LeBron James is a professional American basketball player who started his decorated career at the age of 9 when a local youth coach introduced him to basketball. King James has given his best to ensure that he has his name among the greatest NBA players to ever exist and thankfully he is among the highest paid players in the sports.
In 2014, James earned a total of $72 million from the NBA season. Just from his salary, he made a whopping $19.3 million, and from several of his endorsements, he made $53 million. In the same year, he was listed as the third highest paid athlete behind Cristiano Ronaldo ($80 million) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($105 million). However, LeBron is thought to have a greater appeal compared to the two which shows why he was voted the 2nd most powerful athlete.
Due to James’ recent contract arrangements with massive endorsement partners McDonald’s, Upper Deck, Coca-Cola and Nike; he is considered to have basketball’s biggest endorsement.
LeBron James Wiki/Age
LeBron James (nickname King James) was born LeBron Raymone James on December 30, 1984. His mom was only 16 years old when she was delivered of him in Akron, Ohio in the United States. It may be surprising to learn that growing up was really tough for him as his mother, Gloria Marie James raised him alone as a single mother without a stable job. His father’s name is Anthony McClelland but he was not involved in the upbringing of LeBron. When his mother couldn’t take it anymore, she gave up little LeBron to stay with the family of a local football coach, Frank Walker. But against the run of play, he developed a keen interest in basketball as against football and started playing the game of basketball at the age of nine.
Lebron James Family: Wife, Kids, Mom
LeBron James is married to Savannah Brinson, who has been his sweetheart since they met in high school. He proposed to her on the New Year’s Eve of 2011, in a party that was supposed to be his 27th biryhday party. She said yes to him and they eventually walked down the aisle two years later on September 14, 2013, in a posh ceremony in San Diego.The couple now has three great kids, two of which are already hitting their strides in basketball: LeBron James Jr. (born 2004), Bryce Maximus James (born 2007) and their last child, Zhuri James (born in 2014 – ten years after their first child).
LeBron James Height/Measurements
LeBron James stands at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and weighs 250 pounds (113.4 kg). His height is perfect for the game of basketball. He has an athletic build and his body statistics is 46-17-36 inches (117-43-91.5 cm). His workout routine with his personal trainer, Mike Mancias includes spinning or pilates. He also uses the VersaClimber cardio and body fitness machine. His diet includes lots of carbs, chicken breast, peanut butter or some pasta. He claims the carbs in his pre-game diet helps increase his energy levels during games.
He says he also eats lots of vegetables, salads, and even protein shakes with some fruit before games. But avoids the fatty foods such as the pizza, the french fries, the pies, and the sandwiches. All of which he says he saves for eating only after a game.
His wingspan is 214 cm and his shoe size is 15.
LeBron has made over $150 million in NBA salary and over $300 million in several endorsements over his career.
His 2017/18 salary is adjudged to be the highest of any player in the NBA since Michael Jordan in 1997/98. He remains the 2nd best-paid NBA player just behind Golden State Warriors star forward, Steph Curry but he is the highest-paid Cleveland Cavaliers player at the moment.
LeBron made a surprising announcement of his return to Cavaliers which was highly anticipated. He did sign a two-year deal worth $42.1 million.
In 2016, LeBron earned $77.2 million with $23.2 million coming from his salary and $54 million from endorsements. James’ earnings only increase by the year. In 2017 his salary enjoyed a 12% increase to $86 million, making him the highest-paid NBA player for three consecutive years.
LeBron has inked lucrative deals with very established companies that return millions of dollars yearly. He has made his busy schedule worth it by appearing in commercials for Samsung, Microsoft, State Farm, and Dunkin Donuts. In fact, James owned a small portion of Beats by Dre when the company was taken over by Apple for $3 billion in 2014.
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Back in 2003 at 18 years of age, LeBron signed his first endorsement deal which was a $90 million deal with Nike over 7 years and in 2015 he renewed the deal to last a lifetime, becoming the only player in the history of the 44-year-old company to do so. The deal stands to earn him as much as $1 billion depending on the sales of LeBron James-branded shoes.
Lebron James doesn’t bank only from his NBA salary and endorsements, Read the article; How LeBron James Makes And Spends His Millions to see the other ventures the NBA star is involved in.
LeBron James House
Celebrities are rich and most of them usually invest in prominent homes worth millions of dollars and LeBron James isn’t different. Upon returning to the Cavs, King James sold his Miami mansion for $13.4 million, he had originally bought it for $9 million, thus making a $4.4 million gain.
The 12,000 square-foot mansion has 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a bay view, an elevator, a guest house, as well as a heated pool. The small forward now lives in a mansion in Montrose Ohio which he built from scratch on a land he bought for $2 million back in 2003.
The house measures almost 36,000 sq ft and includes 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a bowling alley, aquarium, movie theater and of course a basketball court.
LeBron is a man many kids can look up to not only as a complete professional but as one of the few celebrities who has lived a successful, scandal-free life on and off the pitch. Of course, he has had his not-so-good moments but no one would deny that James has been able to take control of most of his words and deeds and that has played a huge role in his success.