Thank You, Lebron James

Hello everyone! It is honor to be able to induct LeBron James into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ever since I was a little kid, I always dreamed of being able to induct my favorite basketball player of all time into the hall of fame. I was first introduced to him at the age of 6 by my brother. During the time, I was confused because I did not know who he was, so I asked my brother to further explain on who he was. His reply was,” he is the greatest since Michael Jordan.” After this bold statement, I decided to watch him for my first time during the 2012 playoffs. I was amazed from what I had seen. He had averaged 28.6 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, and 7.4 assists per game. He was also named finals most valuable player and NBA champion. I was amazed with these achievements. Ever since the 2012 playoffs, I kept up with your career and tuned into every basketball game you played in.

Watching you is something different. Watching your unique dribble style at a 6ā€™9 frame weighing 255 lbs fascinates me until this day. The way you furiously dunked the ball, passed the ball with no effort and was a great communicator on and off the court encourages me to be a leader in any group that Iā€™m in. These three attributes are just a few of many attributes that have made him the player he had became. One of LBJ’s greatest accomplishments is his comeback from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA finals. He played with so much pressure knowing that if he lost a game, he would be going home. You never quit. You never stopped persevering. With this comeback, he brought Cleveland, Ohio its first major championship in 52 years.

To think you would play for 17 years and grow every year more and more goes to show how much dedication you had for the game of basketball. The amount of joy you brought to your fans, especially the people of your home town of Akron, Ohio,who needed a hero expresses the role you took on right out of high school. I want to say thank you from me and the millions of fans who support you around the world. It is has been an honor to be able to induct LeBron James into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sandin Avdic – Chicago Waldorf – DMSF

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