September 2, 2014
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James struggled with sudden fame after
appearing on Sports Illustrated's cover as a 17-year-old and admits he smoked marijuana during his junior year in high school.
Those are two of the revelations in a book chronicling James' rise from Ohio hoops prodigy to NBA superstar.
In "Shooting Stars," written by James and co-author Buzz Bissinger, James said the SI cover and the media attention he and his high school teammates received was difficult to handle.
"We had become big-headed jerks, me in particular," James said, "and we are to blame for that, but so are adults who treated us that way and then sat back and smugly watched the self-destruction."
James also revealed he and his teammates smoked marijuana one night after getting access to a hotel room in Akron.