The King of the Court, LeBron James

LeBron James
Sun, 1984-12-30

LeBron James, an African American professional basketball player, was born on this date in 1984.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the only child of Gloria James who was 16 at the time his birth and just six months shy of graduating from high school. His childhood improved when his mother began a relationship with Eddie Jackson. Young James did not have much contact with his biological father and Jackson became a father figure to him. He regularly attended James' high school basketball games.

Young James was named Ohio's "Mr. Basketball" three times and was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA star while still in high school. James finished his high school career with 2,657 points, 892 rebounds, and 523 assists. At the age of 18, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before his NBA debut, he signed a $90 million shoe contract with Nike.

In his first season, he was the Rookie of the Year and in the following three seasons received All-NBA and All-Star honors. He led the Cavaliers in back-to-back playoff appearances in 2006 and 2007. In the latter year, the team advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1992, and the NBA Finals for the first time in Cleveland's history. James was also a member of the United States men's national basketball team that won the bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics and he finished second in the league's Most Valuable Player balloting in 2006. Since leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat James has been on two NBA Championship teams. In July, 2014 after loosing in his fourth trip to the NBA finals James decided to to return to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers.

James has three children with his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson. They were married in 2013. The children are LeBron James, Jr., born on October 6, 2004, Bryce Maximus James, born on June 14, 2007 and one daughter, Zhuri James.

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