LeBron James

In this action shot, Darius Songaila tries to stop LeBron James.

LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio to mother Gloria James. Gloria raised LeBron all by herself, with the help of her family. Gloria and LeBron moved around a lot, and LeBron even lived with his coach’s family for a bit while Gloria worked hard to find a job and a permanent home for herself and LeBron.  

LeBron joined his first basketball team when he was only nine years old, and by the time he was a senior in high school, he had already received recognition for his basketball skills. The NBA was ready to sign him before he even graduated high school, but LeBron wanted to finish school first. Once he graduated high school in 2003, LeBron immediately joined the NBA. He was the number one draft pick, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

LeBron played with the Cavaliers until 2010, when he switched teams to join the Miami Heat. He won two championship rings with the Heat, before deciding he wanted to go back to the Cavaliers in 2014 and help them win a championship. In 2016 he did just that, as he took the Cavaliers to the finals and won. Two years after that, LeBron decided to switch teams again, and he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. He still plays with the Lakers today.  

Although LeBron no longer plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he hasn’t forgotten his hometown. In 2018, LeBron built the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio for at risk kids. It also helps their parents get jobs. LeBron also regularly makes donations to organizations like The Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

LeBron James takes a jump shot over Erik Drost's head.
LeBron James sits poised for the free throw during the Heat game against the Atlanta Hawks on February 20, 2013 at the Philips Arena.
Did You Know?
  • LeBron is a four-time NBA Champion, winning in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2020
  • LeBron has been to the Olympics three times, and has won one bronze and two gold medals  
  • LeBron is 6 feet 9 inches tall and wears a size 16 shoe
  • LeBron is active in Hollywood, having executively produced TV shows on HBO, Starz, CNBC and NBC, and he played in the 2015 movie Trainwreck as himself