Billionaire LeBron James Hosted a Thanksgiving Party at His $9.2 Million Mansion in 2013 Due to One Reason

Published 11/25/2022, 6:00 AM EST
Apr 5, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James against the Phoenix Suns in the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has multiple properties in different cities across America. He has homes in Cleveland, Miami, and obviously, now in Los Angeles. But there was a time when he hosted a Thanksgiving party for his Miami Heat teammates. And instead of hosting it in Miami, he got to throw that party at his $9.2 million mansion in Ohio. 

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James was the overall first pick in the 2003 NBA draft. And even before playing on an NBA court, ‘The King’ already had multiple endorsements offered to him. Furthermore, one of the first major purchases he did during his time in Cleveland was to buy a 30,000 sq. ft mansion in Akron, Ohio.

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Good news for LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates

The 19-room mansion features a ton of things in it. It has six bedrooms and eight full toilets along with six and a half toilets as well. The mansion also has a two-lane bowling alley, a theater, a barbershop, an aquarium, a sports activities bar, an on line casino, and a two-story stroll-in closet in the master bedroom.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

And that is where James decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner for his Miami Heat teammates. And the only reason he held that dinner in his Akron, Ohio mansion was the fact that the Miami Heat were on the road to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013. 

It was quite obvious that the team would’ve preferred to spend Thanksgiving in Miami instead of Cleveland with their families. But they were lucky as LeBron James already had a property in the city and all of them got to spend it together. 

LeBron James made sure to take care of every small detail to make it a memorable dinner for his teammates. His wife Savannah and his chef reportedly split the cooking duties.

James made everyone take off their shoes

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His co-star from their Heat days, Dwyane Wade said, “We’re not at home with our families for Thanksgiving, but it couldn’t work out any better that at least we could be in someone else’s home.”

“And it’s a very nice home that we’re going to, so I’ll make sure I’ll put on the right clothes and the right socks, gotta-take-your-shoes-off-at-the-door type of house,” added Wade.

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James even posted a picture on his Instagram of his whole team posing together. In fact, the image was a collage that also showed all of them wearing their socks. Something James made sure to capture and upload on his social media as well.

What do you think of this throwback story of LeBron James during his Heat days in 2013? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Edited By: Veer Badani

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