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Nike To Name Building After Lakers Superstar LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is getting a building named after him by Nike, the sportswear giants announced this week.

The 15-time NBA All-Star has been part of the Nike family since 2003 and has made the company billions with his lifetime sneaker deal. They are now looking to reward his loyalty by naming their World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon after him.

"Today, Nike announced it has named the latest building in its World Headquarters (WHQ) campus expansion after LeBron James, two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

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"The LeBron James Building is the sixth new building at Nike WHQ, a project that kicked off in early 2015."

LeBron took to Instagram to express his gratitude after being told.

"Man this is so surreal! When I got the call this was happening I couldn’t believe it! I was literally shedding tears," he wrote.

"You guys know where I come from but if you don’t I come from the inner city projects, single mother, only child, and statistics would suggest I would never EVER make it out let alone be alive still to tell you about it. Now I’ll have my own building at the Nike Head World Quarter where my family and I legacy will live on forever.

"The home of the Advance Innovation team and new state of the art Nike Sports Research Lab! Everything will get made and lab tested in my building! Like WHAT?!?!? THIS IS BEYOND CRAZY‼️ I wanna thank Nike once again for taking a chance on a 18 year old kid from Akron, OH. I’m proud to be #SwooshLifeForLife."

The building will house a Nike Research Lab five times bigger than the team's current space, a full-size basketball court, a 200-meter endurance track, a 100-meter straightaway, and an artificial turf training pitch.

It will be opened next year.

In the meantime, LeBron is looking to add a fourth ring, his first with the Lakers, after winning two championships with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The team acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans via trade in the summer and the pairing is expected to bring the purple and gold their first NBA title since Kobe Bryant led them to two in 2009 and 2010.

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