Every true basketball fanatic remembers that classic Slam magazine cover with LeBron James in his green and gold St. Vincent-St. Mary’s jersey side-by-side with a baby-faced Sebastian Telfair.
Jewelry draped both high-school stars as the Lincoln guard looked just as poised for stardom as his Akron counterpart.
The headline even read: The Takeover (Sebastian Telfair & LeBron James are about to rule the world. Imagine that.)
The next summer, the two almost took over the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Harlem’s Rucker Park.
While Telfair was tearing up the tournament with the likes of Eddy Curry and Jamal Crawford, James was gearing up to be the secret-weapon to crown Jay Z’s team the champs.
But thanks to the blackout of 2003, we never got to see the two Rocafella chain wearers play on the same team. Then their careers subsequently sped in different directions.
James became the No. 1 pick in one of the deepest drafts in NBA history and went on to win two championships and six MVPs (NBA Finals and league). On the other hand, the Brooklyn point guard has been relegated to role player/victory cigar for seven teams in nine years.
Now it’s possible that things could change and their careers could creep closer to the same spectrum.
According to HOOPSWORLD’s Alex Kennedy, the Miami Heat have expressed interest in bringing Telfair in as a third point guard.
I’m not sure if that would be better than signing a guard like Mo Williams who can play both guard positions, but it would represent a story that has been 11 years in the making.
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