LeBron James Wasn’t Interested in the Cavs as a Rookie?

By Staff  |  10/30/2016

LeBron James

When LeBron James announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft, fresh outta high school, teams knew he would change the direction of a franchise.

The stars aligned for the Cleveland Cavaliers, picking the home grown talent with the first overall pick in the draft.

LeBron helped turn the franchise around and into a playoff contender, but initially, he wanted no part of the team, according to ESPN.

"When James was a teenager, he started attending games at the arena, and he couldn’t believe how bad the Cavs were, how empty the arena often was, with its bright blue seats seeming like a neon sign of disinterest," writes reporter Brian Windhorst. "During his senior year of high school, he went to several games, was given courtside seats and visited the locker room. His thought was pretty clear after he watched that 17-win team with the lowest attendance in the league: They were awful, and he didn’t want to be a part of it."

When LeBron was picked by the Cavs, the team finished 35-47 in his rookie year.

Obviously, he stayed with the Cavs from 2003-10, before leaving for the Miami Heat for a four-year stint, where he won two NBA championships.