Born: 30th December 1984, Akron, Ohio
Sam Viviano caricatured LeBron James shortly after he went first overall to the Cavs in the 2003 NBA draft, and the resulting portrait wound up in the Desmond Devlin-Frank Jacobs collaboration "MAD's Deck of Least-Wanted Americans" (MAD #434, October '03).
Writer David Shayne wasn't especially impressed with LeBron James' early years in Cleveland, and poetically called him out (with an assist from artist Hermann Mejia) in "The NBA From A to Z," which ran in MAD #465 (May '06).
In one of the more bizarre broadcasts in modern pro sports, LeBron James announced his decision to sign with the Miami Heat as a free agent in 2010 with a one-hour ESPN show called The Decision, broadcast live from the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut. Writer Desmond Devlin and artist Sam "Jack Syracuse" Viviano channeled Seth MacFarlane (producing the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show at the time) for this entry in the 2010 MAD 20 Dumbest list, which ran in MAD #507 (February '11).