Basketball star LeBron James and his life from poverty, street violence to lavish mansions

Basketball star LeBron James and his life from poverty, street violence to lavish mansions

Talking about his life, LeBron James would say it’s not much different, it’s still here and there. The only thing is, now for him there are not temporary houses but luxurious villas.

“If I happened to, well, just by chance, become a billion-dollar athlete, Oh, my God, I would be so excited,” said LeBron James, who is said to be the ultimate basketball player. of all time, say 8 years ago.

He knows that becoming a billionaire sports star is not easy. Even basketball icon Michael Jordan’s assets could not reach 10 figures when he was still playing. He had to wait more than a decade after retirement to become a billionaire thanks to his investment in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team.

But LeBron doesn’t need to wait that long. In June 2022, he officially became a billionaire. It’s partly thanks to huge earnings in the 2021-22 financial year, which amounted to $121.2 million before tax. In total, the current NBA legend’s fortune is about $1.2 billion. Of that amount, only $385 million comes from salaries, the remaining $900 million comes from commercial contracts and business operations.


In June 2022, LeBron James officially became a billionaire.

 
In June 2022, LeBron James officially became a billionaire.

To understand why LeBron has such a huge income, let’s look back at his achievements. In two decades, he won the NBA championship 4 times, was the best player in the NBA 4 times, was the best player in the NBA Finals 4 times, was the best All-Star 3 times, was in the NBA All-Star 16 times and 2 Olympic gold medals. LeBron’s talent and persistence amaze everyone. However, he was not 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 a star.

LeBron was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 in 1984 in Akron, Ohio, when his mother, Gloria Marie James, was just 16 years old. Because his father has many criminal records and has been in prison, it is easy to imagine how hard it is for his mother to raise her teenage 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥.

For a long time, because of her unstable job, Gloria constantly moved, from one shabby apartment to another in Akron. Although he is here and there, his life does not change. Little LeBron grew up in poverty and street violence.


Before becoming famous, young LeBron grew up in poverty and street violence.
 

Before becoming famous, young LeBron grew up in poverty and street violence.

What helps LeBron resist temptation and not fall into the path of crime is basketball. He often goes to Elizabeth Park to play, but is often excluded because of his small size. In frustration, LeBron trained himself to shoot with both hands, eventually dominating the court at Elizabeth Park.

When basketball developed into a passion, LeBron just wanted to be on the court all day. He skipped classes so much that he wanted to quit school when he was only in the 4th grade. Unfortunately, LeBron’s mother sent him to the house of Frankie Walker, the school’s basketball teacher. This can be considered a turning point in LeBron’s life. Not only was he well-fed, but he was also well-trained.

LeBron is very athletic, plays basketball extremely well and is also very good at rugby. At Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School, which is white only, LeBron found recognition as a star of both the basketball and football teams, and his fame even reached beyond Ohio. .


LeBron is arguably the best basketball player of all time.
 
LeBron is arguably the best basketball player of all time.

Until one day, LeBron’s football team failed in the state finals, and he decided to stop and devote himself entirely to basketball. Honestly, this is the sport where LeBron shows superior strength compared to his peers. On average, each game he scores 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals. He was so excellent that even the legendary Michael Jordan paid attention and invited him to attend a private training session.

In 2002, LeBron tried to join the NBA, but was ineligible because he had not graduated from High School. No problem, he proved to everyone that his talent is beyond his age. During his senior year, LeBron’s average performance per game was 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals. He was honored as Mr. Ohio basketball for three consecutive years, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, creating a rivalry between Nike and Adidas. ESPN also has to televise high school basketball live. All of his matches were sold out because everyone wanted to witness the talent of the best high school basketball player in history.

LeBron has shown bravery from a very young age. He entered the NBA Draft immediately after graduating from high school and played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, receiving the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, then becoming the youngest person selected to the All-NBA Team.


LeBron earned $900 million from commercial contracts and business activities.
 
LeBron earned $900 million from commercial contracts and business activities.

In the following years, even though Cleveland was not a strong team, LeBron still showed unparalleled talent. He took the team to its first playoff appearance since 1998 in the 2004/05 season, averaged over 25 points per game in the next two seasons and led Cleveland to the 2007 NBA Finals. In the 2008/09 season, LeBron helped Cleveland achieved a franchise record of 66-16, while also winning the NBA Player of the Year award with impressive performance, averaging 28.4 points, 7.6 assists per game, continuing to lead the team to the finals. Eastern Conference finals. This number increased to 29.7 points and 8.6 assists in the 2009/10 season to continue winning the NBA MVP the following season.

Then LeBron became the champion for 2 consecutive years in the Miami Heat shirt, was crowned for the third time when he returned to Cleveland and enjoyed glory for the 4th time with the LA Lakers. Along with that comes season after season of excellence, making everyone hail LeBron as King James. He made greatness a habit.

Now, LeBron’s fame goes beyond basketball in particular and sports in general. He is also very sharp in business. Like in 2015, LeBron gave up a $15 million, four-year contract with McDonald’s to invest in the fast-growing Blaze Pizza chain. He also owns shares in smart gym maker Tonal and ride-sharing giant Lyft.


 


LeBron's lavish estates and mansions.
 
LeBron’s lavish estates and mansions.

Now LeBron is still here and there, but not in the temporary houses before, but moving back and forth between luxurious villas. He has a $52 million mansion in Los Angeles. It has eight bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, with oak floors and marble cladding. LeBron also owns a 2.5-acre Mediterranean-style estate in Beverly Hills that was purchased for $36.75 million. As a person who does not forget his roots, he naturally has a majestic 30,000 square meter estate in his hometown of Ohio. The property has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a movie theater, a bowling alley, a recording studio, an aquarium and his own barbershop.

But LeBron also contributes a lot of money, time and effort to community activities. He supports charities that fight poverty, creates schools where 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥ren can enjoy an advanced education in a safe environment, and provides College scholarships to I high school students. Promise.

LeBron always knows where he was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 and what he went through before tasting glory. He doesn’t want his 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥ren to repeat the life he experienced, with hunger, violence and lack of educational opportunities. Having changed his life, now it’s time for LeBron to change the world.

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