There are less than a handful of people, dead or alive, who can claim to be the greatest basketball player of all time. One of these people is Cleveland Cavaliers forward, LeBron James.
The 6-foot, two-hundred-fifty-pound specimen of an athlete who skipped college to play professional basketball right after high school with sportswriters and enthusiasts who referred to him as “The Chosen One” is a three-time NBA championship winner as well as the NBA playoff’s top scorer to date, among numerous other achievements.
James is not only the perfect athlete and the supposed face of the NBA but also a well-known role model who cares about people and his hometown, giving back record amounts to children and families in situations he found himself in as a child.
LeBron James was born on 30 December 1984 in Akron, Ohio, as LeBron Raymone James for his 16-year-old single mother Gloria Marie James.
During his childhood, James did not always have a roof over his head and a meal to eat while his mother struggled to find and keep a job. She and her son always moved from one run-down apartment to another until she agreed to pass it on to the family of a local youth football coach named Frank Walker so that her child could grow up in a stable environment.
At the age of about 9, James was introduced to basketball by coach Walker. Before attending high school, James had already begun to master the sport while playing and had great success both locally and nationally with the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars in the Amateur Athletic Union.
His talents ensured that he had the choice to attend every high school in the country for which he attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 1999. In his first year, James scored an average of 18 points per game and led his team to the State Division III title as the news of the next Michael Jordan began to spread. In his junior year, James was so dominant among his colleagues that he thought about giving up his senior year and becoming a pro. However, he ensured that he completed his high school education by earning the school a total of three state titles and earning them the national top position this year.
LeBron James quickly qualified for the 2003 NBA Draft, where he was selected as the first overall prize by his home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. James showed his critics almost immediately that he was worth the hype when he scored 25 points in his first regular game of the season. At just 20, James became the youngest person ever to be named NBA rookie of the year. He also scored 20 points per game throughout the season, an achievement ever achieved by only two other players in the history of the game: Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
James continued to write history in the league as he broke records on the way there. Until 2006, he led his team to their first playoff qualifier since 1998, and the following year, after James was eliminated in the second round by the Detriot Pistons last year, he took matters into his own hands and took revenge on the team to win the Cavaliers their first-ever Eastern Conference Championship. In the 2007 NBA final, he was finally swept away by the San Antonio Spurs.
In the 2007/08 season, LeBron James became Cleveland’s leading goal scorer with an average of 30 points per game. His performances did not go unnoticed in the following seasons as he was named the league’s most valuable player for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, whereupon he decided to swap Cleveland for Miami to team up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Miami Heat was a huge success for James, who went straight to the NBA finals four times but only won twice. He has also voted the most valuable player twice before deciding to return to Cleveland in 2014. Cleveland was immediately transformed into an NBA Championship participant as it was the worst team in the league since James left them four years ago.
LeBron James has since won one of his three trips to the NBA finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first franchise title ever and the city’s first professional sports title in 52 years. He is currently on his fourth trip to the finals where he hopes to win Cleveland his second NBA title.
LeBron James’s Family – Mom, Dad
LeBron James’ mother, who had him at the age of only 16 and was described by the athlete as his everything, is Gloria Marie James. His biological father was identified as Anthony McClelland, who was just a random friend of his mother’s when she received him. Due to his absence from James’ life, his mother’s long-time friend Eddie Jackson acted as a father figure for James, although he spent several years in prison for fraud and drug selling.
Who is LeBron James Wife? His Sons, and Daughter (Kids)
LeBron James is married to his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. The couple exchanged their vows on September 14, 2013, at a private ceremony in San Diego, California.
Together the couple has three children: first a son named LeBron James Jnr. born in October 2004, then another son named Bryce Maximus James born in June 2007, and finally a daughter named Zhuri James born in October 2014.