American basketball player LeBron Raymone James Sr. (/ l ə ˈ b r ɒ n/; born December 30, 1984) is an American expert basketball gamer for the Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed King James, he is widely thought about among the best players in NBA history and is frequently compared to Michael Jordan in debates over the greatest basketball gamer ever.
The only player to have actually won NBA champions with three franchises (the Cleveland Cavaliers Miami Heat, and the Lakers) as NBA Finals MVP James has actually competed in 10 NBA Finals, eight of them consecutively with the Heat and the Cavaliers from 2011 to 2018. His achievements include 4 NBA champions, four NBA MVP NBA Finals MVP awards, and 2 Olympic gold medals. Throughout his 18-year career, James holds the record for all-time playoffs points, is 3rd in all-time points, and eighth in profession assists. James has actually been picked to the All-NBA Group a record 17 times (with a record of 13 First string selections and 11 consecutive First string choices, the latter of which is shown Jordan and Karl Malone ), made the NBA All-Defensive First Team 5 times, and has been called an All-Star 17 times, consisting of three All-Star MVP James played basketball for St. Vincent–-- St. Mary High School in his home town of Akron, Ohio, where he was heavily promoted by the nationwide media as a future NBA superstar. A prep-to-pro, he was picked by Cleveland with the first overall pick 2003 NBA draft. Called the Rookie of the Year, he soon developed himself as one of the league's premier players, winning the NBA MVP Award in 2009 and 2010. After failing to win a championship with Cleveland, James left in 2010 to sign as a complimentary agent with Miami. This relocation was revealed in an ESPN The Decision, and is among the most controversial free-agent choices in sports history. James won his very first 2 NBA championships while playing for the Heat in; in both of these years, he likewise made league MVP and Finals MVP. After his fourth season with the Heat in 2014, James opted out of his contract to re-sign with the Cavaliers. In, he led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors NBA Finals returning from a 3–-- 1 deficit, delivering the franchise's first championship and ending Cleveland's 52-year professional sports title drought. In 2018, James exercised his agreement choice to leave the Cavaliers and signed with the Lakers, where he won the 2020 champion and was granted his fourth Finals MVP. In 2021, James became the very first gamer in NBA history to build up $1 billion in earnings as an active gamer.
), and television commercials. He has actually hosted the ESPY Awards Saturday Night Live, and won 19 ESPY Awards himself. He also appeared in films such as Trainwreck Space Jam: A New Legacy. James has actually been a part-owner of Liverpool F.C.
considering that 2011, with the club winning the 2018–-- 2019 UEFA Champions League Premier League. Having become more involved in humanitarian and activist pursuits later on in his career, James's charitable organization, the LeBron James Household Foundation, assisted open a grade school, real estate complex, and neighborhood center/retail plaza in his home town of Akron.
James was born upon December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio, to Gloria Marie James, who was 16 at the time of his birth.
: 22 His daddy, Anthony McClelland, has an extensive rap sheet and was not involved in his life.
When James was growing up, life was often a battle for the family, as they moved from apartment or condo to apartment or condo in the seedier neighborhoods of Akron while Gloria had a hard time to find steady work.
Recognizing that her son would be better off in a more stable household environment, Gloria allowed him to relocate with the family of Frank Walker, a regional youth football coach who introduced James to basketball when he was 9 years old.
James started playing arranged basketball in the fifth grade.
He later played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars.
The team delighted in success on a local and national level, led by James and his buddies Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee.
: 24 The group called themselves the Fab 4 and guaranteed each other that they would attend high school together.
As a freshman, James averaged 21 points rebounds per video game for the St. Vincent–-- St. Mary varsity The Fighting Irish went 27–-- 0 en path to the Department III state title, making them the only kids high school team in Ohio to end up the season unbeaten.
As a sophomore, James averaged 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds with 5.8 assists steals For some home games during the season, St. Vincent–-- St. Mary dipped into the University of Akron's 5,492-seat Rhodes Arena to please ticket need from alumni, fans, as well as college and NBA scouts who wanted to see James play.
The Combating Irish finished the season 26–-- 1 and duplicated as state champions.
For his exceptional play, James was named Ohio Mr. Basketball and picked to the U.S.A. Today All-USA First string, ending up being the first sophomore to do either.
Prior to the start of his junior year, James was featured in Slam, an American basketball magazine, and writer Ryan Jones lauded him as potentially the very best high school basketball player in America today.
During the season, James likewise appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first high school basketball underclassman to do so.
: 104 With averages of 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 helps, and 3.3 steals per game, he was again named Ohio Mr. Basketball and chosen to the USA Today All-USA First String, and ended up being the very first junior to be named male basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year: 117 St. Vincent–-- St. Mary completed the year with a 23–-- 4 record, ending their season with a loss in the Department II national championship.
: 114 Following the loss, James unsuccessfully petitioned for a change to the NBA's draft eligibility rules in an attempt to go into the 2002 NBA draft Throughout this time, he used cannabis, which he said was to help handle the tension that resulted from the continuous limelights he was receiving.
Throughout his senior year, James and the Combating Irish traveled around the country to play a variety of nationally ranked groups, consisting of a video game on December 12, 2002, versus Oak Hill Academy that was nationally telecasted on ESPN2 Time Warner Cable, aiming to capitalize on James's appeal, provided St. Vincent–-- St. Mary's games to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis throughout the season.
: 143 For the year, James balanced 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 helps, and 3.4 steals per video game, was called Ohio Mr. Basketball and picked to the USA Today All-USA First Team for an unprecedented third successive year,: 178 and was called Gatorade National Player of the Year for the 2nd consecutive year.
He took part in 3 year-end high school basketball all-star games the EA Sports Roundball Classic Jordan Capital Classic, and the McDonald's All-American Video game National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility and making it main that he would get in the 2003 NBA draft.
Likewise throughout his senior year, James was the centerpiece of numerous debates. For his 18th birthday, he skirted state amateur bylaws by accepting a Hummer H2 as a present from his mother, who had secured a loan for the lorry by utilizing James's future making power as an NBA super star.
This triggered an investigation by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) because its standards mentioned that no amateur may accept any gift valued over $100 as a benefit for athletic performance. James was cleared of any wrongdoing because he had actually accepted the luxury car from a relative and not from an agent or any outside source.
Later in the season, James accepted 2 throwback jerseys worth $845 from an urban clothing store in exchange for positioning for pictures, formally breaking OHSAA guidelines and leading to him being stripped of his high school sports eligibility.
James appealed the ruling and his charge was ultimately dropped to a two-game suspension, enabling him to play the rest of the year. The Irish were also required to forfeit one of their wins, their only official loss that season.
In his very first video game back after the suspension, James scored a career-high 52 points.
St. Vincent–-- St. Mary went on to win the Department II champion, marking their 3rd department title in four years.
As an underclassman, James played pass receiver for St. Vincent–-- St. Mary's football: 51 He was recruited by some Division I programs Notre Dame At the conclusion of his sophomore year, he was named first team all-state, and as a junior, he assisted lead the Combating Irish to the state semifinals.
He did not play during his senior year due to the fact that of a wrist injury that he sustained in an AAU basketball video game.
2003–-- 2004: Novice season
James was selected by his home town team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first total pick of the 2003 NBA draft In his very first routine season video game, he scored 25 points versus the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record for many points scored by a prep-to-pro gamer in his launching efficiency.
At the conclusion of the season, he became the very first Cavalier to get the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and with last averages of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 helps per video game, he also ended up being just the third gamer in league history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 helps per game as a novice.
Cleveland ultimately finished the season 35–-- 47, failing to make the playoffs regardless of an 18-game improvement over the previous year.
2004–-- 2008: Rise to superstardom
James earned his first NBA All-Star Game, contributing 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a winning effort for the Eastern Conference Around the league, teams remembered of his rapid development, with Denver Nuggets George Karl telling Sports Illustrated, It's unusual speaking about a 20-year-old kid being a fantastic gamer, however he is a terrific player ... He's the exception to almost every rule. On March 20, James scored 56 points against the Toronto Raptors, setting Cleveland's new single-game points record.
With last averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 helps, and 2.2 takes per game, he was called to his first All-NBA Team Despite a 30–-- 20 record to begin the year, the Cavaliers again failed to make the playoffs, finishing the season 42–-- 40.
James gets his dribble versus Caron Butler Washington Wizards in November 2006.
James takes part in his pre-game routine of tossing crushed chalk into the air in March 2008; the routine was primarily ended after 2011.
2006 All-Star Game
, James led the East to victory with 29 points and was called the NBA All-Star Game Most Prized possession Gamer Behind last season averages of 31.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 6.6 helps per game, he also finished second in general NBA Many Belongings Player Award Steve Nash Under James's leadership, the Cavaliers received the playoffs for the very first time since 1998.
In his postseason debut, James recorded a triple-double in a winning effort versus the Washington Wizards In Game 3 of the series, he made the first game-winning shot of his profession, making another in Game 5.
, James's averages declined to 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6 helps, and 1.6 takes per video game.
Some experts associated the fall to a regression in his passing skills and shot selection, which came from an absence of effort and focus.
The Cavaliers completed the season with 50 wins for the second consecutive year and went into the playoffs as the East's 2nd seed.
In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, James notched 48 points with 9 rebounds and 7 helps, scoring 29 of Cleveland's last 30 points, consisting of the game-winning layup with two seconds left in a double-overtime game versus the Pistons After the game, play-by-play commentator Marv Albert called the performance among the greatest moments in postseason history and color analyst Steve Kerr described it as Jordan ESPN ranked the efficiency the fourth greatest in modern-day NBA playoff history.
The Cavaliers went on to win Video game 6 and claim their first-ever Eastern Championship game earning them a match with the San Antonio Spurs the Finals During the champion round, James had a hard time, balancing 22 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per video game on simply 35.6 percent shooting, and Cleveland was eliminated in a sweep In February of the 2007–-- 08 season, James was called All-Star Video game MVP for the second time behind a 27-point, 8-rebound, and 9-assist performance.
On March 21, he moved previous Brad Daugherty as the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer in a game versus the Raptors, doing so in over 100 less video games than Daugherty.
His 30 points per game were likewise the highest in the league, marking his very first scoring title In spite of his individual achievements, Cleveland's record fell from the year before to 45–-- 37.
Seeded 4th in the East getting in the playoffs, the Cavaliers beat the Wizards in the preliminary for the third consecutive season prior to being eliminated in 7 video games by the eventual-champion Boston Celtics in the next round.
Throughout the decisive seventh game in Boston, James scored 45 points and Paul Pierce scored 41 in a game the Associated Press referred to as a shootout.
2008–-- 2010: MVP seasons
DeShawn Stevenson in April 2008. The two had a brief fight after Stevenson called James overrated.
At the conclusion of the 2008–-- 09 season, James finished second in NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award ballot and made his first NBA All-Defensive Team chase-down blocks and a career-high 93 overall blocks.
He likewise ended up being only the 4th postmerger gamer to lead his group in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single season.
Behind his play and the acquisition of All-Star guard Mo Williams, Cleveland went a franchise record 66–-- 16 and fell simply one video game except matching the very best house record in league history.
With final averages of 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 takes, and 1.2 blocks per game, James became the very first Cavalier to win the MVP Award.
Reflecting on James's efficiency for ESPN, John Hollinger later on composed, He's having what is probably the greatest private season in history, and it's time we provided him his due for it. the playoffs, Cleveland swept the Pistons Atlanta Hawks to make a match with the Orlando Magic in the Conference Finals.
In Game 1 of the series, James scored 49 points on 66 percent shooting in a losing effort for the Cavaliers.
In Game 2, he hit a game-winner to tie the series at 1–-- 1.
Cleveland would lose the series in six games, and following the loss in Video game 6, James instantly left the flooring without shaking hands with his opponents, which was an act that lots of media members deemed unsportsmanlike For the series, he averaged 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 8 assists per video game, completing the postseason with a profession playoff-high 35.3 points per game.
In February of the 2009–-- 10 season, James was forced into a temporary point player role following a series of injuries to players in the Cavaliers' backcourt.
Behind his leadership, Cleveland lost no momentum, completing the year with the very best record in the league for the 2nd successive season.
Due in part to his increased minutes as the Cavaliers' main ball handler, James increased his analytical production, averaging 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 helps, 1.6 steals, and 1 block per video game on 50 percent shooting en path to another MVP Award.
the playoffs, Cleveland advanced past the Bulls to earn a matchup with the Celtics in the second round.
James was greatly slammed for not playing well in Video game 5 of the series, shooting only 20 percent on 14 shots and scoring 15 points.
The team suffered its worst loss in franchise history, and at the conclusion of the video game, James strolled off the court to a smattering of boos from Cleveland's house crowd.
The Cavaliers were officially gotten rid of from the postseason in Game 6, with James publishing 27 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists, and nine turnovers in the losing effort.
James with the Cavaliers in November 2009. He finished his very first stint with the Cavs balancing 27.8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 helps, and 1.7 takes per video game.
James became an unlimited complimentary agent Throughout this time, he was gotten in touch with by numerous groups, consisting of the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers Miami Heat New York City Knicks New Jersey Nets, and Cavaliers.
On July 8, he revealed on a live ESPN unique titled The Decision that he would sign with the Heat.
The telecast was relayed from the Boys & & Girls Club Greenwich, Connecticut and raised $2.5 million for the charity. An additional $3.5 million was raised from advertising revenue, which was donated to other charities.
The day prior to the unique, fellow free agents Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade likewise revealed that they would sign with Miami;
reports later on arose that back in 2006 the trio had actually talked about amongst themselves their upcoming 2010 totally free agencies.
James decided to accompany Bosh and Wade in part so that he might take on less of the offending load; he thought that his improved teammates would give him a much better possibility of winning an NBA champion than had he remained in Cleveland.
Pat Riley played a significant function in selling James on the concept of having fun with Bosh and Wade.
James would be alleviated of the concern of scoring, and he thought he could be the first player given that Oscar Robertson to balance a triple-double in a season.
Upon leaving the Cavaliers, James drew intense criticism from sports analysts, executives, fans, and current and previous players. The Choice itself was likewise inspected and considered as unneeded. Many thought that the prolonged wait for James's choice was less than professional as not even the groups courting him were aware of his decision till moments before the show.
Upon learning that James would not be going back to Cleveland, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released an open letter to fans in which he strongly denounced James's actions.
Some upset fans of the team taped videos of themselves burning his jersey.
Former NBA players, consisting of Michael Jordan Magic Johnson, were likewise vital of James, condemning him for joining with Bosh and Pitch In Miami and not trying to win a championship as the guy.
James drew further criticism in a September interview with CNN when he claimed that race may have been a factor in the fallout from The Choice.
As an outcome of his actions during the 2010 free agency period, he rapidly got a reputation as one of America's most disliked professional athletes, which was a transformation from previous years.
The phrase taking my talents to South Beach became a laugh line for critics.
In retrospection, James has actually revealed some remorse over his handling of The Decision.