16-Year-Old LeBron James Talks About Wanting to Be the Best in 2001 Interview (Video)

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If there is one thing the first three games of the 2015 NBA Finals have taught us, it’s that LeBron James is without a doubt one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

No, he’s probably not greater than Jordan. He might not be greater than Wilt or Magic, either. But he’s easily the best player of his generation. And right now he’s on the verge of turning in possibly the single greatest NBA Finals performance of all time, averaging 41 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists per game.

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at an interview 16-year-old LeBron James did with Kirk Herbstreit (who was just a local sports reporter back then) after winning his second straight Ohio high school championship back in 2001. It’s not so much 16-year-old LeBron James talking about his hopes and dreams as much as it is 16-year-old LeBron accurately predicting the future.

Take a look:

Best defender? Check. Best three-point shooter? Not so much. At least, not yet. With LeBron, you just never know.