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Leon Powe
Leon Powe
Position: None
Born: 01/22/84
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Powe and James were teammates with the Cavaliers during the 2009-10 season and occasionally would reminisce about their Soldiers days. “He would tell everybody, ‘That was Leon’s team, man,’ ” Powe said. Andrews said that James last attended a Soldiers game five years ago, but his mom still comes to games on occasion. James also visited with Olivier and met his 15-year-old daughter Jaidan for the first time after the Cavaliers played the Warriors in Oakland on Jan. 9. “LeBron always told me he wanted to meet my daughter that my wife was pregnant with when we met him,” Olivier said.
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While James was a local basketball star in Akron, Ohio, at that time, he was largely unknown to the rest of the nation when he came to play in a tournament for the AAU Oakland Soldiers in 2000. The Soldiers were founded in 1990 in the Oakland suburb of Richmond. Twenty-five years later, it has now grown into an AAU powerhouse with alumni that include James, Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings, Leon Powe, Aaron Gordon, Chuck Hayes, Jabari Brown, Kendrick Perkins and Stanley Johnson. Fifteen years after first playing for the Soldiers, James returns to the Bay Area to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. “It’s amazing because that part of his life he never talks about publicly,” Olivier said. “But I thought we had some good times and we still talk about it.”
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The last time he competed at an NBA level was during the 2012 Summer League as a member of the Chicago Bulls, following a stint in Puerto Rico. He struggled, and the effects of all the injuries he had sustained over the years were visible on the court. At 28 years old, his career came to a close. “I really wasn’t jumping the way I wanted to jump. I wasn’t really moving like I used to move,” Powe said. “Therefore, some of the things that I used to do I can’t do anymore because of the injuries I had. “I wanted to make sure my knees were good, because you can feel good but you’ve got to know what’s going on inside. That’s what I told myself because I want to walk when I’m a little older, 40, 50. … I talked to my agent and a couple members of my family. They said if your knee is not feeling 100 percent and you feel like there’s something wrong, you don’t want to just keep getting surgeries and surgeries to go play. “[The hardest part is] watching, knowing what you used to do and knowing what you can do. But knowing if you do so much of it, your knee is probably going to hurt. I just don’t want to take that risk right now.”
via Basketball Insiders