Lebron James was born on December 30, 1983 in Akron, Ohio. Lebron was raised by his mother, who had him at the young age of 16 and raised him on her own as a single mother. He had a rough childhood moving from home to home while his mother struggled to find a steady job. James was just a young boy when his mother noticed his athletic abilities and made the fateful decision to let him live with a man named Frank Walker, who was a local kids football coach.
Lebron James was 9 years old when he learned how to play basketball. James played basketball for the AAU league and formed an almost unstoppable team with three of his best friends. The made a pact to attend the same high school together and created some controversy when they chose a primarily Caucasian private Catholic High School.
James was a standout for his high school team even as a freshman. He started on the varsity team all four years of high school. He was such a star athlete that the tiny high school sometimes had to play at the University of Akron’s arena to accommodate all of the fans, scouts and alumni that would flock to the games to get a glimpse of him playing. During his junior year at St Vincent’s he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first underclass high school basketball player, he was also the first junior to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award.
Lebron was so popular that some of his high school games were nationally televised. After his junior year he attempted to enter the NBA draft, but was unable to do so due to the rules of having to first complete high school. He received several gifts his senior year which were not allowed by high school basketball standards and forced the team to forfeit one of his wins, as well as being suspended from two games during his final high school season.
Following his senior year Lebron James was the first overall pick in the NBA draft in 2003. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and scored 25 points in his first professional game against the Sacramento Kings. Following a dismal game with the Cavaliers and being booed as he left the court he became a free agent and on July 8, 2010 he announced that he had signed with the Miami Heat. To put it mildly, fans in Cleveland were not happy. Even the owner, Dan Gilbert published an open letter denouncing James’ decision to leave for Miami, but Lebron was chasing a championship and he would stop at nothing.
During the 2011-2012 season James would lead the team to the national championship. He was also voted as the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. It was not until June 25, 2014 when James cancelled his contract with the Miami Heat stating that he intended on returning to the Cavaliers. During the 2015-2016 season Lebron led Cleveland to their first professional sports title in 52 years. He also became only the third player to have a triple-double in an NBA Finals Game 7. Again, he was voted unanimously as the Finals MVP. What a player!