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Filling the Void: Time Travel Back to 2002 with Young LeBron James

Have you seen LeBron James, the most highly sought after High School player in the last twenty years, show off on National TV? Would you like to?

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Filling the Void: Time Travel Back to 2002 with Young LeBron James

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We’re several months into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

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Today: The most highly sought after High School player in the last twenty years shows off on National TV.

First off, Carmelo Anthony is not in this game. Why? He’s currently playing at Syracuse. It’s such a tease to have him in the thumbnail for this video. The Irish aren’t even wearing green jerseys. This isn’t the worst lie I’ve been told in 2020, but it still hurts.

I would have loved to see Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James go at it as high schoolers.

This game isn’t particularly insane, but it should give you a good reminder of just how dominant LeBron was in High School. Oak Hill is the third-best team in the country, and LeBron dominates them to the final buzzer. It’s foolish.

However, the best thing I found in this video came from the comments section, and I’d like to share it with you. This comment from “B. Kawhi-it”, which is an unquestionably incredible username was written in 2016, right after LeBron brought back a ring to Ohio. The comment reads:

“Wow! 14 years later, this most talked-about high school kid gets his 3rd ring making history leading his team to be the only NBA team to come back from being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals to win a championship playing against a #1 team that had the best NBA regular season record in history. The road came with obstacles, controversy, [constant] hating, [constant] pressure on him to deliver when it counted the most. Taking the high road through the most difficult times of persecution, and persevering has led him to his reward. The most talked-about and best high school player in his time has now indisputably become the most talked-about best player in the NBA. What a story!”

What a story indeed.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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