Childhood & Early Life
LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, to Gloria Marie James and Anthony McClelland an exconvict. Gloria raised him on her own as his father was uninterested in being a parent.
Realizing he would be better off with a more stable family, Gloria allowed him to live with the family of Frank Walker who introduced him to basketball when he was nine years old.
He played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars and chose to attend St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, a white private school, instead of their local public school.
In his senior year too he was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball and USA Today All-USA First Team and Gatorade National Player of the Year for the third and second consecutive years respectively.
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James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft. He was eventually named the Rookie of the Year, finishing with averages of 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game.
At 19, LeBron became the youngest member of the basketball squad in 2004 Athens Olympics but he spent most of the time on the bench.
He made NBA history again in 2005, when he became the youngest player to score more than 50 points in one game. He was selected for the NBA All-Star game for the first time.
With averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, he became the youngest player in NBA history to be named to an All-NBA Team, in the 2004–05 seasons.
In 2006, he helped his team beat the Wizards in the first round of playoff. Against the Pistons in the semifinals, even his average of 26.6 could not secure his team’s victory.
After the 2006 Playoffs, James and the Cavaliers negotiated a three-year, $60 million contract extension with a player option with the option of seeking a new contract as an unrestricted free agent.
The Cavaliers proved to be stronger competitors in 2007, reaching the NBA finals, beating Detroit to win the Eastern Conference but lost in the finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
During the 2007-08 season, the Cavaliers improved their standing in the Eastern Conference. The team made it to the semifinals, where they were defeated by the Boston Celtics in seven games.
Year 2008 was a stellar one for him as he outperformed rival players as Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson by scoring an average of 30 points per game, the highest average in the NBA regular season.
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In 2008, he traveled to Beijing, with the likes of Bryant, Jason Kidd and Dwyane Wade on the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and brought home the gold after defeating Spain in the finals.
Shortly after becoming a free agent in 2010, he announced that he would be joining the Miami Heat for the upcoming season. He finished second in the league, scoring 26.7 points per game.
James competed at his third Olympic Games in 2012, in London, along with teammates Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, and the team brought home the second consecutive Olympic gold.
At the end of the 2012-13 season, against the San Antonio Spurs, Miami transformed a seemingly impossible championship win into reality, winning their second consecutive national title with a 3-4 victory.
In 2014, LeBron James opted out of his contract with Miami Heat and signed with Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2014–15 season, Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA finals and in the process James became first player since the 1960s to play in five consecutive NBA finals.
His 2015–16 season was marred by controversies which also included the midseason firing of Cavaliers' coach David Blatt. But in spite of all this LeBron James performed admirably and the third player to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals Game.
LeBron's stint with Cleveland Cavaliers ended in 2018 and thereafter, he signed a contracts with Los Angeles Lakers.
In February 2019, James became the fifth NBA player to reach 32,000 points. On March 6, 2019, in a game against Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan to become the fourth highest scorer on the NBA list.
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Awards & Achievements
James’ team ‘Miami Heat’ won the NBA championship for two consecutive years from 2012 and he was declared NBA Most Valuable Player, which he had been winning for two years already.
He was part of the Olympic gold winning American team at Beijing (2008) and London (2012) games, and a bronze at Seoul Olympics (2004). He also has gold and a bronze FIBA Americas Championship medals.
The 2011-12 season ended with Miami Heat beating Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA Championship - James’ first NBA title. In the final game, he scored 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.
He made NBA history in 2013, at age 28, he became the youngest and 38th NBA player to score 20,000 points, succeeding Kobe Bryant of the Lakers—who accomplished this feat when he was 29.
Family & Personal Life
LeBron James married Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart. Together they have three chidren; two sons: LeBron James, Jr. (born 2004) and Bryce Maximus James (born 2007), and a daughter Zhuri James (born 2014).
A philanthropist, he is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Children's Defense Fund, and ONEXONE. He has also established his own charity foundation called the LeBron James Family Foundation.