On Tuesday night, LBJ turned 24 years old. How crazy is that? He's been kicking ass in the NBA for six seasons now. His accomplishments are ridiculous for such a young man. I predict once Kobe breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA all-time scoring mark, the superstar kid from Akron, Ohio will leap frog the purple and gold assassin and truly become the King. But, in the meantime, let's take a look at how LeBron's accolades stack up to other famous 24 year olds from the past:
LeBron -- soon to be 5-Time All-Star, 2-Time All-Star Game MVP, 1 NBA Scoring Title, 1 NBA Finals appearance, 2003-04 Rookie Of The Year Award Winner, 2003 1st overall draft pick, averaged 3o or more points per game twice in a season. Now, he just needs to win a ring like his buddy D-Wade.
Michael Jordan -- NCAA Champion, NCAA Player
Of The Year, 1 NBA All-Star Game MVP, 4-Time NBA All-Star, 2-Time Slam Dunk Champion, 1984-85 Rookie Of The Year Award Winner, 1 NBA Scoring Title, had highest scoring average in a season (37.1 ppg in 1986-87) since Wilt Chamberlain racked up 44.8 ppg in 1962-63. Man, Jordan was lethal back in the day. He was even kind enough to give Spike Lee a great start to his career thanks to all those Nike commercials they did together. What a nice guy that MJ is.
Kobe Bryant -- 3-Time NBA Champion, 5-Time NBA All-Star, 1 NBA All-Star Game MVP, 1997 Slam Dunk Champion, averaged 30 ppg in 2002-03 season. But, Shaq had nothing to do with it. Really, he didn't.
Tiger Woods -- 1997 Masters Champion, 1999 PGA Championship Winner, he changed the face of golf forever, he was the world's number 1 ranked player various times plus he made tons of cash and still does today.
Dwight "Doc" Gooden -- 1986 World Series Champion, 1985 NL Cy Young Award Winner, 4-Time NL All-Star, 1984 NL Rookie Of The Year Winner, 1 NL ERA Title , 2 NL Strikeout Titles and led Major Leagues with 24 wins in 1985. What a shame his potential Hall Of Fame career nosedived when drugs, alcohol and injuries invaded his body. He is the ultimate "What If" athlete.
Finally, there's the one, the only, Gary Coleman -- By the time he turned 24 in 1992, his Different Strokes money was used up. His guest appearances on The Jeffersons, Facts Of Life and Good Times were nothing but a long distant memory. But, at least, he could still get paid for saying "Whatcha Talkin' Bout Willis?" at geeky trade shows. Yep, Gary was living the dream back then. But seriously, we hear G.C. is doing well nowadays, so we're happy for him.
And I'm sure LeBron is too. Okay, maybe not. Sorry Gary.
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