The Lebron James biography is similar to Lebron's size (6 foot 8 inches and 250 pounds) in that it is larger than life. He was just a teenager during his stunning entry into the National Basketball Association, and he became a multi-million before he even played an NBA game. Being considered a successor to Michael Jordan and the closest to Kobe Bryant's talent is a lot to handle. But with Lebron James's gift for basketball, his biography should soon include NBA championships.
High School Hoops. Lebron James was born in Akron, Ohio on December 30th, 1984. He was an only child in a single-parent household, raised by his mother Gloria James and by a foster family for a few years. As a youth, Lebron's superior size and athletic ability was first cultivated on the court by summer league coaches Dru Joyce II and Lee Cotton. Their contributions to Lebron James were teaching him the importance of being a team player and good sportsmanship. St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, a private school with a strong basketball track record in Akron, would be Lebron Jame's forum for basketball technique. By his junior high school year, Lebron James was a nationally known basketball player. In 2002, USA Today named James the number one high school basketball player in the country and his St. Vincent-St. Mary team won three Division III state championships. He became the eighth high school player to grace a cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.
Earning His "NBA" Degree. The big question in the sports world became whether Lebron James would go to college or the NBA. The answer came after Lebron James completed high school at the 2003 NBA draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers claimed Lebron James with their number one draft pick. His NBA debut was in the fall of 2003 against the Sacramento Kings. Although the Cavaliers lost, Lebron didn't, with 25 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Lebron James, or "King James" as he became known as, was the Rookie of the Year for that 2003-2004 NBA season.
Lebron Incorporated. Lebron James's first NBA contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers was for $19 million over a four-year span. But this paled in comparison to the seven-year Nike sponsorship contract Lebron signed for the gargantuan sum of $90 million, before he even played a single NBA game. The pot of gold that Lebron James represented to the business world was also shared by Sprite, Powerade, and Bubblicious bubblegum with their own promotional deals. The first official sneaker that Lebron james endorsed was the Air Zoom Generation for Nike in December of 2003. In the first month, 72,000 pairs were sold with a retail price of $110 a pair. Anyone who doubted the value in these deals could just look at the fact that during Lebron James' rookie year Cleveland Cavalier home game attendance increased by 50%. Cleveland also moved from last in the league for away game ticket sales to first place.
The Miami Dynasty. On July 1st, 2010, Lebron James became a free agent, and rumors started to swirl about which team he would end up on. A week later, on July 8th, 2010 during an ESPN special, Lebron James shocked the entire NBA community by leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as members of the Miami Heat. This move may have rubbed his previous team the wrong way, but it proved to be a move that has helped turn the Miami Heat into a powerful Eastern Conference competitor.
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