LeBron James

By Nour Boussaha

The Beginning of a High School Star

LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio. At an early age, he showed a natural talent for basketball. James was recruited by St. Vincent - St. Mary High School to join their basketball team in 1999. During his Freshman year, James averaged 18 points per game and helped his team to a Division 3 state title by scoring 25 points in the championship game. In his sophomore year he was chosen for the USA Today All USA First Team. The Following school year James was named the PARADE magazine's High School Boys Basketball Player and Gatorade Player of the Year. LeBron James average was 31.6 per game to help his team to clinch the third state title. Then he went on to play for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Play with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the MIami Heat

After he graduated high school LeBron James went to the National Basketball Association, then in the 2003 NBA Draft the Cleveland Cavaliers signed the young athlete. James also signed several endorsement deals, including one with NIKE for $90 million. During the 2003-04 LeBron James made history when he became the first member of the Cavalier franchise to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award at the age of 20. James, averaging 20 points per game at this time, became one of only three rookies to accomplish this feat, putting him in the same company as Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. He made NBA history again in 2005, when he became the youngest player to score more than 50 points in one game. Then he was selected for the NBA All-Star Game for the first time. Then in the 2010-11 season LeBron signed a new contract to play with the Miami Heat. His former coach Dan Gilbert wrote an open letter declaring James decision as "selfish," "heartless," and a "cowardly betrayal." With the heat he scored 26.7 points per game. During the NBA season 2011-2012 James won his first title against Oklahoma City Thunders. In the 2012-13 season won second consecutive NBA Championship against the San Antonio Spurs. In the 2013-14 season the Heat made it to the finals again for the third time ,but they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. James announced that he is returning to the Cavaliers. It went well when he returned because LeBron James took the Cavs to the NBA finals of the 2014-2015 season ,but they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in the six game.

Playing in the Olympics

During the summer of 2004, James made his Olympic debut at the Summer Games at Athens, Greece, as part of the U.S. Olympic basketball team. LeBron and his team won the bronze medal after defeating Lithuania. In 2008 James traveled to Beijing, China, to play with the likes of Bryant, Jason Kidd and Dwyane Wade on the U.S. Olympic Basketball team. This time around the U.S. team brought the gold after defeating Spain in the final round. At the 2012 Summer Olympics the U.S. basketball team took the gold medal.