Born in 1984 in Akron, Ohio as a natural basketball player, LeBron James spent his early childhood with troubled parents in relative poverty. When he was 9 years old, his mother sent him off to live with a local football coach Frank Walker and his family.
Walker introduced LeBron to basketball, and the boy started playing for the Amateur Athletic Union shortly after. As legend has it, the famous athlete found himself another family in a group of fellow basketball players who called themselves the Fab Four.
Together with Willie McGee, Dru Joyce III, and Sian Cotton, LeBron stirred local controversy off the court by insisting to enroll with his friends in a private Catholic school with predominantly white students. The Fab Four thus graduated from St. Vincent’s.
During his high school years, LeBron was a dedicated athlete. Averaging 18 points per game for his team as only a freshman, he had a head start for becoming Ohio’s Mr. Basketball – a title he held onto for three years.
LeBron was also the first sophomore to be selected for the USA Today All-USE First Team and named basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year in his junior year. James decided to finish his education and winning his high school team their third state title.
It was no surprise that LeBron was the first draft picked in the 2003 NBA draft. In between his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, and his current superstardom at the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron played for Miami Heat and made three appearances at the Summer Olympic Games.
LeBron broke uncountable basketball records during this time, earning himself the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, and the irrevocable status of the greatest basketball player in the world.
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King James has three kids with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson, whom he married in 2013. He is also an active supporter of non-profit organizations for children and a casual political activist, as well as a vocal social media influencer.
Loyal fans are currently excited to see him take on a role as himself in the sequel to his 1996 basketball movie hit Space Jam.
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