Lebron James in "More Than a Game" Documentary Movie Review

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“More Than a Game” follows basketball phenoms Lebron James and three others as they journey from youth basketball to the National basketball association. This documentary review of “More Than a Game” discusses the film which documents Lebr

“More Than a Game” follows basketball phenoms Lebron James and three others as they journey from youth basketball to the National basketball association. This documentary review of “More Than a Game” discusses the film which documents Lebron James and his journey to the professional ranks in 2008.

Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Willi McGee, and Lebron James are the main subjects of “More Than a Game” following their high school on Maple Street in Ohio to their championship basketball game. St. Vincent St. Mary’s high school is where Lebron James was discovered to be an amazing prodigy on the basketball court and the most hyped player to arrive in the NBA.

The humble origins of Lebron James are shown in home movie footage working hard to raise money for basketball equipment and uniforms in Akron, Ohio. The chemistry of the boys brought success on the court are all included in this documentary film.

Lebron James began to separate himself from the rest of the pack in 1998 and began to be noticed. James recalled working hard to defeat expectations.

The Ohio Shooting Stars entered the AAU National Tournament facing teams from across the United States. The swagger of the Southern California team they opposed in the national title game gave Akron the motivation to cut the lead and work harder to exceed expectations. Lebron James missed the game winning three and the Shooting Stars lost the national title.

Perhaps the early sense of loss on such a grand minor stage served as extra motivation to succees in his senior year of high school. “More Than a Game” includes photos and videos never before seen.

People were paying up to $300 a ticket to see Lebron James play in high school. A sponsorship with Addidas and national attention began to put more spotlights on Lebron than any basketball player in Ohio history.

Lebron’s first year coach is interviewed about how difficult it was to handle the media circus of Lebron’s senior year. They discuss the attention and phone calls from national outlets like David Letterman and others affected the attitudes of the players on the court. Even Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant admit his talent after watching him play early on.

Harvey Mason media does a great job presenting the struggles and successes of Lebron James through his high school career in this film that gets great about twenty-five minutes in.

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