"A lot of memories though, lot of memories in here," James remarked, walking across the court.
"Are you any place even remotely close to your peak?" Kroft asked.
"I don't wanna say I got a long way to go," James replied. "I don't think I got a long way to go. But it's gonna take a little process."
One the court, James spontaneously showed off his extraordinary skill, tossing a ball through the hoop from top of the key to the opposite basket.
"How many times can you do that in a row?" Kroft asked, laughing.
"I'm one take, baby, that's all. I'm just one take," he replied.
You could just tell he had done that many times here before, in a place where he made lasting friends and learned lessons that have endured.
"When did you first realize that basketball might become a vehicle for changing your life?" Kroft asked.
"Probably around the middle school days, you know 6th, 7th, 8th. That's one thing Coach Dru, my high school coach, and my AAU coach, a father figure to me, he always said. He said, 'Use basketball as a vehicle to get to where you want to go.' And I didn't know what that meant. You know, but now that I look back on it, I was like, 'Wow, you know, we didn't let the game of basketball use us, we used it,'" James said.
By the age of 12, he was traveling the country with the best schoolboys from Akron playing in AAU tournaments against national competition. Touted as one of the best sixth graders in the country, James was already being tracked by professional scouts. When it came time to go to high school, his team decided to go to St. Vincent's-St. Mary's together.
"So, you brought your whole AAU team," Kroft remarked.
"Most part, yup, for the most part," James replied.
And their coach also came to the school. They ended up winning a national championship.