He was such an accomplished a basketball player in high school that he was the first draft choice of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. He went on to be the youngest winner of the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award. He was only 20 years old.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on December 30, 1984 and was highly recruited by St.Vincent/St. Mary’s High School. In his freshman year, he led the team to a state championship by scoring 25 points in the final title game. He ended up leading his high school team to three state championships in four years.
From his stellar high school career, James went right to the NBA. He was of immediate help to a team that had been floundering for many years. A big salary and huge endorsement deals seemed to seal his future. During that record shattering rookie season, James managed to average 20 points per game. That feat had only been accomplished before by Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan.
The year 2004 marked his first time as an Olympian and he welcomed LeBron Jr. into the world with his girlfriend. In 2005, he became the youngest player in league history to score more than 50 points in one game. He lifted the Cavaliers from doormat to perennial contender for several years but just could not seem to capture that elusive NBA Championship during that run.
In the summer of 2008, he headed off to China as a member of the U.S. Olympic team once again. After settling for the bronze medal in 2004, James and the team won the gold medal this time as they defeated Spain in the title game. The year 2010 brought changes to James’ life as he became a free agent and decided to go and play for the Miami Heat.
The Heat vastly improved but, again, James failed to get to the Championship series. The following season, however, was the charm as the Miami Heat captured the title. James stays busy off the court with his LeBron James Foundation which dedicates itself to helping single parents who are struggling to raise a family. Along with that vision, the foundation is a well-known builder of playgrounds.
Though still active, LeBron James is already considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history ranking him right up there with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Larry Bird.