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Fun Facts About LeBron James

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NBA star LeBron James is one of the most well-known names in the world. This basketball superstar is considered one of the greatest players in history. LeBron James will be joining the Los Angeles Lakers in a 4-year deal this year. Here are some more fun facts about LeBron James:


High School Superstar

Even when he was still in high school, LeBron James had exquisite skills. He played for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in his hometown, Akron. He also played varsity American football. During his sophomore and junior years, he set quite a few records and was soon noticed by Ohio State University, Notre Dame University, and the University of Southern California. As a result, he was offered multiple scholarships.


Awards

James has been awarded the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player four times as well as the NBA Finals MVP three times. In 2004, he was named "Rookie of the Year," only one year after being drafted. He also took part in playing in the United States national team in three Olympic games, winning the USA bronze in 2004 then gold first in 2008, before winning it again in 2012.


Coming Home

James had left the Cleveland Cavaliers multiple times throughout his career. He joined in 2003, then left two months after the team had their worst loss in history. James left to join the Miami Heats. His decision was heavily criticized as a betrayal and was seen as selfish. In 2014, James rejoined the Cleveland Cavaliers stating that he was coming home.


Huge Net Worth

LeBron James was placed in sixth place on Forbes' list of the World's Highest Paid Athletes, making him the richest basketball player on that list. More than half of that money comes from his endorsement deals with huge brand names like Coca-Cola, Kia Motors, Intel, Beats By Dre, and other big names. His biggest contract, of course, is Nike. His lifetime contract with them is rumored to be worth well over $1 billion.


LeBron James, an Activist

James runs the Family Foundation, which is his own charity for children in need in his hometown Akron, Ohio. He gives out scholarships and arranges programs for the needy children of his home town. James is a huge advocate for bringing awareness to race-based hate crimes and issues in the United States. He protested against the murder of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was shot while walking home in 2012. He is passionate about investing his time and money back into the community.


Friendship With Obama

LeBron James has a long history with former US president Barack Obama. He visited the White House multiple times. When Obama was running for president, James took part in many efforts, gave many donations, and even helped in hosting an early-voter registration rally where over 20,000 attendees showed up to support him.


He's a Huge Fan of Liverpool

James acquired a 2% stake that was worth approximately $6.5 million. Since then, the value of the club has grown more than five times its original value. Estimates from ESPN say that his stake is now currently worth over $32 million.

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