LeBron James is, arguably, the best Basketball player in the world right now. He is the player that many young, aspiring basketball players look to for inspiration and they want to be just like him. His name is brought up in conversations with names like Jordan, Bryant, Johnson, Bird, and Abdul-Jabbar. It is widely known that he is a three time world champion and multiple time MVP winner. Though his life may be an open book, there are things about LeBron James that many people may not know.

Before he made it to the NBA

  • LeBron James married his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson. In a world of constant change, this is a breath of fresh air that shows money doesn't have to change people.
  • LeBron James missed about half of his fourth-grade school year. His mother, Gloria James, spent a week in county jail on petty theft and trespassing charges. Because of this, James was incredibly ashamed and did not want to go to school in fear of ridicule.
  • If he did not follow the basketball road, he could have played football. Along with his basketball skills, James was an extremely talented football player. This young man had options.
  • He was named the high school Player of the Year in Ohio three times. This had not happened before, nor has it happened since.
  • LeBron James is ambidextrous.
  • LeBron received a huge 18th birthday gift. Although his family lived in government subsidized housing, his mother took out a loan to buy him an H2 Hummer for his birthday. She must of had a feeling of what was to come.
  • Before LeBron was even drafted, he signed a $90 million shoe deal with Nike. Yes, he was still in high school. Later, in 2015, he signed the first known lifetime deal with Nike for an undisclosed amount of money.

From the Draft and beyond

  • He and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only two players that earned four Most Valuable Player awards before the age of 29.
  • LeBron James will forever be the youngest number one draft pick ever at the age of 18. The rule has since been changed so players have to be at least 19 to be drafted, so that will be his forever.
  • He was the youngest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 points in his career.
  • LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the only two players in NBA history to win the regular season Most Valuable Player Award, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, and an Olympic Gold Medal all in the same year.

His career has yet to come to an end so who knows what else he will add to his resume before he hangs up the sneakers. One thing is for sure, that resume will continue to grow and he will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game.