15 Secrets About Lebron James. Today, we’re revealing some exciting and surprising facts about one of the most successful influential, and famous basketball players of all time LeBron James.
LeBron James was born on December 30th, 1984 in Akron Ohio. He started playing basketball at the age of nine and it was soon clear that he had natural talent. He attended a private Catholic school called st. Vincent st. Mary’s High School.
He soon began getting national attention for his basketball skills and Scouts started showing up at his games his sophomore year, he was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first pick in the 2003 draft in 2010. He made the controversial decision to play for the Miami Heat, but he returned to the Cavaliers four years later.
In his career, he has won 3 NBA championships, 4 NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, 3 NBA Finals MVP awards, 2 Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and an NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2017. He was the highest-paid basketball player with a salary of $31 Million.
He makes even more from his endorsement deals than he does from playing. He currently has a net worth of $400 Million. We were inspired by LeBron’s success ability confidence and ambition so let’s take a closer look at this basketball star with these 15 things you didn’t know about LeBron James.
1: Sports Illustrated:
He was featured in Sports Illustrated while still in high school. In 2002, at just 17 years old James joined a very limited list of athletes to have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated while still in high school.
His picture was featured behind the title, the chosen one which is a phrase. LeBron has since had tattooed on his upper back. He was the first basketball player to be featured on the cover as an Underclassman in high school.
2: Talented Football Player:
LeBron was a talented football player as well as the first team sport. LeBron played as a child was football even after he took up basketball, he continued playing football and was one of the best players on every team.
He was on in his junior year of high school. He was also an all-state wide receiver and if it were not for basketball he would have likely been recruited by one of the top-tier football schools.
3: Part-Owner of the Liverpool Football Club:
He’s part-owner of the Liverpool Football Club. In 2011, when Fenway Sports Group became the sole global marketer of LeBron James’s rights. He was given a minority stake in the English Premier League football club Liverpool FC as a part of the deal.
He can sometimes be seen wearing official Liverpool merchandise on the podium during postgame press conferences.
4: First Black Man On The Cover of Vogue:
He was the first black man to appear on the cover of Vogue. LeBron James became the first black man and the third man overall to be featured on the cover of Vogue. when he posed with model Gisele Bundchen for the March 2008 issue. The only other men featured before him, were Richard Gere and George Clooney.
5: Made Millions when Apple acquired Beats:
He made millions when Apple acquired beats. when Beats Electronics was first established LeBron arranged a deal where he got a small stake in the company in exchange for promoting its headphones. when Apple bought Beats Electronics back in 2014 for 3 billion dollars, he got more than 30 million dollars out of the deal in exchange for his stake.
6: LeBron’s Games were Aired On ESPN:
Some of LeBron’s high school basketball games were aired on ESPN after Sports Illustrated declared LeBron the chosen one in his junior year of high school. He started getting even more attention, the excitement surrounding his future was so great, that his team moved their practices and some games from the school gymnasium to the University of Akron campus.
Some of his games were even televised by ESPN and he had MBA stars like Shaquille O’Neal attending his games the 2009 documentary more than a game chronicles the high school careers of James and four of his st. Vincent st. Mary’s teammates.
7: Cover His Tattoos In White Tape :
He used to have to cover his tattoos in white tape while playing in high school. LeBron has had a number of tattoos including a lion, his mother’s name, his hometown area code of 330, his initials his son’s name, and his daughter’s face.
He started getting tattoos when he was in high school but the private Catholic school he attended didn’t exactly approve. They required LeBron to cover the few tattoos he had at the time with white tape while he was playing in basketball games.
8: $9,200,000 Mansion:
He bought a 9.2 million dollar mansion at the age of 18 in his rookie year. At the age of 18, LeBron bought a piece of property in Ohio and built a 30,000-square-foot mansion on the land. The 19 room house has:
- 6 Bedrooms
- 8 Full Bathrooms
- 6 Half Bathrooms
- Recording Studio
- Two-Lane Bowling Alley
- Personal Movie Theater
and the main bedroom suite with a two-story walk-in closet in the yard, holds a pool, a Jacuzzi, a garden, and of course a basketball court.
9: Q Score Dropped From 34 to 16:
His Q score dropped from 34 to 16. when he decided to play for Miami, the Q score or Q rating represents the familiarity and appeal of a celebrity brand company or entertainment product in the United States. The higher the score, the more likable a person company, or entertainment product is.
These scores have been used for over 50 years in the US. For instance, in 2016 Tom Hanks had a Q score of 46, which means that 46% of people polled considered him one of their favorite celebrities. Adele has a Q score of 45, Samuel l.jackson 41, and Beyonce 32.
Before LeBron announced, that he was taking his talents to Miami his Q score was a respectable 34, however, after the announcement his score dropped all the way down to 16, which the vice-president of the Q score company called the biggest drop he had ever seen that was not criminally related. Since then his Q score has climbed back up to 29.
10: Achievement With Michael Jordan:
He shares a special achievement with Michael Jordan. LeBron is often compared to Michael Jordan although he hasn’t quite matched the all-time great in the championship department just yet. They do share one specific special achievement though, LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the only NBA players to have ever won the NBA and VP Finals MVP and Olympic Gold Medal in the same year.
11: Married His High School Sweetheart:
He married his high school sweetheart. James and his wife Savannah started dating when they were only 16 years old. she became pregnant with their first child in their senior year of high school which made her very scared for the future but LeBron was always very supportive.
He proposed to her on December 31st, 2011 at a New Year’s Eve party, and they were finally married on September 14, 2013, after 12 years of dating.
12: Nike Commissioned a special Lamborghini for LeBron XI:
Nike commissioned a special Lamborghini for the launch of the LeBron XI. In 2014, to celebrate the launch of the Nike LeBron XI and King James legacy sneakers. Nike commissioned a specially wrapped Lamborghini Aventador roadster the wrap was patterned after the liner in the Kings pride. Nike LeBron XI shoe and the car cost $6,70,000. Other cars LeBron owns include:
- Porsche 911 Turbo S
- Mercedes-Benz s63 AMG
- Ferrari f430 spider
- Dodge Challenger SRT
- Maybach 57S
- 1975 Chevrolet Impala
13: Lifetime Deals With Nike:
He is one of only three athletes to have lifetime deals with Nike. When LeBron entered the NBA, he was involved in a three-way bidding war between Nike Reebok, and Adidas, who all wanted to secure his endorsement. Nike was the victor signing LeBron to 7 years 90 million dollar deal in 2003.
The arrangement proved to be so profitable that Nike agreed to sign LeBron to a record-breaking lifetime endorsement deal that could be worth 1 billion dollars over the next several decades. In 2015, Nike sold 340 million dollars worth of LeBron shoes in a one-year span from 2014 to 2015 alone. Nike also has lifetime deals with Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo.
14: 1st Nike Shoe Inspired By Hummer H2:
LeBron’s first Nike shoes were inspired by his Hummer H2. LeBron and his mother Gloria have a special bond. she had him when she was only 16 and raised him as a single mother for his 18th birthday. she took out a loan to buy him a Hummer h2, which was a bit of a scandal.
Since the Ohio School Athletic Association had to investigate how his mother had enough money to give him the $50,000 car to ensure that he hadn’t accepted an improper gift from an outside source. The car was sold on eBay in 2013 for around $65,000. The first Nike shoes that were designed for him the LeBron ones were inspired by the Hummer H2 with a Faux Hummer styled bumper that works as a heel stabilizer.
15: $21,000,000 Mansion In Los Angeles:
In 2015, he bought a 21 million dollar mansion in LA. In November 2015, James bought a 9350-square-foot mansion in the elite neighborhood of Brentwood Los Angeles for around 21 million dollars. The home has six bedrooms, including a master suite with a marble bathroom, a dual-sided fireplace, and a private Terrace, the yard has a pool a Cabana a deck, and two spacious patios some past and present celebrities who have lived in the neighborhood includes Tom Brady, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bea Arthur.
The Brentwood neighborhood is also where the famous murders of OJ Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman took place now that you’ve learned more about LeBron James do you think he’s lived up to the hype of being the chosen one or the next Michael Jordan let us know what you think in the comments.