The mistrial of LeBron James

One game in the life of the most confounding player of our time

Updated: April 6, 2012, 11:40 AM ET
By Kevin Van Valkenburg | ESPN The Magazine

LeBRON IS RIDING HIS BIKE TO DWYANE'S HOUSE Long before he dubbed himself the King, long before we became captivated by his burgeoning teenage grace, long before the mere mention of his name could inspire love and awe and rage, LeBron Raymone James was a skinny kid with long arms and big ears who spent his afternoons snaking his way through the streets of Akron, Ohio, on his bike, searching for his place in the world.

Even when he was 9, it didn't matter how chaotic ...

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