOTBALL GAME WAS THE SAME WEEKEND
  • WE WERE SET TO PLAY MATER DEI.
  • I FELT LIKE I DIDN'T WANT TO LET MY TEAMMATES DOWN,
  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME I DIDN'T WANT TO LET MY FAMILY DOWN.
  • Romeo: WE NEEDED SIAN OUT THERE.
  • WE COULDN'T LOSE-- WE COULDN'T AFFORD TO LOSE.
  • IF WE LOST, IT WAS OVER. OUR DREAM WAS DOWN THE TOILET.
  • L.C.: I TOLD HIM THIS RIGHT HERE IS ALL ABOUT
  • YOU, ME, AND MY MOM AND MY DAD.
  • L HELPED ME REALIZE IT WAS MORE THAN JUST ME PLAYING FOOTBALL.
  • IT WAS MY TICKET TO GO TO COLLEGE.
  • LeBron: SO NOW WE'RE MISSING ONE OF OUR KEY GUYS,
  • WILLIE IS PUT INTO A POSITION
  • WHERE HE HAS TO PLAY AND START.
  • MATER DEI IS BASICALLY THE SAME TEAM THAT WE HAD LOST TO IN EIGHTH GRADE.
  • Announcer: players played against James
  • in an AAU tournament were eighth graders. they
  • Walton: back in OrlandoeBron
  • in the 14-and-under AAU Championship.
  • Dru: IF THEY REMEMBER IT,
  • BUT I KNOW EVERYBODY ON MY TEAM DEFINITELY DID.
  • LIKE WE AIN'T FORGETTIN' NOT ONE OF THOSE FACES.
  • IT WAS BASICALLY LIKE ON OUR LOCKER-ROOM DOOR.
  • LeBron: WE WANTED THIS GAME MORE THAN ANYTHING.
  • ( rock music playing )
  • Announcer: things down a little bit.
  • His coach, his dad.
  • Joyce misses a three, now a runout
  • for Mater Dei and the slam by Marcel Jones,
  • the 6'11"-- 6'7" rather, junior.
  • Commentator: can score a lot of points.
  • Announcer: has it blocked.ry--
  • ♪ LISTEN! ♪
  • Here's James-- look at the pass!
  • ♪ I AM ROCK, IT AIN'T NO BREAKIN' ME... ♪
  • Showtime early for LeBron James.
  • ♪ I AM ROCK, IT AIN'T NO EARTHQUAKE, IT'S ME ♪
  • ♪ I AM ROCK, I AM ROCK, I AM ROCK ♪
  • ♪ IT AIN'T NO BREAKIN' ME, I AM ROCK... ♪
  • Jumper, yes.
  • ♪ THAT AIN'T NO EARTHQUAKE, IT'S ME ♪
  • ♪ I AM ROCK, I AM ROCK, I AM ROCK... ♪
  • Corey Jones--
  • same spot, same result!
  • ♪ IN MY SHOES, MY BOOTS, MY KICKS... ♪
  • James gets the ball inside, triple-teamed.
  • Walton: What a pass!
  • James...
  • McGee with a put-back.
  • - ( groans ) on Mater Dei...down
  • - ( buzzer sounds ) and St. Vincent-St. Mary
  • of Akron, Ohio remain undefeated.
  • They pick up their third win over a top-10 team
  • already this season...
  • Dru: WHEN WE WON THAT GAME, IT FELT LIKE I HAD SOME REVENGE.
  • IT FELT LIKE I COULD CLOSE THE BOOK ON THAT DEAL.
  • ♪ I AM ROCK! ♪
  • SEEING WHAT WE HAD ACCOMPLISHED FROM A FEW MONTHS AGO,
  • BEING RANKED 23rd,
  • OR YEARS AGO WHEN WE WEREN'T RANKED AT ALL,
  • OR EVEN MORE YEARS AGO WHEN WE WEREN'T MENTIONED.
  • THE DAY IT CAME OUT
  • AND WE SEEN THAT ST. VIN AND ST. MARY
  • WAS NUMBER ONE IN THE COUNTRY,
  • WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
  • ( funk music playing )
  • ♪ YEAH YEAH YEAH ♪
  • ♪ LIL, MA ♪
  • ♪ OH YEAH ♪
  • ♪ COME ON, COME ON, UHH ♪
  • ♪ LIVING IT UP, LIVING IT UP, UHH ♪
  • ♪ TO EVERYBODY THAT BE LIVING IT UP, WE SAY ♪
  • ♪ LIVING IT UP, LIVING IT UP, UHH ♪
  • ♪ COME ON! ♪
  • ♪ BABY, THIS AIN'T YOUR TYPICAL EVERYDAY ONE-NIGHT THING ♪
  • ♪ IT'S A PHYSICAL, I'M-A LOVE YOU TONIGHT THING ♪
  • ♪ LOVE'S CALLING YOUR NAME, PUT YOUR PHONE IN THE RING ♪
  • ♪ AND ROLL OVER, I JUST REALLY WANTED TO HOLD YOU ♪
  • ♪ TAKE TIME, GET TO KNOW YOU, THAT'S A GOOD CHICK ♪
  • ♪ BEFORE IT'S ALL OVER, I'M-A LEAVE THIS CHICK ♪
  • ♪ IF I COULD TREAT THIS CHICK MO' BETTER ♪
  • ♪ 'CAUSE IF YOU WAIT, YO, GIRL, THEY'RE ALWAYS THAT WAY ♪
  • ♪ I DO, I DO... ♪
  • Donald L. Plusquellic: AN ALL-AMERICAN CITY,
  • BUT THERE ISN'T A PERSON OR AN ORGANIZATION
  • THAT'S PUT AKRON ON THE MAP BASKETBALL TEAM...T. MARY'S
  • - ( cheering ) - ♪ DO, I DO ♪
  • ♪ AND ALL THE LADIES THAT BE GIVING IT UP ♪
  • ♪ FOR LOVE... ♪
  • Interviewer: bull's-eye's on your back
  • because you guys are number one in the nation
  • or is that something you don't even think about before games?
  • We've been a bull's-eye since sixth grade
  • and every time we go out there, we're the number-one team in the country
  • everyone wants to knock us off.
  • Windhorst: IT WAS A VERY CRITICAL EYE
  • BEING TOWARDS LeBRON AT THAT TIME.
  • HE HAD GONE PAST THE AWE STAGE
  • AND HE'D GONE TO THE FULL-BLOWN CELEBRITY STAGE,
  • WHICH IS WHERE FANS
  • AND MEDIA ARE LOOKING FOR FLAWS.
  • Reporter: team take to the court tonight
  • but there's a lot of attention in the parking lot.s maybe
  • Anchorman: Ohio state high school officials are determining
  • whether James has forfeited his amateur status
  • by accepting a $50,000 vehicle.
  • Morgan: IN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING,UP
  • SO HOW DID THEY COME UP WITH THE MONEY
  • to pay for a $55,000 vehicle?
  • Check out this baby, huh? It kind of looks like LeBron's vehicle, doesn't it?
  • Morgan: THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT SAY "HEY,
  • WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THESE AFFLUENT KIDS
  • WHOSE PARENTS BUY THEM MERCEDES?" YOU KNOW.
  • IT COULD GO BOTH WAYS, BUT HIS MOM WAS GRANTED A LOAN
  • UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT MONEY WOULD BE PAID BACK,
  • WHICH, YOU KNOW, THEY WEREN'T WORRIED ABOUT.
  • Windhorst: IT WAS A LEGITIMATE PURCHASE.
  • BUT IT WAS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
  • TO CRITICIZE LeBRON TO HAVE SOMETHING TO LATCH ONTO.
  • Morgan: WE LOVE TO BUILD PEOPLE UP,
  • BUT WHEN THE STORY GETS TOO STALE,
  • WE KIND OF DIG A LITTLE BIT DEEPER SO WE CAN GET STORIES
  • THAT PEOPLE WILL BE INTERESTED IN AGAIN.
  • HOW DOES HE HAVE TWO CELL PHONES WHEN HIS MOM DOESN'T HAVE A JOB, HE DOESN'T HAVE A JOB?
  • ARE YOU EVEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE ELIGIBILITY ISSUE?
  • THIS PRO LIFESTYLE, HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR TEAMMATES?
  • EVEN PEOPLE IN AKRON WANT YOU TO LOSE, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
  • Coach: WHENEVER YOU'RE ON A PEDESTAL,
  • THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SURROUNDING YOU ARE CHEERING...
  • Man: HEY, LeBRON! HOW ABOUT A RIDE IN THAT HUMMER?
  • ...BUT THERE'S A WHOLE LOT WHO WANT TO SEE YOU FALL TOO.
  • YOU JERK.
  • ( crowd booing )
  • Coach: I SAID TO 'BRON ONE THING,
  • I SAID, "ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEGATIVE PRESS?"
  • AND HE SAID, "YEAH, COACH DRU, I'M READY."
  • AND I LEFT IT AT THAT.
  • Newscaster: and cons of making a prep star
  • into a national icon.
  • James is prematurely on his fame.
  • When did this madness begin?
  • Just how did it become too much too soon?
  • Windhorst: IT HAD GOTTEN TOO BIG.
  • TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE NOW SCRUTINIZING HIM,
  • THAT HE COULD BARELY BREATHE WITHOUT HAVING SOMEONE CHECK TO SEE,
  • "IS THIS GUY BREAKING THE RULES? IS HE LEGIT?"
  • IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE SYSTEM IN HIGH SCHOOL
  • WASN'T REALLY DESIGNED TO HANDLE.
  • ( program theme music plays )
  • Announcer: This is "SportsCenter."
  • LeBron James is ineligible
  • to play for the rest of his high school season.
  • Declared such Friday afternoon by the Ohio governing body
  • over two retro jerseys he accepted from a Cleveland store.
  • Morgan: HE HAD TAKEN A JERSEY FROM SOMEONE HE KNEW AS A GIFT.
  • Windhorst: ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
  • WAS FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • THEY HAD THIS INCREDIBLE PLAYER HOW TO HANDLELLY DIDN'T KNOW
  • WHO LOOKED LIKE HE WAS OBVIOUSLY BENEFITTING FROM HIS FAME.
  • AND I THINK THEY JUST GOT SORT OF SICK
  • OF ALL THE COMPLAINTS FROM THE MEMBER SCHOOLS
  • AND FELT LIKE THEY HAD TO DO SOMETHING.
  • SO THEY JUST DECIDED TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION.
  • Clair Muscaro: My ruling is immediate.
  • This is an unusual situation.
  • And because we've had to address
  • so many issues surrounding him, to take a look at it. need
  • Windhorst: THERE WAS NO CHARTED TERRITORY FOR THIS.
  • THERE WAS BOXES OF SHOES ARRIVING AT HIS HOUSE DAILY,
  • AND FOR HIM TO BE IN TROUBLE OVER TWO JERSEYS
  • THAT HE GOT FROM A STORE WAS COMICAL.
  • He's no exception whether it's LeBron James
  • or Mary Jones or Pete Smith.
  • Reporter: St. Vincent-St. Mary right now is ranked
  • number one in the nation. Without LeBron James playing
  • Obviously they'll drop from that number one ranking.
  • They have five games left this season.
  • This is a team that has been very good the past few years.
  • They've gone to the state championship game in Ohio...
  • WHEN I HEARD THAT I WAS INELIGIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON...
  • I COULDN'T-- I COULDN'T THINK--
  • I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. I FELT--
  • THAT I HAD LET MY TEAMMATES DOWN.
  • Gloria James: LeBRON WAS STILL IN DIAPERS
  • GOING ON TWO YEARS OLD,
  • SO WE BOUGHT HIM A LITTLE TIKES BASKETBALL HOOP.
  • FROM THEN ON HE HAD TO HAVE IT AT THE HIGHEST HEIGHT.
  • AND HE WAS DUNKING ON IT THEN.
  • LeBron: SHE WAS 16 WHEN SHE HAD ME.
  • THE FATHER FIGURE THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR
  • WASN'T NEVER THERE. EVER.
  • YOUR MOM RAISED YOU PRETTY MUCH BY HERSELF,
  • WAS A TEENAGE MOTHER, UNMARRIED.
  • FIRST OF ALL, DO YOU KNOW YOUR BIOLOGICAL FATHER'S WHEREABOUTS?
  • NO, NOT REALLY.
  • BUT I'M NOT REALLY EVEN CONCENTRATING ON THAT,
  • BECAUSE I REALLY HAVE MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER ALL TIED UP IN ONE.
  • THAT'S GLORIA JAMES.
  • AT THIS POINT, I DON'T REALLY NEED NOBODY ELSE.
  • THE ONLY THING THAT DIDN'T HELP, OF COURSE,
  • WAS ME, I KEPT GROWING EVERY SO OFTEN.
  • SHE HAD TO KEEP THROWING CLOTHES AWAY AND BUYING NEW ONES.
  • THAT DIDN'T HELP. ( laughs )
  • SO I JUST BOUGHT CLOTHES BIGGER TO BEGIN WITH.
  • HE JUST ROLLED 'EM UP,
  • THROW A FEW CUFFS IN THEM.
  • GIVE HIM TIME TO GROW INTO 'EM.
  • LeBron: IT WAS CONSTANTLY ON THE MOVE FOR US
  • FROM FIVE YEARS OLD TILL EIGHT.
  • WE PROBABLY MOVED 10, 12 TIMES
  • IN THREE YEARS, FOUR OR FIVE SCHOOLS.
  • WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY DEFINITE PLACE TO RESIDE AT.
  • WE DIDN'T KNOW IF WE WERE GONNA HAVE
  • SOMEWHERE TO SLEEP THE FOLLOWING NIGHT.
  • THE HARDEST THING FOR ME WAS TO MEET NEW FRIENDS,
  • GOING TO NEW SCHOOLS ALL THE TIME.
  • FINALLY GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS
  • AT ONE SCHOOL AND THEN HAVING TO LEAVE.
  • Gloria: HE DIDN'T HAVE A NORMAL CHILDHOOD.
  • I MEAN, HELL, HE DONE LIVED IN SOME
  • OF THE WORST PROJECTS IN TOWN.
  • YOU DEFINITELY SEE THINGS AT A YOUNG AGE
  • THAT YOU DON'T NEVER WANT YOUR KIDS TO SEE--
  • YOU KNOW, VIOLENCE, DRUG ABUSE AND POLICE SIRENS.
  • IT DIDN'T MATTER WHERE WE WERE.
  • BEING WITH MY MOTHER WAS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERED.
  • Gloria: I BELIEVE WE BECAME
  • EVEN CLOSER THAN THE NORMAL PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP
  • DUE TO OUR CIRCUMSTANCES--
  • AND ENDURING THEM TOGETHER, GOING THROUGH THEM TOGETHER.
  • I DON'T KNOW.
  • LeBron: I NEVER COMPLAINED. NEVER.
  • WE WERE ALREADY GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES.
  • IT DOESN'T MAKE IT ANY BETTER IF I'M COMPLAINING.
  • MY MOTHER SAID IT WAS TIME TO GO,
  • I PACKED MY LITTLE BOOK BAG AND IT WAS TIME TO ROLL.
  • I REMEMBER MY MOTHER SITTING ME DOWN
  • AND BASICALLY TELLING ME, BECAUSE OF CERTAIN SITUATIONS,
  • THAT SHE MAY BE GONE FOR A LITTLE WHILE,
  • THAT I WAS GONNA BE LIVING WITH ONE OF MY COACHES.
  • IT WAS A CHALLENGE.
  • THAT'S ALL I CARED ABOUT WHEN I WAS GROWING UP--
  • IF I WAS GONNA BE ABLE TO WAKE UP
  • AND MY MOTHER WAS STILL ALIVE OR STILL BY MY SIDE.
  • THAT WAS-- BECAUSE I WAS ALREADY WITHOUT A FATHER,
  • AND I DIDN'T WANT TO BE WITHOUT BOTH OF MY PARENTS.
  • SO IT WAS DEFINITELY SCARY AND TOUGH.
  • THE THING THAT I HAD ON THE COURT
  • THAT I DIDN'T HAVE OFF THE COURT WAS SECURITY.
  • BECAUSE EVERY DAY WE WENT TO THE GYM,
  • I KNEW I WAS GONNA GET PICKED,
  • WE WERE GONNA WIN BASKETBALL GAMES
  • OR WE WERE GONNA WIN PICKUP GAMES.
  • I'VE ALWAYS SAID IT'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR ME.
  • Eddie Jackson: TO LeBRON KNOWSCLOSE
  • THAT BASKETBALL COURT BECOMES HIS SANCTUARY.
  • HE BLOCKS EVERYTHING OUT. OR WHATEVER.TUATION
  • WHEN HE'S ON THAT COURT,
  • THAT'S WHEN HE'S ACTUALLY AT PEACE AND AT EASE.
  • ( thunder rumbling )
  • ( rain pattering )
  • LeBron: GRADUALLY, MY MOTHER FOUND A PLACE.
  • - ( laughs ) - HEY.
  • LeBron: I HAD A PLACE TO SLEEP
  • AND I KNEW WE WEREN'T GOING ANYWHERE.
  • - ANYBODY HOME? - Gloria: NO, I FOOLED YOU.
  • SO THIS IS WHERE I ENDED UP MOVING TO.
  • I MOVED INTO THIS ROOM
  • AND IF YOU COULD JUST IMAGINE
  • JUST PHOTOS OF ALL THE NBA SUPERSTARS WAS ALL OVER THESE WALLS.
  • THIS WHOLE WALL WAS MICHAEL JORDAN PICTURES.
  • FROM RIGHT HERE WAS ALL ALLEN IVERSON. RIGHT HERE.
  • THIS WAS KOBE BRYANT'S WALL RIGHT HERE
  • FROM RIGHT HERE OVER.
  • THEN EVERYBODY ELSE I KINDA JUST FILLED IN.
  • IT WAS CRAZY TO SEE THAT THEY GOT EVERYTHING OUT OF HERE.
  • I PUT STAPLES ALL IN THE WALLS,
  • TAPE, DUCT TAPE-- ALL OVER THE WALLS.
  • IT'S KINDA FUNNY TO SEE THAT IT'S ALL GONE NOW.
  • IT WAS HOME. IT WAS FUNNY TO SEE
  • THAT EVERYBODY WANTED TO BE HERE.
  • YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY WANTED TO COME.
  • - I MEAN WHY HERE? - YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT THAT.
  • - ALL MY FRIENDS GOT HOUSES. - WE'RE IN LOW-INCOME HOUSES.
  • ALL MY FRIENDS GOT HOUSES,
  • BUT YOU LOOK OUTSIDE--
  • THEIR PARENTS ARE DROPPING THEM OFF HERE.
  • RIGHT HERE.
  • DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO LOCK THE DAMN DOOR.
  • JUST LEAVE IT UNLOCKED. JUST LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN.
  • 'CAUSE THEY WAS COMING.
  • Gloria: DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES HE HAD TO GROW UP IN--
  • MOVING, NO STABILITY WITH FRIENDSHIPS.
  • HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH SIAN, DRU, ROME, WILLIE
  • IS AS IMPORTANT AS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ME.
  • Dru: THERE'S ONE THING ABOUT 'BRON, HE LOVES PEOPLE AROUND HIM.
  • HE NEVER LIKED BEING BY HIMSELF.
  • WHEN HE FOUND US, HE FOUND HOMES,
  • HE FOUND FATHER FIGURES,
  • HE FOUND ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS
  • THAT HAPPENED TO HIM-- FRIENDSHIPS.
  • LeBron: ONCE I HAD THAT SECURITY FINALLY, WITH FRIENDS,
  • I'M AUTOMATICALLY LIKE
  • "THESE ARE THE GUYS I'M GONNA BE WITH.
  • NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, GONNA BE LOYAL TO. I'M
  • MORE THAN ANYBODY, THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, MY BROTHERS.
  • THESE ARE MY FOUR BEST FRIENDS.
  • Announcer: Finally, our next senior
  • - is LeBron James! - ( crowd cheering )
  • Coach: THEY GREW UP IN BASKETBALL TOGETHER,
  • SO THE LOVE THAT THEY SHARED FOR THE GAME
  • WAS BECAUSE OF ONE ANOTHER.
  • Everyone at St. Vincent- St. Mary today
  • beginning life without LeBron.
  • ( sneakers squeaking )
  • I REMEMBER, TO THIS DAY, GOING TO PRACTICE
  • AND I COULDN'T PRACTICE.
  • I WAS SITTING ON THE SIDELINE CRYING
  • THE WHOLE PRACTICE,
  • JUST BECAUSE I COULDN'T BE OUT THERE FOR MY TEAMMATES.
  • I KNEW THAT AT SOME POINT
  • THEY WERE GONNA NEED ME.
  • I WANTED TO BE THERE FOR THEM AND I COULDN'T.
  • Coach: HEY, THIS IS WHAT THE RULING IS SO FAR--
  • THAT LeBRON CAN'T PLAY THIS GAME.
  • I KNOW THAT HE WANTS WHAT YOU WANT,
  • AND HE WANTS YOU TO WIN.
  • HE WANTS YOU GUYS TO WIN FOR HIM.
  • AND FOR YOURSELVES AND TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE.
  • AND UNDERSTAND THAT HE LOVES THE GAME.
  • I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING--
  • HE'S GONNA BE THE BIGGEST CHEERLEADER IN THE CROWD.
  • - AMEN. - All: AMEN.
  • - Romeo: ONE, TWO, THREE... - All: TEAM.
  • - FOUR, FIVE, SIX. - All: WORK HARD.
  • Announcer: Live from the James A. Rhodes Arena,
  • on the campus of the University of Akron.
  • Welcome to Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary's
  • Fighting Irish Basketball.
  • My oh my, how things have changed.
  • A full house as usual for this Sunday afternoon game,
  • but it's electric for the wrong reason.
  • Commentator: situation was big news,
  • not only here but all around the country.
  • Windhorst: AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY TAXING
  • JUST BEFORE THEY EVEN PLAY THE GAME.
  • IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS IN THE PAPERS.
  • IT WAS ON SPORTSCENTER.
  • IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS A BIG BUILD UP
  • JUST TO SEE HOW THEY WOULD PERFORM WITHOUT HIM.
  • Coach: THE CLOCK'S ABOUT TO START, FELLAS.
  • LOOK, IT'S BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY.
  • IT'S NOT OVER.
  • I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE TIME
  • FOR US TO PACK IT IN.
  • I DON'T THINK YOU BELIEVE THAT.
  • BUT HEY, IF WE WERE EVER UNIFIED,
  • WE NEED TO BE EVEN MORE UNIFIED TODAY.
  • Man: Does your son out there today?nt
  • Of course he's different.
  • because an integral part of his team is missing.
  • My son is heartbroken for LeBron.
  • They all are. They're all hurting.
  • They're heartbroken right now.
  • Coach: THIS IS THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON.
  • THIS IS THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON,
  • BECAUSE TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED
  • AND THE PAST IS OVER.
  • THIS IS ALL WE'VE GOT-- IS RIGHT NOW.
  • LET'S TAKE CARE OF RIGHT NOW.
  • EVERYONE WANTS TO THINK OTHERWISE.
  • THIS IS A GREAT TEAM WITH A GREAT GREAT PLAYER,
  • BUT THIS IS A GREAT TEAM, ALL RIGHT?
  • THIS IS A GREAT TEAM AND DON'T YOU EVER
  • SELL YOURSELF SHORT OR BELIEVE THAT THIS ISN'T.
  • BUT HEY, I'M JUST SAYING WORDS.
  • YOU GUYS HAVE GOT TO DO IT ON THE FLOOR.
  • - ( clapping ) - Coach: PLAY HARD,
  • PLAY SMART AND HAVE FUN, ALL RIGHT?
  • ( boys cheer )
  • EVERYONE HAD TO STEP UP AND WE UNDERSTOOD THAT
  • THERE'S NO TEAM IN THE STATE OF OHIO
  • THAT'S BEEN IN MORE FINAL FOURS THAN CANTON McKINLEY.
  • Commentator: Nobody can carry this team.
  • The only guy who can carry this team
  • is wearing on the bench right now.ng
  • YOU KNOW, IT WAS TOUGH SEEING HIM ON THE BENCH
  • AND KNOWING THAT TOGETHER FOR SO LONG.
  • IT WASN'T USUAL, YOU KNOW?
  • WE WERE TOGETHER. WE WERE THE FAB FIVE,
  • SO IT WAS JUST TOUGH.
  • Commentator: to have a few problems
  • getting into sync here offensively.
  • Announcer: gets down lowy McKinley--
  • and they got the money, push it home.
  • Commentator: The Bulldogs are not intimidated
  • and that's got a to be a big concern right now for Dru Joyce the coach.
  • The Irish need to keep that heat on right now.
  • Whoa! Three-- oh!
  • Somebody's hot!
  • Romeo: THEY WEREN'T BACKING DOWN FOR ANYTHING,
  • SO WE COULD'VE LOST AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT.
  • Announcer: Nice move.to the hole.
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • Windhorst: AS A TEAM,AT AS THEY WERE
  • WHEN THE GOING GOT TOUGH, 23 GOT THE BALL.
  • IT WAS IMPORTANT TO US
  • THAT WE SHOW EVERYBODY THAT WE WERE A TEAM.
  • WE WEREN'T JUST A ONE-MAN SHOW.
  • Announcer: He's worried
  • about not letting the Bulldogs score.
  • Oh! Dru Joyce gets a big bucket for the Irish.
  • That's a big play right there.
  • Easy bucket!
  • WE HAD SOME ANIMOSITY TOO.
  • WHEN YOU SAT LeBRON DOWN,
  • YOU TOOK A SHOT AT THE TEAM.
  • Sian caught the rebound.
  • - 6.6 to go. Romeo wants the ball.
  • He's got it, and there's the game.
  • It's a 63-62 finale.
  • Oh, what a ball game.
  • Wahl: BASICALLY THOUGHT OF WERE
  • IN MOST CIRCLES AS LeBRON AND HIS SIDEKICKS.
  • IT SAID A LOT ABOUT ALL OF THEM
  • FOR PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY TO SAY,
  • "YOU KNOW WHAT? THESE GUYS ARE REALLY IMPRESSIVE,
  • AND NOT JUST THIS GUY."
  • You have to understand what this team's
  • been through this week.
  • They have withstood a whole lot.
  • There's been a lot of adversity.
  • They stood up and they met the challenge.
  • LeBron: AFTER WATCHING MY GUYS WIN THAT GAME,
  • IT MADE ME REALIZE I HAD TO DO WHATEVER I COULD
  • TO GET BACK ON THAT COURT.
  • Morgan: SO HE TOOK IT TO COURT
  • AND AFTER A JUDGE DECIDED THAT THE PUNISHMENT WAS TOO SEVERE,
  • LeBRON WAS REINSTATED.
  • LeBron: THERE'S NO ONE IN THE WORLD
  • THAT I WOULD RATHER PLAY WITH THAN THOSE FOUR GUYS.
  • ( birds chirping )
  • Coach: ON THE WEEK OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME,
  • IT'S THE LAST TIME I'M GONNA COACH MY SON.
  • IT'S THE LAST TIME I'LL COACH 'BRON,
  • ROMEO, DRU, WILLIE, SIAN.
  • YOU RECOGNIZE THAT. YOU UNDERSTAND
  • THAT NOT ONLY IS IT A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT RISK,
  • BUT ALSO A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • LeBron: NINE YEARS IN THE MAKING.
  • FROM FIFTH GRADE, WE ALL DREAMED ABOUT
  • BEING ABLE TO PLAY FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AND FAILED.
  • AND NOW, A FEW YEARS LATER,
  • WE HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT.
  • Willie: IT HIT US HARD DURING THAT TIME.
  • IT WAS MORE THAN BASKETBALL.
  • IT WAS THE LAST TIME THAT WE WAS GONNA COMPETE TOGETHER.
  • Coach: YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST TEAM
  • IN HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HISTORY.
  • THAT'S GONNA BE AROUND LONG AFTER YOU GUYS ARE GONE.
  • YOU'VE TAKEN IT FULL-CIRCLE, FELLAS.
  • THIS ALL STARTED IN A LITTLE GYM
  • WITH A LINOLEUM FLOOR ON MAPLE STREET
  • AT THE SALVATION ARMY.
  • ALL THE TRAVELING WE'VE DONE
  • FROM THE TIME YOU GUYS WERE 11 YEARS OLD,
  • ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL,
  • ALL THE WAY TO CULMINATE
  • WHEN THAT BUS PULLS UP TOMORROW--
  • WHERE AT? ON MAPLE STREET.
  • AND THE ONLY QUESTION RIGHT NOW IS,
  • DO YOU GET OFF THAT BUS TOMORROW VICTORIOUS?
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • Team: ♪ WE READY... WHAT-WHAT? ♪
  • ♪ WE READY... WHAT-WHAT? ♪
  • ♪ WE READY, AND WE SO SQUAD... ♪
  • LET'S GO.
  • ( chanting )
  • - WHOO! - Announcer: So here we go,
  • the championship game in Division II.
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary's,
  • with the national championship on the line.
  • ( cheering )
  • ( crowd roars )
  • Joyce controls
  • and the basketball game is underway.
  • Eight minutes on the clock
  • and the first possession goes to St. Vincent-St. Mary.
  • Commentator: in this house.
  • It is elbow this championship game.
  • Announcer: Inside they go, right away.m dunk
  • Commentator: talked aboutelli
  • how he's instructed his team to be patient.
  • They will work and work and work and work.
  • They're taking time off the game clock...
  • and they'll set it back up out on top.
  • If they can shorten the game, they may have a chance.
  • Coach: WE KIND OF HAD THE FEELING
  • THAT THEY WOULD HOLD THE BALL...
  • I GUESS EARLY ON BIT BETTER AT IT LITTLE
  • THAN WE THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE.
  • Double-teamed, somebody's gotta be open.
  • and it is Stichweh.
  • They ran a minute and change off the clock.
  • Commentator: that Coach Petrocelli wants.
  • Sian: WE COULD TO SPEED 'EM UP,
  • BUT THEY HAD US CHASING 'EM AND IT WAS HARD.
  • A lot of slow action
  • and Doug Penno making shots like that.
  • Execution to perfection.
  • Announcer: Just like Roger Bacon last year...
  • Commentator: They're frustrating the Akron players.
  • James on the rebound. Blocked shot by Gill!
  • Out of bounds. St. Vincent-St. Mary's will have the basketball.
  • Coach: CLOSE TO THE END OF THE FIRST HALF,
  • I WAS QUESTIONING MYSELF.
  • Three seconds left. Weems for three.
  • - It does not fall. - ( buzzer sounds )
  • Alter has won the first half of this basketball game,
  • somewhat surprisingly.
  • They have an 11-1 run
  • in the last four minutes and 10 seconds.
  • Romeo: GOING INTO HALFTIME LOSING,
  • I'M THINKING "NOT AGAIN.
  • NOT TWO YEARS IN A ROW."
  • FELLAS, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE Xs AND Os RIGHT NOW.
  • IT'S NOT.
  • I WANT YOU GUYS TO JUST, FOR ONE MINUTE,
  • TRY TO GRASP THIS THING.
  • WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN GIVEN.
  • NOW LOOK AROUND THE ROOM, GUYS.
  • HEY, LET'S BE REAL ABOUT THIS.
  • SOME OF THESE GUYS-- DRU, 'BRON, SIAN, ROME, WILLIE--
  • YOU'LL NEVER PLAY ANOTHER GAME OF BASKETBALL WITH.
  • TO BE WHERE YOU GUYS ARE AT,
  • IT'S-- IT'S A BLESSING THAT YOU GUYS
  • WILL ONLY UNDERSTAND LATER IN LIFE.
  • AS THIS GAME WINDS ON,
  • WITH SOME OF YOU GUYS,
  • THIS IS MY LAST TIME COACHING YOU.
  • THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF GREAT TIMES,
  • A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES,
  • AND I WANT TO CHERISH 'EM.
  • BUT LET'S DO THIS, FELLAS.
  • YOU KNOW, LET'S DO THIS.
  • JUST END THIS THING THE RIGHT WAY.
  • Man: LET'S GO, MAN! LET'S GO!
  • - ONE, TWO, THREE... - All: TEAM.
  • - FOUR, FIVE, SIX. - All: WORK HARD.
  • Dru: MY DAD IS JUST AS BIG A PIECE OF THIS PUZZLE
  • AS ANY FIVE OF US.
  • THIS IS A GUY WHO WAS A FOOTBALL PLAYER
  • THAT CHANGED TO BE A BASKETBALL COACH.
  • WHEN I TOLD HIM THIS WAS WHAT I WANT TO DO,
  • HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO PUT THE BALL IN MY HAND.
  • Announcer: Joyce takes it in
  • and Travis scores at three seconds. Clock running.
  • - ( whistle tweets ) - Romeo: HE WAS KEY FOR ME BEING THE MAN I AM TODAY.
  • IF I WASN'T AT ST. V WITH COACH DRU,
  • WHO PUSHED ME TOWARDS THE RIGHT THING,
  • GOD KNOWS WHERE I'D BE RIGHT NOW.
  • And he gets a steal after two free throws--
  • count the triple!
  • Commentator: Now you start making those, Alter's in trouble.
  • LeBron: HE HELPED ME HAVE THAT SECURITY
  • THAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED AND A FATHER FIGURE.
  • HE DIDN'T HAVE TO TREAT ME
  • LIKE I WAS ONE OF HIS KIDS OR BUY THINGS FOR ME.
  • HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO IT, BUT HE DID.
  • Out to James. They can take the lead.
  • - James-- oh! - Commentator: Very nice.
  • IT WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN BASKETBALL TO COACH DRU.
  • HE ALWAYS WANTED THE BEST FOR US.
  • Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary smelling it now
  • with 2:26 to go.
  • Sian: WE ALL LOOKED AT COACH DRU AS A FATHER FIGURE
  • AND LOVED HIM LIKE THAT.
  • 6.3 seconds to go.
  • 40-36, the Irish with the lead.
  • The pressure is on.
  • Might be the ball game.
  • Oh, James gets the rebound! He will dribble it out!
  • - Joyce-- four seconds, down to one. - ( buzzer sounds )
  • And that's the basketball game!
  • Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary's
  • wins their third in four years.
  • Division II State Champions here in Columbus.
  • The Irish are your national champions.
  • Sian: LOOKING OVER AND SEEING MY MOM,
  • AND COACH DRU, MISS JOYCE AND EVERYBODY WHO HAD BEEN THERE
  • FROM THE BEGINNING WAS THERE THAT DAY.
  • IT WAS JUST A DREAM COME TRUE.
  • Romeo: I FELT LIKE I DID SOMETHING,
  • LIKE MY LIFE IS NOW WORTH SOMETHING.
  • AND WINNING IT WITH MY BEST FRIENDS
  • WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I EVER FELT IN MY LIFE.
  • I JUST HAD TO GO FIND MY BROTHER AND HUG HIM.
  • BECAUSE I COULD STILL BE IN CHICAGO DOING THE WRONG THING.
  • I COULD BE IN JAIL, DEAD.
  • HE JUST LEAD ME ON THE RIGHT PATH.
  • IT JUST SEEMED LIKE EVERYTHING TRACED BACK TO HIM.
  • WHEN WE WON THAT CHAMPIONSHIP,
  • I JUST HAD TO GO FIND HIM.
  • HE RAN OFF THE COURT AND--
  • 20,000 PEOPLE AND HE FOUND ME--
  • AND WE JUST EMBRACED EACH OTHER.
  • I FELT LIKE A PROUD FATHER.
  • Dru: I GOT TO SHARE THAT WITH MY BROTHERS,
  • AND I ALSO DID THAT WITH MY DAD.
  • I GOT A CHANCE TO SHARE MY DREAM
  • WITH EVERYBODY I LOVE.
  • Coach: WE MADE A LOT OF SACRIFICES--
  • NOT JUST ME, OTHER PARENTS.
  • SOMETIMES I WONDER IF WE TOOK
  • SOME OF THE KIDS' CHILDHOODS AWAY FROM 'EM.
  • BECAUSE THEY WORKED SO HARD.
  • THEY DIDN'T HANG OUT LIKE A LOT OF KIDS.
  • SO SOMETIMES YOU QUESTION
  • "DID WE DO THE RIGHT THING?"
  • ( crowd applauding )
  • ( crowd cheering )
  • Coach: I LOVE 'EM ALL LIKE THEY'RE MY SONS.
  • GOD GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY
  • TO BE INVOLVED WITH THIS,
  • AND IT WASN'T ABOUT BASKETBALL.
  • I NEEDED TO HELP THEM BECOME MEN,
  • THAT THEY'RE INDEBTED TO SOMETHING THAT'S GREATER THAN THEMSELVES.
  • WHEN I HUGGED HIM, I WHISPERED IN HIS EAR,
  • "DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM. LOOK AT ME."
  • ( sobs )
  • I HAD TO GO A ROUNDABOUT WAY OF FINDING MY DREAM AGAIN.
  • FOR A WHILE, I LOST MINE,
  • AND THROUGH WORKING WITH THAT GROUP,
  • I GOT IT BACK.
  • YOU JUST DON'T KNOW
  • WHAT LIFE HAS IN STORE FOR YOU.
  • Woman: And of course everyone wants to know,
  • what is next? Or when are you going to decide?
  • You know, it's so hard else right now anything
  • besides being with my teammates
  • while we're still here in Columbus.
  • I'm just gonna try as long as possiblehead
  • and live out this last night.
  • ( soft rock music playing )
  • - ( whistle tweets ) - ( crowd cheers )
  • Announcer: Sian Cotton on the tackle.
  • ( crowd cheers )
  • ( announcer speaking )
  • Kevin Harlan: and here's Pierce again.
  • A slipped screen, Posey will defend-- oh!
  • LeBron James, with no regard for human life,
  • has given the Cavaliers
  • their biggest lead tonight!
  • ( all laughing )
  • MOVE YOUR LINE OUT A LITTLE BIT.
  • MOVE YOUR LINE OUT.
  • AND IT'S GOTTA BE FULL SPEED.
  • MAKE THE LAYUP, YOU REBOUND. LET'S GO. GO.
  • OH! REBOUND. GO TO THE NEXT GUY IN LINE.
  • HURRY UP. HURRY UP. LET'S GO.
  • OH, REBOUND THE SHOT.
  • GO TO THE OTHER LINE.
  • WHO'S GONNA BE THE FIRST ONE TO--
  • ALL RIGHT! ( claps )
  • ♪ I WILL SURVIVE ♪
  • ♪ AS LONG AS IT'S YOU BY MY SIDE ♪
  • ♪ I WILL SURVIVE ♪
  • ♪ AS LONG AS IT'S YOU BY MY SIDE ♪
  • ♪ I'M STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ I'M STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ THEY SAID WE WOULDN'T MAKE IT ♪
  • ♪ BUT GUESS WHAT-- WE MADE IT ♪
  • ♪ AND WE'VE GOT THEM WONDERING HOW ♪
  • ♪ YOU WERE ALWAYS FOR ME ♪
  • ♪ NEVER BEEN THE ONE TO HURT ME ♪
  • ♪ YOU GAVE ME PEACE OF MIND ♪
  • ♪ I FOUND MY WAY THROUGH THE CLOUDS ♪
  • ♪ NO MORE RUNNING SCARED ♪
  • ♪ CLOSING MY EYES ♪
  • ♪ OH, I WILL BE TRUE ♪
  • ♪ THIS LOVE FROM MY HEART ♪
  • ♪ I'M LAYING MY LIFE ON THE LINE ♪
  • ♪ I WILL SURVIVE ♪
  • ♪ AS LONG AS IT'S YOU BY MY SIDE ♪
  • ♪ I WILL SURVIVE ♪
  • ♪ AS LONG AS IT'S YOU BY MY SIDE ♪
  • ♪ I'M STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ I'M STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER ♪
  • ♪ STRONGER. ♪
  • ( R&B music playing )
  • ♪ I NEVER THOUGHT THE SUN WOULD SHINE MY WAY ♪
  • ♪ ALL I'VE KNOWN IS EMPTY PROMISES AND PAIN ♪
  • ♪ I NEED A WAY OUT, SOME TYPE OF ESCAPE ♪
  • ♪ SO I TAKE REFUGE IN THIS PLACE ♪
  • ♪ EVEN THOUGH THE ROAD TO GLORY SEEMS LONG ♪
  • ♪ THE FIRE IN ME COULD WIN A MARATHON ♪
  • ♪ BELIEVING THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN'T OVERCOME ♪
  • ♪ IF YOU DREAM ♪
  • ♪ THEN YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ♪
  • ♪ IF YOU DREAM ♪
  • ♪ YOU'RE HALFWAY TO DESTINY ♪
  • ♪ IF YOU DREAM ♪
  • ♪ DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE ♪
  • ♪ IF YOU DREAM ♪
  • ♪ 'CAUSE A DREAM'S UNSTOPPABLE ♪
  • ♪ I COULD'VE GAVE UP A LONG TIME AGO ♪
  • ♪ ALL THE DOORS I NEEDED TO GET THROUGH ♪
  • - ♪ WERE ALWAYS CLOSED ♪ ALWAYS CLOSED... ♪
  • ♪ STORMS AND RAIN EVERYWHERE I GO ♪
  • ♪ BUT I DON'T GIVE UP ♪
  • ♪ 'CAUSE I KNOW ♪
  • ♪ EVEN IF THEY SAY YOU JUST CANT WIN ♪
  • ♪ BELIEVE AND YOU CAN GO WHERE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN ♪
  • ♪ AND YOU CAN FLY OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS ♪
  • ♪ IF YOU DREAM ♪

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Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player's father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the "Fab Five's" improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested—both on and off the court—as James' exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they've set out to achieve together. More Than A Game combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.

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