Fri, Jun 21, 2013 9:00 AM EDT

LeBron James and the Miami Heat captured their second straight NBA champioship on Thursday night in thrilling fashion against the San Antonio Spurs. James dominated with 37 points and was named the series' most valuable player. It's hard to remember that James, who's only 28 years old, has been in the spotlight since around the time he got his driver's permit in high school. He first captured the country's attention as a spindly teenager playing  high school ball in Akron, Ohio.

Behold: an ESPN segment from James' high school career in which he talks how he wants to elevate his game and become the best. Mission: accomplished.