Sportblis presents you with amazing facts about LeBron James. This article covers his Biography, Family Facts, Relationship (Wife), Net Worth, Awards and other intriguing facts.
LeBron James, popularly known by his nickname ‘King James’ is an American professional basketball player. At the time of compiling these facts about him, James is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
To help you know more about him, here are 10 interesting facts about LeBron James that would enlighten you.
10 Facts About LeBron James:
1. LeBron James Bio:
LeBron Raymond James was born on the 30th day of December 1984, to his mother, Gloria Marie James, and father, Anthony McClelland in Akron, Ohio, the U.S. His mother was 16 when she gave birth to him.
Sadly, James’ father (Anthony) was an ex-convict who showed no interest in matters concerning his family. Hence, Gloria had no choice but to raise her only son on her own. Her deepest concern was to help James experience a normal childhood, like every other kid.
When James was growing up, his family encountered instability in many aspects of their lives. They consistently moved from one apartment to another in the seedier neighbourhoods of Akron.
The moment Gloria realised that her son would be better off in a more stable family, she allowed him to move in with Frank Walker and his household. Frank was a local youth football coach who introduced the future NBA star to basketball when he was nine years old.
2. LeBron James Ethnicity:
Over the years, the NBA has seen predominantly African-Americans show off unrivalled skills in the game. Just like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, James can’t hide the evidence of his African ancestry.
Apparently, his black skin has given off proof of his ethnicity. Of course, we can’t dispute the fact that his ethnicity can pose a dangerous threat to his life by making him a subject of racism. However, we are certain that his extraordinary qualities in the NBA can stand as an immunity that sheds him off the plots of his haters.
3. LeBron James Basketball Career Life:
Interestingly, LeBron James displayed a natural talent for basketball at a very young age. He was in fifth grade when he began playing organised basketball. As he continued to advance in age, his talents became even more visible.
James’ career journey began when he started featuring for Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball. There he made a few friends who were as talented as him.
Together, the young players led their team into enjoying success at both local and national level. As their bond grew stronger, they all decided to attend St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, which is a private catholic school that constitutes predominantly white students.
Despite all the controversy that accompanies their decision, LeBron James ended up winning the hearts of most of the students through basketball. Of course, he showcased a natural talent that got him recruited to the school’s basketball team in 1999.
High School Career:
As a new player for his school team, James never stopped displaying his unfathomable skills. In most games, he left most of the spectators bewildered at his skills.
With his consistent hard work, he became the first Junior to be named Gatorade National Player of the Year in boys’ basketball. While he advanced to his senior year, James continued to establish himself as the masterpiece of his team.
Subsequently, he was named Ohio’s Mr Basketball. Thereafter, he was selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team for two consecutive years.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–2010)
During the 2003 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him as the number 1 overall pick. From 2003 to 2010, James showcased an excellent performance for the Cavaliers in the professional league. He became the first Cavalier and the youngest NBA player to receive the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
The ensuing years of his career saw him breaking unrealistic odds as he rose to fame in the NBA. At the end of his contract in July 2010, James became a free agent and announced his intention to join the Miami Heat for the 2010–2011 season.
Miami Heat (2010–2014)
Sadly, his decision to leave the Cavaliers was treated as a betrayal to his hometown and team. Both fans and analyst were irritated by his sudden move to the Miami Heat.
To make matters worst, Dan Gilbert wrote an open letter that aggressively denounced James’ decision. Within that period, James bore the reputation of America’s most disliked athletes. However, he remained unperturbed with the entire incident.
Thanks to his unwavering conviction, he finally won his first title with the Heat in the 2011–2012 season. That same season, James became the youngest player to score 20,000 points at the age of 28.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–2018)
After his contract with the Heat expired in July 2014, James announced that he will return to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hence, he signed a new deal with the Cavaliers on July 12, 2014.
Due to injuries to his left knee and lower back, James missed 13 of the 82 regular-season games in 2014–2015. Despite the ordeal, he dominated the game that season with an average of 25.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game.
James and his team progressed to the NBA Finals for the fifth year in a row, becoming him the only player in nearly 50 years to accomplish it.
James led his club to the city’s first professional sports title in 52 years during the 2015–2016 season, overcoming the Cleveland Sports Curse. The Cavaliers made NBA Finals history by becoming the first team to come back from a 3–1 series deficit.
As a result of his amazing performance, he was named the Final’s MVP. For the first time in his 1,082 career appearances, James was ejected for shouting at a referee during the 2017–2018 NBA season. Check out his amazing performance in the video below.
Los Angeles Lakers (2018–present)
King James’ contract with the Cavaliers expired on the 29th day of June 2018, and he became a free agent. He declared joined the Los Angeles Lakers in July that same year and continued to display superior prowess in the game.
Given the controversies that accompanied his previous departure from the Cavaliers in 2010, public reaction to his transfer this time was more positive. James won his fourth NBA championship and fourth NBA Finals MVP Award in the 2019–2020 NBA season.
4. LeBron James Net Worth:
Interestingly, LeBron James ranks fifth in the 2021 World’s Highest-Earning Athletes ranking of Forbes. According to the analysis, he receives an estimated income of $96.5 million. His earnings include a salary worth $31.5 million as well as endorsements worth $65 Million.
As I compile these facts about LeBron James, we have estimated his Net Worth at a whopping sum of $500 Million. Hence, his Net Worth has placed him in the fifth position of the richest NBA players in history.
5. LeBron James Family:
As earlier stated, James didn’t get to share a close bond with his father. Indeed, his family went through a great deal of pain and anguish while he was still a little kid. While he never got to know much about Anthony McClelland, his father, James had to lean on his mother for all the support he needed.
No doubts, his mom’s resolve to help him grow so well has played a vital role in seeing the NBA king achieve a magnificent feat in the league.
James also has a half brother who bears the name Aaron McClelland Gamble. Sadly, his half-brother and stepmother had to go through a similar experience with his father. They were also abandoned by Anthony McClelland when Aaron was a little kid.
6. LeBron James Wife:
LeBron James is obviously one of the few athletes whose love life reflects what is attainable in soap operas. He has long dated his high school girlfriend, Savannah Brinson. Their relationship continued even after graduation.
Hence, James and Savannah took their boyfriend-girlfriend relationship to a whole new level as they tie the knot on the 14th day of September 2013, in San Diego, California. The couples have since then enjoyed a blissful marriage.
LeBron James Children:
It would interest you to know that James’ marriage to his wife (Savannah) gave rise to the birth of three children. His children are;
- LeBron James Jr. (son, born in October 2004)
- Bryce Maximus James (son, born on June 14, 2007)
- Zhuri Nova James (daughter, born on October 22, 2014)
7: LeBron James Football Career:
James may have played in the National Football League, according to some sports experts, football critics, high school coaches, and former and current players. As a freshman, James featured as a wide receiver for the football team of St. Vincent-St. Mary.
He was voted first-team all-state at the end of his sophomore year, and as a junior, he helped lead the Fighting Irish to the state playoffs. Due to a wrist injury acquired in an AAU basketball game, he did not participate during his senior year.
8. LeBron James Lifestyle:
With his enormous earnings, young talents like Anthony Edwards and Cade Cunningham would look forward to recording a huge career achievement like James. Apparently, the NBA icon lives a luxurious lifestyle.
James owns a house in Brentwood, Los Angeles which is 15,846 square feet. Similarly, he has another home in Brentwood which reportedly bought in 2015 with an estimated sum of $21 million.
Interestingly, his third house (pictured below) is the famous estate of the late soap opera icons, Bill and Lee Phillip Bell. It was worth $2.9 million in 1986 when it was purchased.
It appears the NBA star was quick in purchasing the mansion for an estimated sum of $39 million shortly after Bell’s death in 2020.
He once lived in Coconut Grove, South Florida, while playing for the Miami Heat. After his return to Cleveland in 2015, he sold his home for $13.4 million.
Aside from his houses, James also owns a lot of expensive rides in his car collection. The video below gives you complete information about James’ exotic cars.
9. LeBron James Tattoos:
The NBA king has got a penchant for tattoos. At the time of compiling these facts about LeBron James, he has inked about 24 tattoos on his body. Of course, all his body arts hold an important meaning in his life. The most notable of his tattoo is the ‘CHOSEN1’ inked on his upper back and a ‘Crowned Lion’ inked on his Right Bicep.
10. LeBron James Awards and Achievements:
Do you know?… In January 2018, LeBron James became the youngest player ever to score 30,000 points in NBA history. He was barely 33 when he achieved this record, making him the seventh player in NBA history to score such extravagant points.
The table below gives you a comprehensive career highlight and awards of LeBron James – one of the greatest players in NBA history.
|Awards||Year of Achievement|
|NBA champion (4)||2012, 2013, 2016, 2020|
|NBA Finals MVP (4)||2012, 2013, 2016, 2020|
|NBA Most Valuable Player (4)||2009, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|NBA All-Star (16)||2005–2020|
|NBA All-Star Game MVP (3)||2006, 2008, 2018|
|All-NBA First Team (13)||2006, 2008–2018, 2020|
|All-NBA Second Team (2)||2005, 2007|
|All-NBA Third Team (1)||2019|
|NBA All-Defensive First Team (5)||2009–2013|
|NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1)||2014|
|NBA Rookie of the Year (1)||2004|
|NBA All-Rookie First Team (1)||2004|
|NBA scoring champion (1)||2008|
|NBA assists leader (1)||2020|
|J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1)||2017|
|AP Athlete of the Year (3)||2013, 2016, 2018|
|Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (3)||2012, 2016, 2020|
|Time Athlete of the Year (1)||2020|
|USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1)||2012|
|Mr. Basketball USA (2)||2002, 2003|
|Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1)||2003|
|McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (1)||2003|
|Gatorade Player of the Year (2)||2002, 2003|
|First-team Parade All-American (2)||2002, 2003|
|Ohio Mr. Basketball (3)||2001–2003|
Quick Facts About LeBron James:
|Full Name:||LeBron Raymone James|
|Date of Birth:||30th of December 1984|
|Place of Birth:||Akron, Ohio, United States of America|
|Mother:||Gloria Marie James|
|Siblings:||Aaron McClelland Gamble (half-brother)|
|Children:||LeBron Jr (Son), Bryce Maximus James (Son), Zhuri James (Daughter)|
|Net Worth:||$500 Million|
|Height:||6 feet, 8 inches|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|