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2003: LeBron James

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"There's this boy/man/narcissist out there, impersonating an NBA player, except he's 17 and still subject to a Catholic high school dress code," wrote Tom Friend about LeBron James. "Not since Lew Alcindor has a high school senior been hoisted this high over the beanstalk, and there's an entire basketball public tripping all over itself in anticipation."