Lebron James, an American basketball player from Ohio, is well known for being one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Having come from humble beginnings, with the sport in his heart, he has risen to the top of his game.
Nicknamed “King James,” Lebron has played for teams such as Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Clevland Cavaliers. Before his NBA stardom, Lebron was the star of his high school basketball team and was drafted straight out of there.
Read on to learn some interesting facts about this phenomenal basketball star.
Where is Lebron James From?
Born in Akron, Ohio to Gloria Marie James, Lebron Raymone James grew up constantly having to move around. His mother, who was only 16 years old when he was born, had to drop out of school to support him.
During his fourth grade year, it is said that he missed at least 100 days of school due to them having to move from apartment to apartment. This later led his mother to allow Lebron to go live with his basketball coach, Frank Walker.
How Old is Lebron James?
Lebron was born on December 30, 1984, to his 16-year-old mother in Ohio. This means that this phenomenal basketball player is currently 38 years old and is still going strong in his career.
It is important to note that James has been playing basketball since he was a young child and seemed to have a knack for it from the beginning. This led him to lead his high school basketball team to many championships.
How Tall is Lebron James?
Although his mother is only 5’5” tall, Lebron swoops in at a whopping 6’8”. This, at least, has been the official height listed by the NBA throughout his career.
The truth is, thanks to some rule changes, Lebron is said to be more like 6 feet 8.5 inches tall or maybe even slightly taller. Whatever his exact height, he is still tall enough to make a huge difference on whatever team he plays for.
He Married His High School Sweetheart
Lebron James met the love of his life, Savannah Brinson, when he was still in high school. Although she attended a different high school, when he saw her, he was mesmerized and shortly asked her out. The rest is history.
The high school sweethearts later married after his NBA career became solid. Along the way, Lebron James’ wife stuck by his side, not realizing that his fame would reach the heights that it has.
Together, Savannah and Lebron James’ kids have been able to grow up in the limelight of their father’s basketball career. Their kids include Lebron (Bronny) James, Jr., Bryce James, and Zhuri James.
What NBA Teams has Lebron Played For?
After his stellar performance during his high school career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, it was no surprise that Lebron would be drafted into the NBA right out of high school. Although he attempted to petition the NBA for an early draft his junior year, he had to wait it out.
Lebron was first drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers after his senior year of high school, and he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year. This made him the youngest player in NBA history to receive this honor after posting up around 20 points per game.
After playing for the Cavs for several years, in 2010, he became a free agent, and Lebron signed a contract with Miami Heat. Winning championship after championship for the Heat, he was honored once again in 2013 as the youngest player to win 20,000 points.
In 2014, Lebron returned to the Cavs while suffering some setbacks with his back and knee, he still was able to help his teammates win the first championship in the Cavs history during the 2015-2016 season.
By 2018, Lebron announced that he was ready to move on to the next stage of his career, which was a jump to the Los Angeles Lakers. At 37 years old, Lebron is said to be in contract with the Lakers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
What Number is Lebron James?
Lebron started out wearing the number 23 jersey in high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary and this number followed him into the NBA with the Cavs. It was only when he left to play for the Miami Heat that his number was changed to 6.
After returning to the Cavs in 2014, he was allowed to don the number 23 jersey once again, although he wore 6 during practices. Lebron continued with the number 23 until he played for the Lakers, where he petitioned the NBA for no other player to be able to where the number out of respect for Michael Jordan.
Lebron James Net Worth
Along with all of his basketball accomplishments, Lebron also has met many in his personal life as well. This phenomenal basketball player, who came from humble beginnings, became the first active basketball player in history to become a billionaire.
Lebron James’ net worth currently sits at around $1 billion. This billion came not only from his basketball career but from other investments and endorsements he has done over the years.
Because of this, it is clear to see that Lebron is not only a great basketball player, but he also has an eye for business and investments. Some of his endorsements include Nike, AT&T, PepsiCo, and Walmart, which have earned him a huge amount of money.
Not Just a Basketball Player
Although Lebron is most well known for his amazing skills on the basketball court, he also has many other things that he is passionate about. Even though he has played and is currently playing outside his hometown, he gives back to the community.
He has developed many great organizations and donations to organizations that help to combat the poverty issues in some areas. He created the Lebron James Family Foundation with his mother to help other families who are struggling.
This foundation specializes in helping children who are raised by a single parent and who are not able to gain access to certain resources.