LeBron James, whose full name is LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and widely considered to be among the greatest basketball players in NBA history. Discussions ranking James as the greatest basketball player have often been subject to significant debate, with frequent comparisons to Mr. Michael Jordan. His teams have played in 8 consecutive NBA Finals since 2011 till 2018 seasons between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. Raymone James’s accomplishments include 3 NBA championships, 4 NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, 3 Finals MVP Awards, 2 Olympic gold medals among others. Raymone holds the all-time record for playoffs points, is 3rd in all-time points, and 8th in all-time assists and was selected to the All-NBA First Team 12 times, made the All-Defensive First Team five times, and has played in 16 All-Star Games, in which he was selected All-Star MVP 3 times.
LeBron played for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, where James was heavily touted by the national media as a future NBA superstar. In 2003, LeBron joined Cleveland as the first overall draft pick and named the 2003/2004 NBA Rookie of the Year. Soon, LeBron established himself as among the league’s premier players, winning the NBA MVP Award two conservative years (2009 and 2010). In 2010, he left to sign as a free agent with Miami, after failing to win a championship with Cleveland. The move was announced in an ESPN special called The Decision. This is among the most controversial free agent decisions in American sports history. LeBron won his first two NBA championships while playing for the Heat between 2012 and 2013. He also earned league MVP and Finals MVP from 2012 to 2013. He opted out of his contract to re-sign with the Cavaliers after his fourth season with the Heat in 2014. LeBron led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals by coming back from a 3–1 deficit, delivering the franchise’s first championship and ending Cleveland’s 52-year professional sports title drought in 2016. LeBron opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers to sign with the Lakers in 2018.
LeBron Raymone was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio.
LeBron James Family
He is the son to Gloria Marie James and Anthony McClelland, whos has an extensive criminal record and was not involved in his life. The 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, when James was growing up. Gloria allowed James to move in with the family of Frank Walker, realizing that her son would be better off in a more stable family environment, a local youth football coach who introduced him to basketball when he was 9 years old.
Bronny James is an American basketball player who attends Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth in Los Angeles and is the oldest son of professional basketball player LeBron Raymone James.
LeBron got married to Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart and the two had three children together before parting their ways, Bronny who was born in 2004, Bryce who was born in 2007 and Zhuri who was born in 2014. LeBron proposed to her at a December 31, 2011, party celebrating New Year’s Eve and his 27th birthday, and they got married on September 14, 2013, in San Diego, California.
LeBron James Career
LeBron was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of a 2003 NBA draft. He scored 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut performance, in his first regular season game. In 2004–05, he earned his first NBA All-Star Game selection, contributing 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a winning effort for the Eastern Conference. Teams took note of his rapid development, around the league, with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl telling Sports Illustrated ‘It is weird talking about a 20-year-old kid being a great player, but James is a great player. LeBron is the exception to almost every rule. He scored 56 points against the Toronto Raptors, on March 20, setting Cleveland’s new single-game points record. James was named to his first All-NBA Team, with final averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. The Cavaliers again failed to make the playoffs, despite a 30–20 record to start the year, finishing the season 42–40.
He finished second in NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award voting, at the end of the 2008–09 season, and made his first NBA All-Defensive Team, posting 23 chase-down blocks and a career-high ninth three total blocks. LeBron also became the only fourth postmerger player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single season. Cleveland went a franchise record 66–16, behind his play and the acquisition of All-Star guard Mo Williams, and fell just one game short of matching the best home record in league history. LeBron became the first Cavalier to win the MVP Award, with final averages of 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. John Hollinger later wrote, ‘James’ having what is arguably the greatest individual season in history, and it is time we gave him his due for it,’ reflecting on LeBron’s performance for ESPN.
On July 10, 2010, LeBron officially signed with the Heat. James became only the third reigning MVP to change teams, with the move, and the first since Moses Malone in 1982. The Heat threw a welcome party for their new “big three” at the American Airlines Arena, that evening, an event that took on a rock concert atmosphere. He predicted a dynasty for the Heat and alluded to multiple championships, during the gathering. The spectacle was not well-received, outside of Miami, furthering the negative public perception of LeBron. The media and opposing fanbases treated him and the Heat as villains, throughout the 2010–11 season. They struggled to adjust to these new circumstances, to begin the year, going only 9–8 after 17 games. Later LeBron admitted that the constant negativity surrounding the team made him play with an angrier demeanor than in years back. He faced the Cavaliers in Cleveland for the first time since departing as a free agent on 2nd December.
LeBron scored 38 points and led Miami to a win while being booed every time he touched the ball. With James averaging 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game on 51% shooting, the Heat eventually turned their season around and finished as the East’s second seed. He opted out of his contract with the Heat, on June 25, 2014. He officially became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014. He revealed through a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated that he intended to return to the Cavaliers on July 11, 2014. James’ announcement to return to Cleveland was well received, in contrast to The Decision. He officially signed with the team, on July 12, 2014, who had compiled a league-worst 97–215 record in the 4 seasons following his departure. The Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, a month after his signing, forming a new star trio along with Kyrie Irving.
The 2016–17 season was marred by injuries and unexpected losses for the Cavaliers which LeBron later described it as one of the ‘strangest’ years of his career. James publicly criticized Cleveland’s front office for constructing a team that he felt was too ‘top heavy’, following a January defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans, for which he received counter-criticism. With James averaging 26.4 points and career highs in rebounds (8.6), assists (8.7) and turnovers (4.1) per game, the Cavaliers finished the season as the East’s second seed. James registered 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists against the Pacers, in Game 3 of the first round of the postseason, leading Cleveland to a comeback victory after trailing by 25 points at halftime, representing the largest halftime deficit overcome in NBA playoff history. He scored 35 points and surpassed Michael Jordan as the league’s all-time postseason scoring leader, in Game 5 of the Conference Finals against the Celtics. The Cavaliers won the game and the series, advancing to their 3rd consecutive Finals against the Warriors, who had signed LeBron’s rival Kevin Durant during the off-season. LeBron became the first player to average a triple-double in the Finals, but Cleveland was defeated in five games, behind averages of 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists per game.