Lovingly known as King James by his fans, the American basketball player is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders’ of all time; his strength, skills, and height have become the benchmark for aspiring basketball players everywhere. Because of his exceptional form and technique, he has quickly become one of America’s most influential and popular athletes.
The star has bagged three NBA championships and has been drafted in the all-NBA first team a total of 12 times. Not only that. LeBron also holds the record of being the youngest player to accumulate 30,000 career points at the age of only 33.
LeBron is now the face of the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most successful professional American basketball. LeBron James is among the NBA’s highest-ranked and best-paid players. Although it seems as if life has always been this easy for LeBron, the reality is slightly different.
Coming from a poor black household, the basketball prodigy has dealt with quite several hurdles along the way. Even after facing a rough upbringing extreme criticism from the media and several injuries, the star has never backed down.
It all started when LeBron was born on December 30th, 1985, in Akron, Ohio, his mom Gloria Murray James was only 16 when she had LeBron. The sad part is that LeBron’s dad Anthony was an ex-convict who stayed absent pretty much throughout his entire life.
Because of her young age, LeBron’s mom struggled to find a permanent job. This resulted in LeBron’s early childhood years being spent moving from home to home and growing up with little to no money.
However, things took a turn when the boy turned nine. His mom decided that he needed a stable home to grow up in, so she sent him off to live with his coach Frankie Walker whose family graciously accepted LeBron into their home.
Walker introduced LeBron to the world of basketball. He started playing the game when he was in the fifth grade, and he hasn’t stopped since then.
On the court, he was averaging at 18 points per game. Right at the start of his high school basketball career, something that will most definitely go down in history, he went on to the USA Today all-USA first-team award and became the first-ever sophomore to win this title.
James even made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece. He went on to compete in the 2004 2008 and 2012 Olympics bringing several medals home. All of these records helped LeBron jump straight from high school into the NBA.
LeBron helped the team through a rough spot. He was the first Cavalier player to ever win the NBA Rookie of the Year award at only 20 years old. Although his team wasn’t really at the top of their game, LeBron himself was succeeding beyond expectations with an average of 26 points six per game. Everyone knew LeBron was someone to watch out for; however, because of the team’s below-par performances and Zero wins, LeBron turned into a free agent in 2010.
Outside the courts, the player has used his influence to talk about pressing issues that are close to his heart, mainly racism.
As of 2019, LeBron James is happily married to Savannah Brinson. He is the father of three children and earns 88.7 million a year. The man has broken away from the shell of just a basketball player and has downright become the face of the game.
With nearly everyone considering him a legend and an inspiration, LeBron James has completely dominated the world of basketball I think we can all agree it’s fantastic to see LeBron James turn his disadvantages into his superpowers and impact the world.