Incredible Image: Photographer Gets Nearly Identical Shots of LeBron Dunking in Sacramento in 2003 and 2013

Photographer Rocky Widner, who snaps pictures for NBA Entertainment, took the picture on the left during LeBron James’s NBA debut against the Sacramento Kings on October 29, 2003. James had 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a losing effort.

Widner also took the picture on the right, this time during the Miami Heat’s victory over the Kings on Saturday.

The photographer, player, move, angle, and arena are all the same, just separated by 9 years and 2 1/2 months.

Photos by Rocky Widner via Facebook.com/NBA

Photos by Rocky Widner via Facebook.com/NBA

There were a lot more people in the stands at Sleep Train/ARCO Arena a decade ago.

Oh, and that’s Francisco Garcia getting posterized there on the right.

From the NBA’s Facebook page.



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Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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