LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio, on December 30, 1984. James has a natural talent for basketball from a young age. In 1999, he was persuaded to join the basketball squad at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. During his four years there, James amassed 2,657 points, 892 rebounds, and 523 assists.
After quitting college to join the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James became an instant sensation. He won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, and another with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, before joining the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
High School Basketball Career
James scored 18 points a game as a rookie. He scored 25 points in the championship game to help the squad win the Division III state championship. James’ outstanding basketball abilities were well-known, and he got multiple awards as a result of his efforts.
James was named to the USA Today All-USA First Team as a high school sophomore. He was the first sophomore to receive this honor. For the second year in a row, his team won the Division III state championship.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
James created history when he became the first member of the Cavalier team to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 2003-04 season. He was also the youngest player to achieve this accolade, at only 20 years old.
Furthermore, James, who was averaging 20 points per game at the time, was one of only three rookies to achieve this feat, joining Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
The following season, James continued to excel professionally in the NBA, increasing his average points per game to 27.2. In 2005, he created NBA history by being the youngest player to score more than 50 points in a single game.
During the 2007-08 season, James continued to assist the Cavaliers in improving their Eastern Conference ranking. The club advanced to the semifinals when they were defeated in seven games by the Boston Celtics. In terms of individual performance, James had a fantastic year, outscoring opponents like Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson by an average of 30 points per game, the highest in the NBA regular season.
LeBron James Miami Heats
James confirmed his signing with the Miami Heat for the 2010-11 season shortly after becoming a free agent. His followers in Cleveland were furious, and many saw his move as a betrayal of his homeland.
Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert penned an open letter shortly after James’ declaration, calling his move “selfish,” “heartless,” and a “cowardly betrayal.” James remained unfazed, finishing second in the league with 26.7 points per game in his debut season with the Heat.
James and the Miami Heat had a fantastic season in 2011-12. The great forward eventually got his first title when his team beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. James recorded 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in Game 5 to seal the victory. Following the game, James told FOX Sports, “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland, but I understood what my career was about.” “I knew [in Miami] we had a bright future.”
LeBron James Return to Cleveland Cavaliers
In July of 2014, after opting out of his contract with the Heat and considering other teams, James announced that he would be returning to the Cavaliers.
Los Angeles Lakers
On July 1, 2018, James revealed that he will be moving on to the next chapter of his career by signing a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, a renowned team that has produced legends such as Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson.
Championships and Rings
From the 2010-11 season until the 2018-19 season, James was a part of eight consecutive NBA titles. He won three championship rings during that period, twice with the Heat (2011-12 and 2012-13) and once with the Cavaliers (2015-16).
LeBron James Salary and Earnings
James earned $31 million in the 2016-17 season, making him the third player after Jordan and Bryant to earn that much. In July 2018, the NBA superstar signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers. He’s also a co-owner of SpringHill Entertainment, a production firm, and a shareholder in Blaze Pizza.
For the fifth year in a straight, Forbes magazine estimated James’ annual earnings at $88.7 million, making him the NBA’s highest-paid player.
LeBron James Wife and Kids
James proposed to Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart, on January 1, 2012. On September 14, 2013, the pair married in a private ceremony in San Diego with roughly 200 guests.
James and Brinson are the parents of two sons and a girl. LeBron Jr., James’ first child, was born in October 2004. Brinson gave birth to their second son, Bryce Maximus James, on June 14, 2007. Zhuri James, their third child, was born on October 22, 2014.