Volume 96, Issue 59
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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Sports interrogation: Is LeBron the next M.J.?

"One-hit wonders" come and go in the sporting world. They capture the spotlight and hearts of sports fans, then fall back into obscurity for subsequent seasons, finally culminating with the centre spot on Hollywood Squares shortly there after. The Gazette's question in this week's sports interrogation is:

Will LeBron James (the high school basketball phenom who is to go first overall in the National Basketball Association draft, and who has been aptly dubbed "The Chosen One") live up to all the hype and blossom into an NBA superstar, or will he just be another Sam Bowie?


"I think it's going to be hard for him to live up to all the hype. He can't just walk in thinking he's the best, he's going to have to work hard for it."

– Julie Lamparski,
guard for Western's women's basketball team



"He's raised the bar for future athletes in any sport. Soon, people will be comparing other athletes to him, just like how he has been compared to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. He's the real deal."

– Steven Harrison,
Fanshawe College student



"I think he will. He already looks like he has the body of an NBA player and he's what – 18-years-old? He won't start right off, but will be good after a couple of years. He's the best high school player I've ever seen."

–Leron Mitchell,
Undeclared II



"There's no way he's going to be the best player ever. I'll tell you what's going to happen: He is going to be like Kobe Bryant, where he isn't that good, but will get better. He is going to be like the next Kobe, but certainly not the next Michael Jordan. He will also get arrested, with, let me guess the most obvious – weed. It's the NBA, it's fantastic."

–Mark Polishuk,
English/Film III and Gazette cynic



"That's a lot of hype. To tell you the truth, I don't know what's going to happen. I have seen all of his highlights and he's got some nice moves."

–Brad Ballinger,
Languages II

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