LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).Who has been taking the NBA by storm with his tenacity, athleticism, and competitive attitude? He is the current starting forward with the Lakers. He has cemented his way in the NBA by throwing some nasty dunks and getting some nice blocks with his amazing vertical, reminding people of a young Michael Jordan. He is known to be the best high school prospect since Kobe and a very strong comparison to Jordan. He is the only active player in the NBA to be a billionaire. Like he always says he is just,” A kid from Akron, Ohio.’’ No wonder he is called “King James.”
Lebron James played basketball for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and was heavily touted by the national media as a future NBA superstar. A prep-to-pro, he was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Named the 2004 NBA Rookie of the Year. Lebron and his single mom who had him at 16 were in a lot of poverty and they kept shifting houses. His father, Anthony McClelland, has an extensive criminal record and was not involved in his life. His mom had a hard time finding a job so she let Lebron stay with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach who introduced him to basketball when he was nine years old.
Lebron was said to be the best high school prospect since Kobe, he was the number one overall pick in the 2003 draft. He along with Wade and Anothony formed a formidable friendship over the years. He made an almost immediate impact when he started playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the 2006 All-Star Game, James led the East to victory with 29 points and was named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.
Behind final season averages of 31.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, he also finished second in overall NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting to Steve Nash. Under James's leadership, the Cavaliers qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1998. In his postseason debut, James recorded a triple-double in a winning effort versus the Washington Wizards. In Game 3 of the series, he made the first game-winning shot of his career, making another in Game 5. Cleveland would go on to defeat the Wizards before being ousted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round.
Let's not forget he won Rookie of the year in his first year. He would stay in Cleveland till 2010, he was not supported well by his teammates all of them depended on him, basically, he did not have his “ Robin” as Michael did, this sprung up a lot of controversies that Lebron is not a leader and he doesn't know how to win a championship. A lot of talk about him is about how he's not clutch or not a team player and not a champion. Lebron wanted to prove his haters wrong and the chance arrived for him to switch sides he decided to move to South beach to Miami Heat and make a formidable team with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. While all this drama unfolded he was MVP of the league and a part of the defensive team as well.
The Heat won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. He was the finals MVP and MVP of the league during this time and proved everyone who ever doubted him wrong. He had promised a championship to his beloved hometown of Cleveland. He signed with the Cavs in 2014 which was welcomed by the Cavs fans, they also made a trade for Kevin Love from the Timberwolves and with Kyrie Irving, they formed an impressive trio. The 2016 Finals are the best Finals series I have personally watched. The Cavs down 3-1 in the series win the rest of the games and go on to win the finals. This Cavs team was the first team in history to make a comeback from 3-1 down in the finals. Lebron would eventually leave Cleveland again in his hunt for greatness he signs with the Los Angeles Lakers and there he would win his fourth championship in the 2020 season and still continues to strive for greatness.
He is a four-time MVP, he won his first MVP in 2009 and went on to win in 2010,2012 and 2013. He was performing day in and day out and made sure that he was always looked at as one of the greatest of all time. He averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting in 2013. We know now that he is close to reaching the most number of points scored in NBA history. Doing all this at the age of 38 is just remarkable he has maintained his body so well. He is one of the few athletes who spend the most on their bodies. He has been a pioneer for the game of basketball and he has inspired generations of basketball players. He has been known for his off-the-court activism which honestly makes him even more deserving of the MVP. He has opened a school called the I Promise School in Akron Ohio which helps kids from weaker parts of society they also focus on after-school daycare and help children and parents in any way possible.
1st in career Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) (129.79)
25.36 more than the next player on the list.
2nd in career Box Plus/Minus (8.93).
Behind Michael Jordan (9.22).
Most consecutive double-digit scoring games: 1096 games.
Most times being named Conference Player of the Week (64 times).
Most times being named Conference Player of the Month (46 times).
Most All-NBA First Team selections (13).
Most 20-point game in NBA history (1,135).
2nd the most 30-point game in NBA history (516).
Behind Michael Jordan (562).
2nd career in Player Efficiency Rating or PER (27.59).
‘The King’ is the one and only player in NBA history to record at least 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists.No other player has at least 9,000 rebounds and 9,000 assists, regardless of points.
Lebron is the only player in NBA history to post at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 100 steals in a single season for at least eight seasons.
Only player in NBA history to post at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season for at least eight seasons.
Only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points per game for 18 consecutive seasons.
Only player in NBA history to be in the top 5 all-time in points, top 10 all-time in assists, and top 10 all-time in steals.
Lebron James is worth around 1$ billion as of 2023. James and his business partner Maverick Carter own production company SpringHill Entertainment, whose first work was the Lions Gate documentary More Than a Game, which was released in 2009 and chronicled James's high school years. James is a shrewd investor who has invested his money in different portfolios he owns a part of Blaze pizza and also is a partner for a tequila brand Lobos. He also has shares in the football team Liverpool, which ended up being a great investment. He’s taken equity in brands like smart gym maker Tonal and ride-share giant Lyft as well. In 2020, James and Carter rolled everything into The SpringHill Company after raising $100 million from backers including James’ investment advisor Paul Wachter and Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of News Corp billionaire Rupert Murdoch. Last October, James sold a “significant minority stake” at a $725 million valuation to a handful of investors, including RedBird Capital Partners, Fenway Sports Group, Nike and Epic Games. James is the company’s largest single shareholder, although his stake is believed not to exceed 50%. His contract with the Lakers recently got extended to the 2024-2025 season for $97.1 million. He is the highest-paid player in NBA history.
He has 5 mansions which are worth around $100 million. He has two mansions in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The mansion he currently resides in boasts just under 16,000 square feet of space and has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Like his Beverly Hills home, this property also has an indoor-outdoor flow between the main living spaces and the expansive garden thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. One of the main living rooms also has full sliding glass doors. The home comes with many high-end amenities such as a wine cellar, a game room with a pool table, a home theater, a cigar room with air-purifying technology, and a fully furnished gym that is half inside the home and half outside. The gym is directly linked to a spa with a steam room, shower, sauna, and massage room. There is even an elevator that takes you to the rooftop terrace for breathtaking views. He sold his second Brentwood mansion in 2021 for $19.6 million after having an asking price of $ 20.5 million. He also has a house in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles, a mansion in Miami and also a Mansion in his hometown of Akron Ohio. Lebron sold his Miami mansion recently. He also signed a lifetime deal with Nike in 2015 worth more than a billion dollars.
Lebron James is married to his high school sweetheart Savannah James. They have three children: two sons—Bronny and Bryce—and a daughter Zhuri. Lebron is a family man who spends quality time with them. Both his sons are highly skilled basketball players, he wants both of them to play in the NBA. In fact, it is his dream to play with Bronny on the same court for the same team. He isn't very close to his father Anthony McClelland, who was not a part of his life growing up. He was in and out of prison. This is one of the reasons he takes his mom's surname Gloria James as his. There are some speculations that he has a stepbrother from his father's side but these are just speculations and there is no concrete evidence to support this claim.
Lebron has around 24 tattoos on his body all having deep meanings for him
A. In 2012, LeBron James invested $1 million in a pizza chain called Blaze Pizza and opened two outlets. He even turned down a $15 million extension offer from McDonald’s to invest in Blaze Pizza instead. As of 2020, his investment has increased forty times, and his equity stake at the company is worth approximately $40 million.
A. He was an instant success on the court and given his immense popularity, he was an instant target for endorsements from the initial days of his career. Over the years, he has grown into a brand, and back in 2020, his net worth was $450 million.
A. It costs a lot to be at James’s camp, it is approximately around $500 for the camp and $685 for overnight and it is sold out.
A. Yes, he is a billionaire in 2023. He is the first active player in the NBA to achieve this status.
A. He is worth around 1$ billion approximately, he has done this with calculated investments. Having a great basketball IQ on the court shows off the court as well by making exemplary decisions on his finances.