July 12, 2010

LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade stories from the SI Vault

LEBRON JAMES

• Ahead of His Class By Grant Wahl, February 18, 2002Ohio high school junior LeBron James is so good that he's already being mentioned as the heir to Air Jordan.

You Gotta Carry That WeightBy Jack McCallum, October 27, 2003Can an 18-year-old shoulder the burden of a league, a city and a few corporations?

The Future Is Now By Charles P. Pierce, February 21, 2005When you consider the dazzling arc of his career, it's no surprise that LeBron James, at the tender age of 20, is being measured against the greatest players in the NBA.

LeBron Act IIBy Chris Ballard, April 24, 2006He's the Cavaliers' leader and an MVP candidate-and deep down, at 21, still a kid. LeBron James charges into the second phase of his unparalleled career with his playoff debut this weekend.

The Power Of LeBronBy Chris Ballard, February 02, 2009He outweighs centers and outruns guards. He is getting bigger, stronger and smarter -- he even sees better. To appreciate the ways in which is evolving, first you have to break him down.

DWYANE WADE

Without a BlemishBy Seth Davis, December 17, 2001Marquette is off to a 9-0 start behind multitalented rookie guard Dwyane Wade.

Super SidekickBy Jack McCallum, January 17, 2005In just his second season, versatile guard Dwyane Wade (a.k.a. Flash) has turned Miami into the team to beat in the East, while helping Shaq to forget you-know-who.

Dwyane's WorldBy Chris Ballard, July 5, 2006In just his third NBA season, Dwyane Wade blossomed from an exciting talent into a true -- and truly unique -- superstar as he carried the Heat to its first championship.

A Flying FinishBy Jack McCallum, July 5, 2006Down two games to none against Dallas, Miami hitched its hopes and dreams to the soaring Dwyane Wade, who carried the Heat to four straight victories and the team's first NBA championship.

The Power Of OneBy Phil Taylor, January 19, 2009Sure, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have their teams atop the standings, but what Dwyane Wade has done is no less impressive: single-handedly lift the Heat into playoff contention.

CHRIS BOSH

That Other RookieBy Jack McCallum, December 22, 2003NBA fans already know top picks LeBron and Carmelo, but 19-year-old Chris Bosh is making a name for himself with the rejuvenated Raptors.

Heir CanadaBy Ian Thomsen, January 30, 2006Chris Bosh has assumed the mantle of franchise player in Toronto, but unlike his predecessors he'd prefer to stick around.

Play By The RulesBy Alexander Wolff, August 25, 2008Frustrated in the past by the international rule book, the U.S. team, led by reserves Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, has shown the ability to adapt ? and to dominate.

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