LeBron Raymone James Sr. is a professional basketball player who plays for the LA Lakers. Nicknamed ‘King James’, he is also considered as one of the best to ever grace a basketball court. Basketball may be his claim to fame, but he is much more than a basketball player. He is one of the icons of the world.
As famous as he may be now, he started off just as any other child aspiring to play professional basketball. He was born on December 30th, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. He attended St. Vincent- St. Mary High School where he became a sensation, leading his high school to multiple state titles and winning the Gatorade National Player of the Year two years running. After his senior season, he declared for the 2003 draft making him a part of a select few to have done so.
The 2003 NBA Draft Class is considered as one of the best ever draft classes of the NBA. LeBron James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick. His first season in the league was a roaring success, increasing the team’s wins by 18 from the previous season. He ended up winning the Rookie of the Year which would be his first of an endless list of accolades.
LeBron James has had an illustrious career spanning 18 years spread across 3 franchises that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. He started his career at the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the free agency period of 2010, he took his talents to the South Beach to play for the Miami Heat with which he spent 4 silverware laden years. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 with a promise to deliver a championship ring which he did in 2016 after a hard fought finals battle with the Golden State Warriors.
After reaching the finals every single season during his second tenure and a record 8 times in a row (including his tenure in Miami), he completed his move to Hollywood, joining the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018 free agency period. King James delivered a championship ring to LA in 2020 and also became the first player to win 3 Finals MVPs with 3 different teams. The narrative of him being able to only succeed in the eastern conference was put to rest.
He also represented the USA Basketball Men’s Team at 3 Olympic Games (2004, 2008, and 2012), winning 2 Gold Medals and 1 Bronze in the process.
NBA Awards and Accolades
|NBA Championship||2012, 2013, 2016, 2020||Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers|
|NBA Finals MVP||2012, 2013, 2016, 2020||Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers|
|NBA MVP||2009, 2010, 2012, 2013||Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers|
|NBA All-Star||17 times 2005-2021||Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers|
|NBA Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP||3 times 2006, 2008, 2018||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|All-NBA First Team||13 times 2006, 2008-2018, 2020||Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers|
|All-NBA Second Team||3 times 2005, 2007, 2021||Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers|
|All-NBA Third Team||2019||Los Angeles Lakers|
|All-NBA Defensive First Team||5 times 2009-2013||Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat|
|All-NBA Defensive Second Team||2014||Miami Heat|
|NBA Scoring Champion||2008||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|NBA Assists Champion||2020||Los Angeles Lakers|
|NBA Rookie of the Year||2004||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|All-NBA Rookie First Team||2004||Cleveland Cavaliers|
As great of a basketball player he is, he is as good as an entrepreneur. According to a recent report by Forbes, he is not a billionaire as of yet with a net worth of around $850 million. He has earned around $400 million just through his NBA contracts. LeBron James is one of the most marketable names in the world due to which he has earned $600 million through his various endorsements, appearances in movies, and his shrewd investments.
LeBron James married his highschool sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, in 2013. They have 3 kids together: 2 sons Bronny James (born in 2004) and Bryce James (Born in 2007), and a daughter Zhuri James (Born in 2014).