Check out this oldie but goodie as Kirk Herbstreit interviews a young 16-year old LeBron James after winning the state championship.

By Robby Sabo

What a difference a full calendar year makes.

Last year around this time, LeBron James and his Miami Heat were being pummeled into submission by Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs. He had zero answers playing with two other superstars, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Now, LeBron enters the 2015 NBA Finals as the underdog-hero, rather than the favorite-villain. And boy is everything eating it up.

Check out this video that is making the rounds this afternoon on “Throwback Thursday.”

It’s LeBron sitting down with Kirk Herbstreit (before College Gameday) for an interview on Local Ohio 10TV.

Among other things, James was well-spoken as he let us all in on his secret about wanting to “be the best.”

“Everyday you gotta go out there and work because there’s someone out there working too. And if you stop, I think they’ll pass you up. So, my coaches push me. I push myself. My teammates push me. My mother brought me up real good.”

James will have his work cut out for him tonight as his Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

I think 16-year old LeBron would be proud of his progress.

H/T Uproxx

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]