You can hate him or love him but you cannot ignore him because his impact on the world even off the court has been unmatched. And he has touched another milestone, as Nike honored him with a LeBron James Innovation Center.
Here's the First Look into the HQ!
This 750,000 square-foot building near Beavertown, Oregon, is a place the brand plans to create the future in sports science. The architecture is ecstatic and stands out, just like the athlete. It is absolutely gigantic. It has a mini basketball court, and the hardwood floor has stickers filled with accolades of LeBron James, along with a 200-meter track.
The building is made to house 700 staff members wih the technical aspect going on the ground floor. But even for LeBron, the most important part of the center is the restaurant 'Glo', named in the honor of his mother, Gloria Marie James. Inside he restaurant, there is a mural showcasing highlights of his career.
The building was designed to push boundaries of athletes in their own unique way. At the entrance, the architect has designed a 15.63% incline ramp that extends more than 500 ft. This is not just for the aesthetics but is also a training campus that is void of any natural hills.
What really helps this research center stand out from the other labs is that it is the world's largest motion-capture installation (over 400 cameras) and 97 force plates. These force plates are a sensitive, they can record someone's heartbeat by simly standing on it.