The revelation that LeBron James looked up to Michael Jordan as a kid is probably not one that is met with much astonishment -- I mean, what kid from that generation didn't?
But LeBron's other basketball role model as a teenager growing up in Akron might come as something of a surprise.
According to ESPN , James to this day draws inspiration from Allen Iverson -- for his determination as much as his abilities on the court.
"I watch Jordan more than anybody, for sure," James told Chris Broussard. "But I'll watch tapes of A.I., too.
"I don't take anything from A.I. Well, I do -- his will. They say he was 6 feet, but AI was like 5-10½. Do we even want to say 160? 170 [pounds]? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6-8 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen.
"You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. A.I. was like my second-favorite player growing up, after M.J."
It's sometimes easy to forget just how amazing ...