Lebron James is a professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the NBA. A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) small forward who has also played as a power forward, Lebron James has been an NBA champion, the NBA Finals MVP, a three-time NBA MVP, and the NBA Rookie of the Year. James is a nine-time NBA All-Star, and has been named to eight All-NBA teams and four All-Defensive teams. Lebron James is also the Cleveland Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer, and holds other franchise records for both the Cavaliers and the Heat. On January 16, 2013, he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points, at 28 years of age.
In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Heat in a highly publicized free agency period. In 2012, Lebron James led Miami to their second NBA title in franchise history, winning his first overall. His career achievements and leadership role during the Heat’s 2012 championship run have led a majority of basketball analysts, experts, and writers to consider Lebron James the best player in the NBA today.
Off the court, Lebron James has accumulated considerable wealth and fame as a result of numerous endorsement contracts. Lebron James has also been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials, and has hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live.
Lebron James has endorsement contracts with Nike, Sprite, Glacéau, Bubblicious, Upper Deck, McDonald’s, State Farm, Dunkin’ Brands, and Audemars Piguet. His initial contract with Nike was worth almost $90 million. In 2007, Lebron James acted in a series of Nike commercials called “The LeBrons”. Two years later, he had his likeness voiced by Kenan Thompson in another series of Nike commercials titled “MVPuppets”. In 2011, Fenway Sports Group became the sole global marketer of Lebron James’ rights. As part of the deal, Lebron James and his manager Maverick Carter were granted minority stakes in the English Premier League football club Liverpool F.C. As a result of his endorsement money and NBA salary, Lebron James is routinely listed as one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Lebron James has shown a passion for the entertainment industry. In 2009, he was featured in the Lions Gate documentary More Than a Game. He has also tried his hand at acting, appearing in a cameo role on the HBO series Entourage. Recently, Lebron James and rapper Ice Cube pitched a one-hour special to ABC based on James’ life. James will act as executive producer if the show is greenlighted.
How Lebron James Made His Money – Basketball
Estimated Net Worth: $110 Million
Birthday: December 30, 1984
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