On June 26, 2003, high school phenom LeBron James officially joined the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the No. 1 overall draft selection.
Front Row has clipped the vintage 2003 NBA Draft video from ESPN’s archives: Watch then-NBA Commissioner David Stern announce the selection and welcome James to the NBA in the video above; in the video below, James is interviewed for the first time on ESPN as an official member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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EDITOR’s NOTE: ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas was part of the draft coverage in 2003. Watch his analysis of James then on Front Row’s Vimeo channel.
The 2003 NBA Draft videos are courtesy of NBA Entertainment.