LeBron James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
He is often regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time, which has resulted in frequent comparisons to Michael Jordan.
James’s teams have played in eight consecutive NBA Finals (2011–2018 seasons) between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. His accomplishments include three NBA championships, four MVP’s, three Finals MVP’s, and two Olympic gold medals.
James holds the all-time record for playoffs points, is third in all-time points, and eighth in all-time assists.
James was selected to the All-NBA First Team twelve times (all-time record), made the All-Defensive First Team five times, played in sixteen All-Star Games as All-Star MVP three times.
- Full name: LeBron Raymone James Sr.
- Born: 30 December 1984, Akron, Ohio, United States
- Height: 2.06 m
- Spouse: Savannah James (m. 2013)
- Current team: Los Angeles Lakers (#23 / Power forward, Small forward)
- Children: Bronny James, Bryce Maximus James, Zhuri James
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About LeBron James
James was born on 30 December 1984 in Akron, Ohio, United States. He is the son of Gloria Marie James, who was 16 at the time of his birth.
His father, Anthony McClelland, has an extensive criminal record and was not involved in his life.
When James was growing up, life was often a struggle for the family, as they moved from apartment to apartment in the seedier neighborhoods of Akron while Gloria struggled to find steady work.
Realizing that her son would be better off in a more stable family environment, Gloria allowed him to move in with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach who introduced James to basketball when he was nine years old.
James began playing organized basketball in the fifth grade. He later played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars.
The team enjoyed success on a local and national level, led by James and his friends Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee.
The group dubbed themselves the “Fab Four” and promised each other that they would attend high school together.
In a move that stirred local controversy, they chose to attend St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, a private Catholic school with predominantly white students.
James played basketball for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was heavily touted by the national media as a future NBA superstar.
A prep-to-pro, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick.
Named the 2003–04 NBA Rookie of the Year, he soon established himself as one of the league’s premier players, winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2009 and 2010.
After failing to win a championship with Cleveland, James left in 2010 to sign as a free agent with the Miami Heat.
This move was announced in an ESPN special titled The Decision, and is one of the most controversial free agent decisions in American sports history.
James won his first two NBA championships while playing for the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013; in both of these years, he also earned league MVP and Finals MVP.
After his fourth season with the Heat in 2014, James opted out of his contract to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
In 2016, he led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals coming back down 3–1, delivering the franchise’s first championship and ending Cleveland’s 52-year professional sports title drought.
In 2018, James opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers came back from consistent losing seasons to become first in the Western Conference upon the 2019–20 season being suspended.
Off the court, James has accumulated additional wealth and fame from numerous endorsement contracts.
His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America’s most influential and popular athletes.
He has been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials. He has also hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live, and appeared in the 2015 film Trainwreck.
The Lebron James Family Foundation charity builds upon his vision to improve education for students in Akron, Ohio.