GROSS: LeBron James, welcome to Fresh Air. Do you remember the very first time that you dunked?
Mr. JAMES: Yeah, I was in eighth grade, and my middle school every year has a teachers-versus-students game. You know, they play the basketball team. And in warm-ups, I have no idea what got into me, but it was so - it was so electric in this gym. I think this gym holds probably, like - oh, it holds probably, like, I'd say probably about 45 people in there. That's a lot, right, for an eighth-grade game, 45 people?
And, you know, the crowd was, you know, the students was having a great time, and, you know, we got out of school early. And in the warm-ups, I just decided I don't know, I was going to jump as high as I could and try to dunk. And I did it. You know, I went up and dunked the basketball. I don't know what got into me that day. And then when the game started, I got a breakaway and did it again, and the crowd went crazy. And that was, like, one of the best moments of my whole life.