Often regarded as the best basketball player, LeBron Raymone James Sr or LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio. He started playing organized basketball in the fifth grade. His high school freshman year started with playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary’s varsity basketball team. However, James was prodigiously talented in more than just basketball. Moreover, there were many people who believed he could have played in the NFL. But he is now playing in the National Basketball Association. (NBA).
He is married to his high school friend, Savannah Brinson, and has a daughter, Zhuri James. Also, LeBron James’ sons are Bronny James or LeBron James Jr, and Bryce Maximus James.
His NBA career kick-started when he was picked by his hometown team, Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Moreover, by the end of the season, he became the first Cavaliers player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, and it took just one more season for him to earn his first NBA all-star call-up.
In the next few years, he rose as one of the best players in basketball. He ended his contract with the Cavaliers in 2010 and was a superstar by then. As a free agent, LeBron was reported to have been contacted by quite a few teams before he finally signed for Miami Heat.
Four years later, he opted out of his Heat contract and moved back to his hometown team, where he became the first player to play five consecutive finals since the 1960s.
Though he played for years for the Cavaliers in his second stint, he opted out of the contract and signed for Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. However, as LeBron James’ Lakers season was disturbed by injuries in 2018, the 2019-20 NBA season would be a fresh start for him.
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King James is one of the richest players in the NBA. According to Forbes, he was the fifth highest-paid athlete in 2020, as his annual earning is estimated to be $88.2 million. Moreover, throughout his extraordinary career, James is estimated to have accumulated a net worth of $500 million.
In addition to Nike, James’ endorsement partners include Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre, Blaze Pizza, and 2K Sports
In the ongoing 2020-2021 NBA season with Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron is averaging 23.8PPG with 7.3APG. Moreover, his career stats have set their own benchmark with 27.1PPG, 7.4APG complimenting them with 7.4RPG.
According to Spotrac, LeBron James’s current contract was signed in 2018 with the Los Angeles Lakers for a period of 4 years- which is worth $153,312,846, including $153,312,846 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $38,328,212.
Moreover, James signed a two-year max extension with the Lakers in 2021 that will keep him at the franchise till 2023. He signed a massive $85 million contract that will come into effect from the 2021-22 season.
As part of his charity work, the basketball player set up the LeBron James Family Foundation. The foundation raises and donates money for several charities such as the Boys and Girls Club of America, After-School All-Stars, the Children’s Defense Fund, Gabriel’s Angle Foundation, and ONEXONE.
I Promise School: Most recently, James has made headlines because he built his brand new I Promise School for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. However, the news isn’t surprising, as James has proven how much he values education. This the same guy who paid for 1,000 kids to attend college and started “Wheels for Education,” a program that provides school supplies, access to computers, and even bicycles to low-income kids.
According to a study by Forbes, James’s $32 million shoe deal with Nike is second only to Michael Jordan’s massive $132 million deal. In addition to his main signature shoe with Nike, which is now in its 17th version, LeBron James also lends his name to Nike’s Zoom Soldier line.
|NBA Championship Rings||4 (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)|
|Height||6′ 8″ (2.03 m)|
|Endorsements||Beats Electronics, RIMOWA, Coca-Cola, KIA Motors, Nike|
|Hand Span and Feet Length||9.25inches and size 15|
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