11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2003
I live in Dallas,Tx and when it comes to basketball I hear 2 things: 1- Dallas Mavericks; 2- Lebron James. I was fortunate to find this book in Dallas,Tx and I judge books by how long it takes to read. This book falls under the term used on Lebron - "CAN'T MISS". It was a non stop read that resulted in my wife yelling at me for not doing my chores over the weekend. My wife began an investigation as to what I was doing. She soon discovered that the book was too good not to read after viewing the pictures. I am proud to report that she read her first sports book at the tender age of 34. There is hope? Being a media magnate for years - I've been able to see more media and athletic talent than Terry Pluto & Jim Gray would ever dream of: you simply have Ohio's best sportswriter in David Morgan and Ohio's best basketball player in Lebron James in 1 book. That combination makes it an easy choice to buy the book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2003
Knowing and living around a star before they are a star provides insights and a sense of who a person really is better than can anyone who only becomes acquainted after stardom hits the public eye. That is what David Morgan has uniquely contributed to the understanding of who LeBron is. Morgan was personally selected by mom Gloria for the privilege of writing LeBron's story because she expected him to be fair to the family. He was also a known commodity because he was a local sportswriter and followed LeBron's career before he was King James. Morgan was given access to the stories of family members so that he could speak from their unique vantagepoints. He has done that very well, but he has also balanced those positions with perceptions of the people with whom they came in contact, which were not always the same. This book helps us begin to understand how such a talent could be developed from what society might consider the most adverse of circumstances to the maturity and grounding we have seen so far from this young athlete. The extent of the extended family influences are clearly evident and truly amazing. My hope is that David Morgan continues his relationship with the James family, that they continue to trust him with their confidences, and that he writes more to help us learn further about the importance of mentors and models in the growing years of our youngsters.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2003
Lebron James, The Rise Of A Star is a very well written book expiring to all that reads it young or old. In this book, you will learn that all the obstacles that was put in front of Lebron, Gloria, Eddie and the rest of the family that they made it through with the help of wonderful people in there lives. With the help of others and one mothers love Lebron turned out to be a phenonamal person. Congratulation to you Mr. Morgan for such a fine job at writing and clearing up a lot of matters.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2003
This book was unbelievable. David Lee Morgan Jr. is a mastermind. He captured every angle of LeBron's young life. The book was a pageturner from the very beginning when LeBron held a basketball for the first time right up until the announcement for the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Every time you turned the page something new and interesting immediately jumped out at you. The book also includes many color photos of LeBron which follow along with the storyline. If you're looking a book about LeBron James then this is the book for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2003
In this book you found out the "real" story of a young star whom along with his friends and family strived to become a great person and an inspiration to young kids everywhere. You find out some pretty rough things in the book also such as his grandmother passing on christmas morning and the strength it took for Gloria and Eddie not to let him know so he could have somewhat of a normal christmas morning. How a great family like the Walkers took LeBron in and made him one of their own. The important turn around between fourth and fifth grade. The roles of Sian, Willie, Dru III and Romeo and how it was destiny for Willie to be a part of the fab five. Just an all around terrific read. Great flow and it really keeps your interest !!! GREAT JOB MR. MORGAN...
on January 22, 2015
.03% of high school basketball players get drafted to the NBA. The book LeBron James: Rise of a Star by David Lee Morgan Jr., published in 2003, describes LeBron’s youth days, his young media answers, and thought by news writers that he was overrated in high school. Morgan has written six books, all under the young adult genre. One way Morgan accomplishes his goal is by vividly describing LeBron’s youth life until he was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003. Another way Morgan accomplishes his goal, is by the way he portrays LeBron as a hard working man.
LeBron eyed the court for his last shot at Oak Hill, he knew he needed to be ready for this game. In a press conference before the game LeBron was asked if he was ready for the game, he replied, “ I can’t wait”(Morgan 12). After coming off a disappointing four point loss in the previous season against Oak Hill, LeBron wanted to get back at Oak Hill in his final chance. LeBron and the Irish blew Oak Hill out by 20. In his senior season, LeBron and the Irish made it to the state championship for a third year in a row. LeBron’s friend, Lil Dru, came into a tight game and hit some clutch threes late in the game. After the game, when he was asked about his performance, Lil Dru stated, “It [is] an amazing feeling”(Morgan 64).
LeBron’s mom was a 16 year old high school sophomore with no money when LeBron was born. This left her no choice but to move into an unsafe environment where drug trafficking, alcohol
abuse and nightly killings were normal. LeBron and his mother lived on the run until he was 12, “They shared space with other families, always moving around”(Morgan 27). In the grand scheme of things, LeBron never actually had a place to call home until he was a teenager. Although, his mom raised her son in such a harmful environment, she is the reason that LeBron stayed out of drugs and alcohol. His mom knew they would never really have a place to call home. That’s why she would always tell LeBron, “Don’t get comfortable because we may not be here long”(Morgan 30). In the context of the book, it sounds like his mom gave up on finding a house and was satisfied with moving all the time and not having a place to call home.
After LeBron’s first few press conferences, he became more calm and mellow. He would make comments that would start little hay fires around the television industry. At a pregame press conference before his final game against Oak Hill, he was asked if he was prepared for the game, he responded, “I’m going to put on a show”(Morgan 12). Being the top basketball prospect for all high schools around the country, making those kinds of comments will draw more unnecessary conflict to his game. It will also cause people to not like him just because of his attitude. In a press conference on December 19th, 2014 after a Cavaliers win, LeBron stated, “Mikes ability to spread the floor… he gives us a dynamic threat”(Roda). Now, 12 years into his NBA career, on a night when LeBron lead the team in scoring, he gives his teammates the credit and exclaims that Mike Miller was the key to the team’s success in the game.
LeBron had the same coach for high school as he did for AAU. This creates a good chemistry and relationship between the coach and LeBron. When coach Dru wanted better competition, he would travel a further distance, “The more places the team visited, the more people became
interested in their star player”( Morgan 87). In part of traveling for high caliber teams, coach Dru also traveled these distances for more recognition of their small Catholic school. Also, coach Dru and his
team felt a little pressure as the tides turned when he took over as the head coach. This is when every team aimed to beat them. In a press conference, he states, “These are 17 year old boys… no team in the country is under the pressure we are under”(Morgan 89). By using the word pressure, coach Dru realizes his team is at the top of the tower and everyone wants a piece of them. The team also needs to keep playing together to keep the team’s chemistry high.
This book’s priority is to show LeBron’s young life, young media answers and how people thought he was overrated in high school. I would give this book an 8/10. This book is a good read for anyone interested in LeBron James’s life. (Word Count 788)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2003
I met David Lee Morgan, Jr. at a recent book signing. I took the book home and finished it that day. It is a beautifully written story of a young man with truly exceptional ability and talent! Morgan's insight into this young star's life and development provide an honest and touching account of LeBron's rise to stardom.
I highly recommend this book for all ages. It is both inspiring and heartwarming, and underscores what success really is...a combination of outstanding attributes, values, love and concern for others, and a support system of family, friends and mentors. I hope Morgan writes a sequel!
on July 13, 2013
I have always followed his basketball career, I am blessed to watch a gifted player. Now I understand him even better. God has shinned on him to be an example to others, prayer, believe, trust, faith as well as and putting in the time to accomplish your goals and dreams. Congratulations on your engagement and you up coming wedding. I am so proud of you and your mother. She did a great job of In stalling great values in you. You show true leadership to other men of all ages, you can be a good father, loving person and use your gifts and talents God has given you for the greater good.
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on November 4, 2003
LeBron James has added sparkle and excitement to the world of professional sports with his incredible skills and good-natured attitude toward all the hoopla. I was happy to read about his childhood -- even though it was difficult, LeBron managed to keep his focus on his love of basketball. I was interested in how his life has unfolded so far and I look forward to following his career and wish the best for him always. David Lee Morgan, Jr. knows his subject well and has written a respectful yet interesting book about LeBron.