It's where she got her own values, and she wanted the same for her son. At the time, Frank Walker ("Big Frank") was coaching the boy's peewee football team, the South Rangers.
That, she came to realize, meant putting him into someone else's hands. He saw potential in the newly minted fifth-grader, but more important, he saw need.
At first, she had her own mother to lean on, to turn to for help raising the boy.
"The Walkers were also concerned that I was being passed from place to place, that I was a nomad at the age of 9," James writes in Shooting Stars.I know how important a mother is, and every day we are together is special to me. Gloria James gave birth to her son, Le Bron, on Dec. For the first few years of his life, they shared a large Victorian home in Akron, Ohio, that had been in the family for generations. For the next three years, James and his mother moved 12 times."Being a mother -- it's the toughest job in the world. In his autobiography, Shooting Stars, co-written by Buzz Bissinger, James recalls his mother's struggles to maintain the household on a tight budget. He shuffled from school to school, where friendships began and ended every few months.He writes, "Whatever my mom could do or could not do, I also knew that nobody was more important in her life than I was.You have no idea how much that means when you grow up without so many of the basic things you should have.Nike signed him to a million contract before he played his first professional game. "I can't take credit for that one." When he was 3 years old, she gave him a toy basketball set for Christmas.