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LeBron James          

Sports Icon, NBA Superstar, Philanthropist

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He is often regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time.

His accomplishments include three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James has appeared in fifteen NBA All-Star Games and been named NBA All-Star MVP three times. He won the 2008 NBA scoring title, is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader, and is fourth in all-time career points scored. He has been voted onto the All-NBA First Team twelve times and the All-Defensive First Team five times.

James played basketball for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was heavily touted by the national media as a future NBA superstar. A prep-to-pro, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick. Named the 2003–04 NBA Rookie of the Year, he soon established himself as one of the league's premier players; he won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2009 and 2010. After failing to win a championship with Cleveland, James left in 2010 to sign as a free agent with the Miami Heat. This move was announced in an ESPN special titled The Decision, and is one of the most controversial free agent decisions in American sports history.

James won his first two NBA championships while playing for the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013; in both of these years, he also earned league MVP and Finals MVP. After his fourth season with the Heat in 2014, James opted out of his contract to re-sign with the Cavaliers. In 2016, he led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, delivering the franchise's first championship and ending Cleveland's 52-year professional sports title drought. His teams appeared in the NBA Finals in eight consecutive seasons (from 2011 to 2018). In 2018, James opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers to sign with the Lakers.

Off the court, James has accumulated additional wealth and fame from numerous endorsement contracts. His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America's most influential and popular athletes. He has been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials. He has also hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live, and appeared in the 2015 film Trainwreck.

James is an active supporter of non-profit organizations, including After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Children's Defense Fund. He also has his own charity foundation, the LeBron James Family Foundation, which is based in Akron. Since 2005, the foundation has held an annual bike-a-thon to raise money for various causes. In 2015, James announced a partnership with the University of Akron to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 children beginning in 2021. In 2016, he donated $2.5 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to support an exhibit on Muhammad Ali. In 2017, he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award from the NBA for his "outstanding service and dedication to the community." In November of that same year, the Akron School Board approved the "I Promise School", a public elementary school created in a partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation to help struggling elementary school students stay in school. James later reflected that it was his most important professional accomplishment of his life. The school officially opened on July 30, 2018.

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ESPY Awards 2013: LeBron James Wins 3 Trophies, Jon Hamm ...

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat ...

LeBron James wins fourth MVP award in five years - NY Daily News

LeBron James is getting his fourth Most Valuable Player award — and the only mystery left is whether the vote was unanimous.

LeBron James is running a one-man offense in the NBA Finals, and it's working to perfection

Despite facing a considerable disadvantage in depth and overall talent, the injury-depleted Cleveland Cavaliers have a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James has 'nightmares' over missed opportunities in Finals
University Of Akron And LeBron James Announce Scholarship Program

On Thursday, the University of Akron and LeBron James jointly announced an exciting partnership between UA and the LeBron James Family Foundation.

LeBron James Tops The NBA's Highest-Paid Players 2016

NBA players are gearing up to do battle with the league’s owners this year ahead of the December 15 deadline for either side to opt-out of the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011. The players argue that average salaries have barely budged, while team profits soared and franchise values tripled thanks to reduced player costs and $24 billion in new TV contracts with TNT and ABC/ESPN . Management sees a rising tide lifting all boats with the $5+ million average salary already the highest in sports and heading north of $8 million when the cap rises with the new TV deals.

Lebron James to produce upcoming sports comedy

LeBron James has scored the rights to produce his first feature film, a sports-fueled comedy based on a 2015 viral video.

LeBron James' Barbershop Talk Show 'The Shop' Cuts Deal With ...

HBO Sports and LeBron James and Maverick Carter's Uninterrupted are teaming ... with HBO today ordering several episodes of the barbershop-set talk show to ...

LeBron James: Opening school is my most important accomplishment

A four-time MVP, a three-time NBA champion, LeBron James said that his most important accomplishment was opening his “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio.

LeBron James Joins The Lakers, All But Ensuring A 'Space Jam 2'

We've heard rumblings rumors and alleged “in development” stories about Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James at least since July of 2015. The longtime movie ...

LeBron Cements G.O.A.T Status With Fourth Title and Counting

"He's the greatest player the basketball universe has ever seen," Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said.

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