LeBron James Facts
1) LeBron James despite his later success in basketball talent and the consequent fame had humble beginnings.
Born to a mother who was only 16 years of age, LeBron’s family had a hard time settling down without the support of a father.
Eventually, after struggling through school, he discovered his passion and talent for basketball.
2) LeBron is one of those players who are born with a talent.
For him, a friendly student-teacher game in 8th grader became the start of a great career.
3) LeBron’s glory days date back to his time in high school when he was nicknamed as The Chosen One.
Even during this time he was predicted to become a legend when he would join the NBA and set world records.
4) Because of his dashing performance in St. Mary High School team, LeBron was the first ever college sophomore to be selected for the USA Today All-USA First Team Award.
After receiving this title, fame and success followed LeBron throughout his career.
5) In 2000, he was named High School Boys Basketball Player of the year by PARADE magazine.
In the same year he received the Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
Such highly acclaimed titles and accolades made LeBron famous as the new Michael Jordon of basketball.
6) In 2003, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award at the age of 20, which set a record of the youngest player to ever receive such a coveted title and in an extremely short span of time.
7) An amazing athlete that he is, LeBron James has been titled The Youngest Basketball player to have scored 2000 points in the 2004-2005 season in the NBA.
This is one the most prestigious ranks that this player has achieved in the NBA.
8) Not only did James try his hand at basketball, he was an exceptional football player as well as a sophomore.
As a junior, he captained the Fighting-Irish for the state championship and was applauded by many sports analysts.
However, before this career could take off, James sustained a wrist injury while playing and quit before senior year.
9) Did you know LeBron’s popular in areas other than basketball? In 2012 he was assigned as the new ambassador/spokesperson for two famous chains namely Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins for the Asian territory.
10) Despite the tough childhood he had, LeBron was a mama’s boy back in high school.
For his 18th birthday, his loving mom arranged for a loan and gifted him a Hummer (H2) as a present.
It was rumored that the H2 was a bribe to lure him into playing basketball for a particular team! However, it was later proved untrue.
11) Did you know, apart from being a winner in basketball, LeBron is also a shrewd businessman.
He is an investor and part-owner of the English Premier League Liverpool Soccer club, which is one of the best soccer clubs in the world.
No wonder fame and money have come by so swiftly from this young talent!
12) When LeBron was offered to be featured on the cover of the Vogue in 2008, he broke yet another record.
He was the first African-American and the third man to ever be showcased on this prestigious magazine’s cover; however, it did raise some racial discrimination concerns later on.
13) Did you know, back in high school LeBron had a very staunch habit to curse aloud?To teach him a lesson every time he cursed, his school coach made him do intense pushups as punishment!
14) Even though most of LeBron’s accolades lie in his basketball career, each one of them is worth a mention.
Apart from helping his team win a gold medal in the Olympics two times in a row, James set another NBA world record by being the youngest player to score 20,000 points at the age of 28 years.
15) If there is an ideal example of empathy in celebrities, it is the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Set up in 2004, this foundation is a very active contributor to improving the social lives of people in down trodden areas and giving a helping hand for less privileged single parent families to raise educated and civilized children.
The same foundation hosts bike a thons to raise money for charitable purposes.
16) Nicknamed as King James, LeBron won the Mr. Basketball of Ohio award thrice for his outstanding performance in his home state.
Like with all famous people, LeBron’s fame and popularity have also attracted considerable criticism and concern over his personal life.
However, the way this star keeps a focus on his career is commendable and sets an example for other players to follow.
17) Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart bore two children for LeBron; James LeBron Jr. in 2004 and Bryce Maximus James in 2007, after which the couple decided to get engaged in 2001 at a New Year Eve party.
18) Apart from being a star on the basketball court, LeBron James has also been noticed avidly by the entertainment industry.
In 2007, he hosted the ESPY Awards along with Jimmy Kimmel and later hosted the 33rd premier episode of the Saturday Night Live show.
With a cult-like fan following ever since his high school years, it was about time when in 2010 the Forbes ranked James as the second Most Influential Athlete in the United States after Lance Armstrong.
19) Endorsements have come in plentiful number throughout LeBron’s career.
Apart from the $90 million Nike contract, he has endorsed brands like Sprite, McDonald’s, Upper Deck and State Farm.
Together with his salary from the basketball games, endorsement pay ups have made LeBron one of the highest paid athletes of all time.
20) James popularity as a public figure and as a superstarin the NBA made him a movie star as well.
In 2009, he played a part in a documentary called ‘More than a game’, which revolved around his personal life and the initial years that he spent as an African-American child with a little help and big dreams.
He also worked on HBO’s series the Entourage.