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Fans everywhere get their first glimpse of LeBron James. As a 17-year-old, he appeared on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED billed as THE CHOSEN ONE. His high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, is flooded with autograph requests.

Text: Gary Gramling
Photo: MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (COVER)

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