Capital: € 435 million
Age: 35
Born: 12/30/1984
Country of origin: United States of America
Source of wealth: Basketball player
Last updated: 2020

Short introduction

Lebron James is one of the most famous basketball players of his time and is considered the best player of his generation. He is currently playing in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Earlier life

Lebron James grew up without a father. His mother, Gloria James, was a minor at birth and still went to school. She raised him in his hometown, Akron, Ohio, near Cleveland. James showed his athletic talent early on and played in the selection teams of his schools.

He attended Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School, for which he had received a scholarship because of his outstanding sporting skills, and played both basketball and American football there. James later concentrated entirely on basketball and became a nationally known talent due to his outstanding athletic skills. Some of his high school games were broadcast nationwide, becoming the first high school player ever.

He led his team to several regional successes and was appointed to the All-USA First Team several times. After finishing school, James decided against attending college and signed up for the annual NBA draft. Here he was selected as the first player by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who play in close proximity to his home town.

Career

James’ first season in the NBA was the 2003-04 season. The Cavaliers, one of the weaker teams at the time, missed the playoffs despite James’ good performances. He was immediately the focal point of the Cavaliers in spite of himself for a rookie, a player starting his first season in the NBA, of young age. He won the award for the best rookie and was therefore appointed to the first selection team of the rookies of the season.

In the following years James increased significantly and became one of the league’s superstars. In his second season he was called to the All Star Game, a prestigious event for the best 24 players of the season in February. In the same year he was also appointed to the second All NBA team, in his third season, 2005-06 even for the first time to the first All NBA team.

While the Cavaliers also missed the playoffs in the 2004-05 season, James managed to lead the Cavaliers into the playoffs in 2005-06. The following season, the Cavaliers even reached the NBA Finals, but were clearly defeated by the San Antonio Spurs.

While James’ individual performance was highly valued in the coming years, he even won the most valuable player of the season award in 2009 and 2010, the Cavaliers, who tried intensively to strengthen themselves through transfers, failed to reach the finals again.

After a defeat in the semifinals of the Conference Playoffs in 2010, James, accompanied by great media attention, decided not to renew his contract with the Cavaliers and moved to the Miami Heat for superstar Dwyane Wade with Chris Bosh for the next 2010-11 season. This constellation, also known as Big Three, was subject to the surprisingly successful Dallas Mavericks around Dirk Nowitzky in the first season together. James in particular was criticized for his mixed performance in the final.

The following two seasons were more successful, the Heat won both championships, James was selected as the most valuable player in the two regular seasons and the most valuable player in the two final series. The Heat reached the finals again in the 2013-14 season, but were defeated by the Spurs.

James, who was looking for new tasks, returned to his old team, the Cavaliers, for the 2014-15 season to help them achieve the promised championship. In the first season, the Cavaliers, stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who were badly injured in the final, were missing, despite James’ outstanding performance against the Golden State Warriors. Among experts, the performance shown by James in the final series is considered one of the best performances ever.

In the 2015-16 season, the Cavaliers, led by another outstanding James, who was once again recognized as the most valuable player in the final series, and Irving beat the Warriors 3-1 behind, winning the championship.

In the following two years, the Cavaliers each reached the finals again, but were significantly defeated by the Warriors. James switched to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018-19 season, but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05 and also the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010-11 due to bad luck with injuries and a mixed season.

Career highlights

ROTY 2004
MVP 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
NBA Champion 2012, 2013, 2016

Famous quotes

“Two points ain’t two points. I’ll explain it to you later. ”
“Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven (Championships).”

Success tips

Every experience that you have is the best teacher in life
I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it.
You have to be able to accept failure to get better.

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