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For LeBron James, Toronto festival is “More Than a Game”

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rtr21nfu.jpgBefore he became King James of the basketball court, he was a boy from the ‘hood who grew up under the media spotlight from the time Sports Illustrated crowned him “The Chosen One”.

The story of LeBron James and the storied state championship team he lead at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s high school is well-documented, but what isn’t as well known is the story of friendship and loyalty among the boys he played with. They happened to be pretty good at basketball, too.

More than a Game,” a documentary by first-time director Kristopher Belman, that debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, follows James and his teammates Willie McGee, Sian Cotton, Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce III on their journey to the state championship.

Born in Akron, Ohio, the same hometown as James, Belman decided to turn a camera onto a high-school basketball team for a small school project. It later turned out to be more — much more. Never-before-seen footage and candid interviews show how the boys handled growing up, on and off the court, under the guidance of Coach Dru Joyce.

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