LeBron James, better known as "The King," is the subject of a lot of conversations. He is sometimes regarded as the greatest player of all time, the most athletic, the most serious, or the most controversial player, all depending on who you ask. Some of his actions are cause for serious speculation, perhaps most notably his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami, which provoked the wrath of nearly the entire NBA and its fan base. Let's face it. When you're the player that everyone seems to hate, you know you've done something wrong.
James' decision to leave Cleveland for Miami compelled his once vibrant fan base to question his allegiance to his home state of Ohio. James drove the nail further into his coffin when he took home two NBA championships back-to-back in Miami.
Since his controversial move to Miami, James may have redeemed himself by proving himself on the court and through his charitable endeavors, but he remains basketball's one of most talked about and interesting athletes.
Below is a mix of interesting stories involving the man nearly everybody loves to hate. You can hate LeBron, love him, or feel neutral, but it cannot be denied that he in an interesting dude. While it's true that James is larger than life, it's important to remember that he is just a person. Some of the stories listed below may not seem like a big deal to you, but to an eight grader getting national media coverage, it can be. As James continues to grow his star power, and adds Hollywood to his resume this list may change, but for now these are still some pretty crazy stories that LeBron has been involved in.
These Are The Top 15 Insane LeBron James Stories. As always feel free to let us know if you heard any of these stories in the comments below.
15 Missing School
When King James was just a young buck, he barely attended school. In fourth grade, he missed 51.25% of school (82 of 160 school days). Why was he missing so much school?Well, during this year of his life, LeBron's mother Gloria spent a week in jail for petty crimes like trespassing and disorderly conduct. He also had to move several times throughout his youth, meaning more missed school days.
14 Agents In Ninth Grade
People began taking notice of LeBron's basketball skills as early as ninth grade, with sports agencies even trying to get a hold of him, which is bizarre.
13 Broke His Wrist Junior Year
12 Tried To Declare For Draft Junior Year
When LeBron James lost out on the National Player Of The Year Award, and also the High School Championship, he was angry. Not only was he angry, but he wanted to declare for the NBA Draft. He wanted to forget high school, not get a diploma and get out of Ohio.
11 Won't Be Measured
10 Earth Science
9 His Hummer
You might be asking yourself how one would be able to afford to buy a $50,000 Hummer for their son while living in public housing. Well, LeBron's mother was able to secure a loan based on LeBron's potential earning power. At 18 years old it had become evident that LeBron was going to the NBA and would be a millionaire in no time. A person spoke on anonymity at the time regarding how Gloria James got the loan. They replied "LeBron James is collateral enough.''
8 German Chocolate Cake
German chocolate cake has been LeBron's cake of choice for years. Even at 31 year old, he has German chocolate cake for every birthday, without fail. It all started when he lived with his coach, when his mother wasn't around. It's probably because the area in which he is from has a highly German population.
7 Adidas Basketball Camp
When James was a senior in high school, he was to attend the Adidas basketball camp. Upon arrival, he was wearing Nike sneakers. I'm sure so were plenty of other kids, but it is interesting that he wouldn't throw on a pair of Adidas.
6 10 Push Ups
5 Why He Wore #6
James wore the number 6 for some time in Miami. He did so because his kid was born on the sixth day in October, and his other son was born in June (the 6th month). LeBron also wore no.6 as his Olympic number. Some claim the number has other connotations, like the devil (#6). Though this is creepy and interesting to think about, it's probably false.
4 Dunked in 8th Grade
3 Secret Handshake with Jay-Z
2 Loved Dr.J
In high school, James was number 32 because he idolized Julius Erving. Erving was his favorite player, and at first he commemorated him by wearing his number.
1 Michael Jordan Asked To Watch Him Practice As A Sophomore
As a sophomore in high school, James could not be more star-struck when the best player in the world asked him to watch him perform in a private scrimmage in Chicago. This best player was of course Michael Jordan, the greatest player to ever play in the NBA (arguably). Surprisingly, James never went. LeBron called Jordan's number, but was so nervous, he ended up just hanging up because he couldn't fathom the idea that he was actually about to reach Michael Jordan.
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