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There has never been a basketball player like LeBron James

On the court the 33-year-old can only rely on himself

By Benjamin Markovits  

Photo: USA TODAY Sports/SIPA USA/PA Images

About seven years ago, I interviewed LeBron James in Barcelona. It was the summer after he lost his second NBA Finals. His Miami Heat team had been upset by the underdog Dallas Mavericks, partly because James himself had underperformed, panicking or deferring at crucial moments, and he’d come in for a lot of criticism afterwards. In person he was extremely impressive. He looked like a statue of himself, solid and larger than life, and in every situation I saw him (I was allowed…

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