1. LeBron Raymone James was born on December 30 1984.
2. He is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
3. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.
4. James has won two NBA championships (2012, 2013), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), two NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), an NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004).
5. He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer.
6. James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar.
7. After graduating, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cavaliers
8. James led Cleveland to the franchise’s first Finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in a highly publicized ESPN special titled The Decision.
9. James played four seasons for the Heat, reaching the Finals all four years and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.
10. In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, the third longest in league history.
11. Following his final season with the Heat, James opted out of his contract and re-joined the Cavaliers.
12. Behind his leadership, Cleveland advanced to the Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors.
13. Off the court, James has accumulated considerable wealth and fame from numerous endorsement deals.
14. His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America’s most influential and popular athletes.
15. He has been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials, has hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live, and starred in the 2015 film Trainwreck.
16. He was born to a 16-year-old mother, Gloria Marie James, who raised him on her own.
17. Growing up, life was often a struggle for the family, as they moved from apartment to apartment in the seedier neighborhoods of Akron while James’ mother struggled to find steady work.
18. Realizing he would be better off with a more stable family environment, Gloria allowed James to move in with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach, who introduced James to basketball when he was nine years old.
19. As a youth, James played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars. The team enjoyed success on a local and national level, led by James and his friends Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee. Inseparable, they dubbed themselves the “Fab Four” and promised each other they would attend high school together. In a move that stirred local controversy, they chose to attend St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, a largely white private Catholic school.
20. James played wide receiver for St. Vincent-St. Mary’s football team in high school. As a sophomore, he was named first team all-state, and as a junior, he led the Fighting Irish to the state semifinals. His football career came to an end before his senior year when he broke his wrist during an AAU basketball game. Many sports analysts, football critics, high school coaches, and former and current players have speculated on whether he could have played in the National Football League.
21. James proposed to Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart, on December 31, 2011 at a party celebrating New Year’s Eve and his 27th birthday. The two were married on September 14, 2013 in San Diego. Together they have two sons, LeBron James, Jr. (nicknamed “Bronny”) born October 6, 2004 and Bryce Maximus James born June 14, 2007, and one daughter, Zhuri James.
22. During his tenure with the Heat, James resided in Coconut Grove, an affluent Miami neighborhood, where he bought a three-story mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay for $9 million. He sold the property for $13.4 million after rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. In November 2015, James bought a 9,350 square-feet East Coast-style mansion in Brentwood, Los Angeles, for about $21 million.
23. James is considered by many, including his fellow players, to be the “face of the NBA”. His opinions have yielded significant influence on important league decisions; for example, in 2014 he asked commissioner Adam Silver to increase the duration of the All-Star break, and the request was granted the following season. On February 13, 2015, James was elected the first Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
24. His full name is LeBron Raymone James.
25. He runs a non-profit organization called Family Foundation, which helps needy children in his hometown area.
26. His nicknamed “King James.”
27. Stands 6’8″ tall.
28. Forbes also named as the 2014 World’s Most Powerful Athlete.
29. Has endorsements with Coca-Cola, Nike, McDonald’s, Upper Deck, Samsung, Audemars Piguet and Dunkin Donuts.
30. In 2008, LeBron became the first African-American man to appear on the cover of Vogue, a women’s fashion magazine.
31. After LeBron’s reinstatement, courtside seats at the 2003 Prime Time Shoot Out in Trenton soared to as much as $1,000.
32. LeBron had a hand in designing the SVSM basketball uniform.
33. LeBron shoots righthanded, but eats and writes with his left hand.
34. In 2012 LeBron became the new spokesman for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in Asia.
35. LeBron loves cereal. Among his favorites are Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
36. LeBron’s favorite rapper is Jay-Z.
37. LeBron spawned more than one cottage industry during his high school career. Here are the pricetags of products, collectibles and tickets associated with him:
– Bobble-head doll (sold on eBay): $16.50
– Autograph (sold on eBay): $104
– Jersey (sold on eBay): $162
– Trading card (sold on eBay): $225
– Face value of tickets to 2003 game against Oak Hill Academy: $15, $20, $25 and $35
– Floor-level seats scalped for same game: $100
38. LeBron is a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.