They stay it’s good to start them young. Building dreams starts with the planting of a single seed until it grows and is nurtured by passion, desire, and drive.
It starts with a single step that turns into a jog before breaking away with neck- breaking speed punctuated with a slam. Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng became great thanks to the inspiration given by their dads. But for these NBA players, most of them just picked up a basketball and fell in love with the game.
Some skipped college. Some had to go the whole stretch. But before they were ever this big, they were also little boys just running around.
Scroll down for photos of NBA stars during their childhood years:
1. Photo Grid via 9GAG
Oops. Sorry about that, Chris Bosh. 9Gag did it.
2. The Celtics via IGN.com
They might be together no more but here’s a photo grid of the ‘09 Celtics’ starting five.
3. Carmelo Anthony via sportsillustrated.cnn.com
You’ll find out getting photos taken studio started in a lot of NBA players’ younger years.
4. Blake Griffin via Twitter, @32BlakeG
Well this guy seems to be well- loved.
5. Jeremy Lin via http://elitedaily.com
And there’s the required annual photo.
6. Emeka Okafur via NBA.com
Another studio pic right here.
7. Kyrie Irving via espn.go.com
And this guy right here… went on to breaking ankles.
8. Paul George via facebook.com/Los Angeles Lakers from B/R
Looking to catch this young man in the post season.