Watch: In 2001 interview, 16-year-old LeBron James aims to be best player in NBA

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AKRON, Ohio -- As LeBron James continues to break records during the NBA Finals, a 2001 10TV interview has been released from when he was a sophomore at St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School.

His long-term goal as a tenth grader? To be the best player in the NBA. At the time, he was the best sophomore basketball player in the country.

"Every day you have to go out there and work because someone will be out there working too, and if you stop, they can pass you up," he said. "Every day, My coach pushes me, I push myself, my teammates push me. My mother brought me up real good...that helps me be level-headed."

Fourteen years later, he's played in seven NBA Finals and continues to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in every way.

In Game 3 Tuesday, he scored 40 points. So far this series, he's scored 123 points -- the most ever scored by a player during the first three games of the finals.

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