LeBron James is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat team. He's been an NBA All-Star nine times and is well-known for the basketball records that he sets on a regular basis.
9 LeBron James Childhood
Born on December 30, 1984, LeBron's full name is LeBron Raymone James. He was born in Akron, Ohio to his mother Gloria, who was only 16 years old. Throughout his childhood, LeBron and his mother struggled financially and often had to move to different apartments in order to get by. When he was 9 years old, LeBron asked to live with his football coach, Frank Walker, and his family. His mother allowed him to move and soon after, LeBron ended up playing basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars.
He grew to be friends with his basketball team and they chose to go to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, which was a predominantly white high school. Throughout the time he attended this school he played basketball, winning many games for the school's team. His popularity caught on and soon fans were filling seats to basketball games in order to see James play. Throughout the time James played basketball at his high school, he also played football. In fact, he played wide receiver until his senior year, when he injured his wrist during a basketball game.
He ended up being named Ohio's Mr. Basketball for his excellence in play for three years in a row, which led to being in magazines, including Sports Illustrated. Throughout his high school career, LeBron played many games with his team, the Fighting Irish. Their team was able to travel to games around the country and was even offered pay-per-view games on television from ESPN. By the time LeBron was out of high school he had 2,657 points accrued from his basketball career.
His mother fully supported his career throughout high school and even purchased him a Hummer H2 for his 18th birthday. She used a loan given for her son's celebrity to pay for this, as she believed LeBron's career as a professional athlete was just beginning. Unfortunately this led to an investigation by OHSAA, as no player can accept a gift for their athletic performance and abilities.
8 LeBron James Career
Although LeBron really started his career during high school; he finally got drafted by the NBA in 2003. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he stuck with until 2010. Throughout the time James played for the Cavaliers he was able to play NBA All-Star Games and become one of the favorite players of the NBA. He helped this team qualify for the playoffs several times and scored more points than most other players in the NBA did.
In 2004 James even went to the Olympics in Athens, Greece, where he only played around 15 minutes per game. In the 2008 Olympics LeBron was able to play more than before and ended up helping the team win gold. Four years after this, he attended the 2012 Olympics and set history for having the first triple-double for the United States in the Olympics.
On July 1, 2010, LeBron's contract with this team ended and he became a free agent. Many of the biggest teams in the NBA made offers at this time, but he ended up going with the Miami Heat. Unfortunately he lost many of his fans due to this decision, as they wanted him to stay with the Cavaliers, which was where he got his first big break. The time he took and media he required to make his decision of going with the Miami Heat team also made him one of the most disliked athletes of the year.
James signed a six-year contract with Miami Heat on July 10th 2010. The criticism he faced during this time cause LeBron to lose a considerable number of fans that once hailed him as "the best". He has played well for the Heat and has continued to wine praise and awards for his great playing skills. He was also named the NBA Finals MVP because of his playoff averages.
7 LeBron James Income
LeBron makes a salary of around $46 million dollars per year through his endorsements as well as his NBA contract. He's one of the best paid NBA players and one of the best paid athletes.
6 LeBron James Net Worth
James has a net worth of around $110 million dollars.
LeBron James Spending Habits
LeBron has been in entertainment news as having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in nightclubs and on bar tabs. He also spends money on his various estates and on cars, clothing, jewelry and vacations.
5 LeBron James Car
LeBron owns a Ferrari F430 Spider, a Camaro SS, a Bentley and a Porsche. He's constantly purchasing new cars to grow his collection.
4 LeBron James Home
James purchased a Coconut Grove home in 2010 for $9 million dollars. This mansion overlooks Biscayne Bay and has eight bedrooms with six bathrooms. It also has a wine cellar, pool, library, home theater and a dock for yachts.
3 LeBron James Relationship
LeBron is currently engaged to long time girlfriend Savannah Brinson. They have recently set a date for their wedding to take place in the near future.
2 LeBron James Kids
James and Savannah Brinson have two children together, as they have dated since 2000. The first child was born on October 6, 2004 and his name is LeBron James Jr. The second child was born on June 14, 2007, and his name is Bryce Maximus James.
1 LeBron James Future
Despite losing fans when he changed teams to The Heat, James is still enjoying a flourishing career. He plays well and is still paid to endorse some of the biggest companies in the world. Some of the companies he continues to endorse include: Nike, Dunkin' Donuts, State Farm, McDonalds and Bubblicious. These contracts are worth millions of dollars each and contribute to most of his net worth today.
The future for LeBron looks bright, as the world waits to see who he will sign with when his Heat contract is up. He's one of the most valuable players in the NBA, meaning he will have a lot of opportunities available to him in the future.
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