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Can't quite imagine your world, Mr. James. Can't quite understand how you do what you do night in and night out.
But I can appreciate it. So, before you get to work on the roaring twenties, I just wanted to take a quick timeout to say thanks for the sensational teens. Thanks for bringing the pass back, Man -- for knowing the pass, the giving-up-to-get-back, is the essence of the game -- and for understanding that it's the pass that raises hoops from prose to poetry. You're changing highlight culture, as we speak, making little touches and kick-backs the stuff of modern-day ooohs and aaahs. And more than that, you're trickling down. There are kids on the playground in my neighborhood working on that sweeping cuff pass you throw on the run and into the post. Your style is spreading, like "memes." Like a healthy virus, your passes are passing from one young player's hands to another. Thanks for the full line most every night. Thanks for making me feel like maybe I have some idea now of what it was like to see the young Oscar lace 'em up.
|LeBron already has provided us with plenty of highlights, and he just turned 20.|
|Too Young to be This Good|
|With LeBron leaving his teenage years, we'd thought find out who have been the best 20-year-old athletes of all time. There's a reason they called Wayne Gretzky the "Great One."|
Thanks for letting a bit of your spotlight fall on Zydrunas, too. We had no idea. Thanks for closing out the game against the Nets earlier this month by holding up and dribbling out the clock when you could have gone in for a gratuitous dunk in a 103-97 win.
|Sure, LeBron can score -- but many of his most exciting plays are assists.|