Hailing from Akron, Ohio, LeBron James is one of the premier players of the NBA. He currently plays small forward for the Miami Heat.
James was born on December 30, 1984 and attended St. Vincent-St. Mary’s high school in Akron. From an early age, Lebron displayed a high level of natural ability for the game, but it is in high school when he began to catch nationwide attention. His appearance in: SLAM Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN The Magazine, helped propel James into the limelight, as did his stellar career in high school. James was a starter since his freshman year for the Fighting Irish, and over four years of playing, James earned 2,657 points, 892 rebounds and 523 assists. LeBron led the Fighting Irish to three state titles, and was named to the All-USA First Team three times, as well as Mr. Basketball of Ohio three straight times. He earned MVP honors at the McDonald’s All-American Game, the EA Sports Roundball Classic, and the Jordan Capital Classic.
LeBron entered the NBA during the 2003-2004 season at age 18. He was the Cleveland Cavaliers first overall pick for the 2003 draft.During his rookie year he earned the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, becoming the youngest player to ever win it. And joined Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in their rookie season. While the Cavs record improved to 35-47 (up 18 wins from the previous season) they failed to make the playoffs as they began to rebuild their franchise around LeBron.
James was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game, and became the youngest player in history to record a triple-double, and to make the All-NBA Team. But, yet again the Cavs failed to reach the playoffs with a 42-40 record.
During his 2005-06 season, James was elected to yet another All-Star Game, and became the youngest All-Star MVP. LeBron was named NBA Player of the Week 5 times, and became the youngest player in the NBA to average 30 points a game. The Cleveland Cavaliers finally made the playoffs, and went as far as a full seven game series against the Detroit Pistons.
At the end of the 2005-06 season, James signed an extension of three years to his current contract with the Cavaliers, with a player option for a fourth year. The contract expires with James as an unrestricted free agent following the 2010 season.
James was elected to his third consecutive All-Star game, and led the Cavaliers to the NBA championships. However, the Cavs fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the finals by a sweep of four straight loses.
James continued his dominance in the NBA, earning his fourth straight All-Star Game appearance and second All-Star Game MVP. On February 27, 2008, James became the youngest player in the NBA to score 10,000 points, and became the all time high scorer of the Cleveland Cavalier Franchise as he passed Brad Daugherty’s record. The Cavs reached the second round of the playoffs, falling to the Celtics 4 games to 3.
Setting all new career highs, LeBron continued his dominance of the game, being named NBA Player of the Month four times, becoming only the second player in NBA History to do so. Also, LeBron became the fourth player in NBA History to lead his team in all five major statistical categories of: total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks for the course of a season. The Cavs playoff run ended in a six game series against the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In his last contractual season with the Cavaliers, LeBron led his team to a 61-21 record securing the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round 4 games to 1. In the Conference semi-finals, the Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2, and LeBron was heavily criticized for his poor performances in games 5 and 6.
In a highly publicized free agency period, LeBron chose to team up with fellow 2003 draft-mates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to play for the Miami Heat. LeBron announced his decision on a very controversial one hour television special "The Decision" and he was highly scrutinized for his decision and the way he made it. The Heat started the season with a disappointing record of 9-8 but began to jell as they finished with a 58-24 record, good for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Heat made it to the NBA Finals (LeBron's second appearance) but lost to Dallas Mavericks 4 games to 2. Once again, LeBron was criticized for his questionable performances in high pressure situations.
Following his rookie season in the NBA, LeBron played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic basketball team, where the team earned a bronze medal, which was the first time a U.S. Olympic team with NBA players failed to bring home the gold medal. James also played in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, as well as the 2007 Tournament of Americas Olympic qualifiers for the 2008 summer games. The U.S. went unbeaten in 2008, reclaiming the gold medal since the 2000 Olympics.
James currently has endorsement contracts with Nike, Sprite, Glacéau, Bubblicious, Upper Deck, and State Farm. LeBron has nine signature shoe styles with Nike, and four other shoes. The documentary, More Than a Game, follows James and his teammates through their high school careers and James’s rise to fame.
Major career awards and milestones
- NBA Champion: 2012
- NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 2012
- NBA Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2010
- NBA Rookie of the Year: 2004
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2004
- NBA Scoring Champion: 2008
- 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008
- 8-time NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- 5-time All-NBA:
- First Team: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- Second Team: 2005, 2007
- 1-time NBA All-Defensive:
- First Team: 2009, 2010, 2011
- Bronze medal with Team USA, 2004 Summer Olympic Games
- Bronze medal with Team USA, 2006 FIBA World Championship
- Gold medal with Team USA, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship
- Gold medal with Team USA, 2008 Summer Olympic Games
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