LeBron James: How a doctor almost crushed his dreams of becoming an NBA superstar

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Apr 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is fouled by Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since elementary school, basketball fans have known more about LeBron James, from foods to school. But do they really know LeBron James? In this day and age, it’s hard to keep everything under wraps, especially when you’re one of the most popular athletes in the world today. But maybe there still more that they don’t know about the big guy from Ohio.

James has always wanted to be an NBA superstar for as long as he can remember, but a routine sports physical at an age of 11 has nearly crushed his dream of NBA stardom. A die-hard Michael Jordan fan, James was given a positive report that he was a healthy kid and can play the sport of his choice.

But the doctor discovered something weird about James, he told James that he’d grow to be around 6-3 nearly five inches shy of the 6-8 he’d eventually reach.

King James has grew so fast that at age 11 he already 5 feet and 7 inches tall, and by the end of his freshman year, he already towering at 6-3.

“I thought I was all done,” LeBron said via the Fox Sports when he first heard what the doctor said. But all that changed once he reached 6-3. “Nah, once I was that tall at that age, I felt pretty good about my chances.”

But James doesn’t remember the name of that doctor, all he could recall on that time is that doctor stepping into the room and predicting that James would grow to be around 6 feet and 3 inches tall

“When your idols are Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway, you’re like [expletive],” James said to cleveland.com in a one-on-one session. “You’re looking on the back of basketball cards and it says M.J. 6-6, Penny Hardaway 6-7½, Grant Hill 6-8, you’re like, ‘I’m only going to be 6-3? Golly. My dreams are shattered.’ That’s how it made me feel,” via the Fox Sports.

Overall, the kid from Ohio obviously ended up growing to be 6-foot-8 and at 250 pounds. He made it to the NBA and the rest is history. The doctor’s calculations were wrong because James has become the fastest-moving specimen to ever step on the NBA court.

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