The Legendary Story of LeBron James
By Sweta Maharjan
For the elite athlete, the brass ring of immortality and a professional sports championship- often swings just beyond his clutch. The more he abandons one, the more the public spotlights on what he hasn’t refined rather than what he has. LeBron James knows all about this pitiless incongruity. For eight baffling seasons, he was the NBA’s ruler without a crown. At last, in years 9 and 10, James put the championship stamp on his profession and turned into an official part of the “basketball’s greatest ever” deliberate. At that point, for a reprise, he pulled off the NBA’s most prominent homecoming and conveyed a title to his dearest Cleveland Cavaliers. This is his story…
LeBron James, in full LeBron Raymone James, is the superstar guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio, professional athlete LeBron Raymone James is a four-time winner of the NBA’s most valuable player award.
Life was often a struggle for James and his mother. When his mother, Gloria James was only 16, James’s father, Anthony McClelland denied in being a parent. Gloria raised James on her own and gives him her last name. Gloria faced and battled with numerous problems during his childhood but still she strived to be a loving mother and shield James from the poverty and brutality of the boulevards. When James was two, she started dating Eddie Jackson. However, James framed a bond with Jackson and Gloria enjoyed having a man around who was willing to serve as a father figure. Her siblings, Terry and Curt, additionally lend a hand.
High School Basketball Star
From an early age, LeBron James encompasses tremendous intuitions for basketball. In 1999, James was employed to join basketball team by St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. As a green bean, James averaged 18 points per game and helped the team by scoring 25 points in the championship game. As his advanced basketball skills were getting noisy, James earned several honors for his elegant performance. He was the first sophomore chosen for the award for the USA Today All-USA First Team. James was also called as “PARADE magazine’s High School Boys Basketball player of the Year and Gatorade player of the Year. Helping his team and proving himself to be the top national ranking player, James soon emerge as one of the leading players of National Basketball Association.
Career with Cleveland Cavaliers
James was the first player chosen by the Cleveland cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft because of his impressive posture. Additionally, he also signed an unprecedented endorsement contract with the NIKE shoe company for $90 before he ever played a professional game. Despite the pressures, James made history when he drove the Cavaliers franchise through the span of the 2003-04 seasons to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He as well turned to be the youngest player- at just 20 years old- to receive this honor. Furthermore, James became one of only three rookies to fulfill this accomplishment with Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. In 2004, James made his Olympic debut at the Summer Games as part of U.S. Olympic basketball team in Athens, Greece.
Turning towards his personal life, James went through some changes around this time. In October 2004, he became a father of his first child, when he and his girlfriend Savannah Brinson welcomed a son, LeBron Jr.
James’s performance and passion for success help to improve his performance over the following years. During his second season, he was known as the best player on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and in his third season, he escorted the Cavaliers to their first playoff billet in nine years. These accomplishments were exceeded during the 2006-07 season; James helped his team conquer the Washington Wizards in the first round of the final tournament. Later on, the Cavaliers took on the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference semifinals. After his striking postseason play, many observers could not stop them to place him among the best players in the league. That same year, in June 2007, his girlfriend, savannah Brinson gave birth to their child, Bryce Maximus.
In 2007-08 season, James persists the Cavaliers to upgrade and improve their ranking in the Eastern Conference. The team made it to the semifinals as they got defeated by the Boston Celtics. As an individual performer, James made best to his level defeating his rivals and became the highest average scorer in the NBA regular season.
Career with Miami Heat
Early in the 2008-09 season, James’s future and his next step in the sport became the hot topic for sports journalists and fans. He had the choice to be a free agent in2010, and everyone wants to know where he would like to end up. James made several references to his awaiting free agent status; however, he was certain to minimize the matter. When the reporter asked James about it, he replied as he wanted to focus on his team right now and win a championship rather than making a change at that point.
After becoming a free agent, James announced that he would join the Miami Heart for the 2010-2011 season. This decision creates aggression among his fans in Cleveland. Many of his fans considered his departure as a betrayal to his hometown. Soon after James’s announcement, Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers owner, wrote an open letter stating James’s decision as his selfishness and betrayal to his hometown.
To move to Miami made James a recluse in Cleveland, but it paid off when the Heat won back-to-back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. His team got victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 in five games, and 7 games over the San Antonio Spurs in 2013. James was the youngest player to score 20,000 points at age 28- and 38th player in NBA history to achieve this distinction.
“I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about,” James told FOX Sports following the game. “I knew we had a bright future [in Miami].”
By then, Success followed the James that this victory named him as the Most Valuable Player in both series and the NBA’s biggest star.
Return to Cavaliers
At the culmination of the 2013-14 season, James opted out his contract with the heat and after a week of frenzied conjecture among fans and media- he declared that he will return to the Cavaliers. James has to miss 13 regular-season games in 2014-15 due to him back and knee problems. However, he was as dominant as ever- he led the Cavaliers to the NBA championship in 2016 becoming the first player. James brings Cleveland its first pro championship in any major sport since 1964.
Victory Statement of King James
Voted Finals MVP, James said, “I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew what I learned in the last couple years that I was gone, and I knew if I had to-when I came back-I knew I had the right ingredients and the right blueprint to help this franchise get back to a place that we’ve never been. That’s what it was all about.”