LeBron James is known for his on-court moments and basketball expertise. Whether it's the high flying dunks, the chase down blocks, the no-look passes, or his ability to score the ball at ease, James is a must-see player every time he steps foot on the court. From the NBA MVP seasons to the NBA Championships, James has shown that he is one of the best to ever pick up a basketball.
In 2003, James stepped onto the scene as the next big thing, at least since Allen Iverson was drafted in 1996. Since then, James has not disappointed. Love him or hate him, James has won two NBA Championships and four NBA MVP Awards, just to name a few of his accomplishments. James had dominated the NBA going to five straight NBA Finals and probably six after this season is over.
Most know of LeBron's basketball legacy on the court but what about his legacy off the court. What does "the best basketball player in the world" do outside of basketball? What kind of man is James outside off the court? What are his hobbies and interests? Many know of James' personality on the court, which is him mostly crying after every play or taking his jersey off after games to indicate that he wants to leave that team at the time, but how does James act when he's not passing or shooting a basketball.
Here are some interesting facts and moments that fans, players, teammates, and the general public might not have known about "King James."
15 Big Music Fan
James is always seen bumping some tunes before the game, so this is no shock. Music can get you ready for anything, whether it's a game or going out to party. What type of music you listen to can determine the outcome of your night. James told ESPN in a interview that "he chooses songs to try to rally his teammates to what he calls a song that will hit home and help us prepare for battle." James prefers Hip-Hop music and his favorite artists are Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Drake.
14 Fan of WWE
LeBron has been open about his love for the WWE ever since he was a kid, and that passion for the WWE has not changed at age 31. Recently on Instagram, James gave a shootout to WWE wrestler Sting, who was the first inductee of the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame class, writing "S/O a LEGEND! One of my fav of all time! Congratulations!"
When James went online to do a Q&A with fans, someone asked "Who is favorite wrestler?" and James answered "Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Ric Flair, and Legion of Doom."
James can even do the legendary "People's Eyebrow." Well, kind of ... not really.
13 First Child Born in 2004
LeBron James had his first child on October 6, 2004 and named him LeBron James, Jr. Seeing as those he was named after his father, it's only right that he chose to play or was forced to play basketball. He is actually not that bad 12-years-old, receiving scouting looks from Kentucky and Ohio State already.
James, Jr. led his AAU to the national championship and has Los Angeles Clippers superstar Chris Paul as a Godfather. With his father, Paul, and other NBA players surrounding him, James, Jr. is looking like he has a bright future in basketball. Like father, like son.
James also has another son named Bryce and a daughter named Zhuri.
12 Featured in Documentary "More Than a Game"
In 2008, a documentary film by the name of "More Than a Game," followed around LeBron James and his four of his teammates from Akron, Ohio and the trails and tribulations they had to face playing basketball and going through life. The film also shadows the rise of James and his stardom to the NBA.
The other players featured in the film were Dru Joyce, III, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee and his AAU coach Dru Joyce, II.
11 11. Made over $30 Million from Dre Beats Stake
James brought a small stake in Dr. Dre's Dre Beats headphones back in 2008 when they were just becoming popular, but made a big profit when Dre sold his Beats Electronics company to Apple for $3 billion.
Due to this enormous, record breaking move by Dre, James earned at least $30 million by just sitting at home. James already makes a good amount of money in thee NBA, making about $19 million a season. On top of his endorsements, shoes, and movie deals, James could retire from the NBA today if he wanted to and him and his family would be just fine.
10 LeBron Competes in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
In 2014, the ALS Bucket Challenge was a huge trending topic. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. However, there is currently no cure for this disease. In 2014, the ALS ice bucket challenge started.
This challenge was made to raise money on awareness of ALS and find a cure through research. During his challenge, people all around the world would get a bucket of ice and dump it on themselves or have somebody else dump it on them. After they have done that, they nominate at least three people to also take on the challenge and donate a sum of money of their choosing.
James like many other famous faces would take an interest in this challenge which was for an excellent cause.
9 Played a on Role Entourage
In 2009, James played a small role on the HBO hit-show "Entourage" for their season six finale. Entourage is a show about a man named Vincent Chase who is actor in Hollywood and his inner circle (an entourage). The shows presents the ins-and-outs of being a celebrity and the highlights love affairs, show business, and how hard it is to become famous and stay famous.
As Chase is about to board his private jet to Italy, he is stopped by James and Matt Damon, who both play themselves on the show, in order to receive a bigger check from Chase for a charity fund. Chase originally donated $10,000 to the charity, but James and Damon convince him to donate $150,000.
8 Engagement to Savannah Brinson
On December 31, 2011 LeBron James celebrated his 27th birthday, as well as New Years's Eve at a party, but that wasn't good enough. James proposed to his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson after years of dating at a NYE party hosted by teammate at the time Dwayne Wade and then girlfriend Gabrielle Union.
Chris Bosh, rapper Nas, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra Queen Latifah, supermodel Jessica White, and James' mother Gloria James were all in attendance for this special occasion. Brinson's gigantic ring was noted between $250,00-$300,000. Now that's love.
7 Executive Producer of Survivor's Remorse
In 2014, LeBron James premiered his first show as an executive producer, entitled "Survivor's Remorse." This Starz television show was about a boy named Cam Calloway and his life after he signs a contract to become a professional basketball player and moves his entire family to Atlanta.
The shows airs on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. on Starz, having already aired two full seasons, the show will return this year with its third.
6 Hosts ESPY Awards
In 2007, LeBron James alongside Jimmy Kennel, hosted the 15th annual ESPY Awards at age 22. Since 1993, the ESPYS have recognized the best individual and team athletic achievements and other sports-relate performances during the preceding calendar year.
James is only the second athlete to host the ESPYs, with the other being Lance Armstrong in 2006. James did a great job, making jokes and even dressing up as Bobby Brown and performing some of his hits. In addition to hosting, James also took home the ESPY award for "Best NBA Player."
5 Hosted Saturday Night Live
In 2007, at just the age of 22, LeBron James hosted the 33rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Since 1975, SNL has been one of the best late-night comedy shows out there. The Emmy-Award winning show has spread laughter throughout the night time for more than 40 years now. A young adult hosting this show is a huge accomplishment and to make things better, one of James' favorite rapper Kanye West was also in attendance to perform. James has also noted that he wouldn't mind hosting SNL again.
4 Played a Part in Trainwreck
In 2015, LeBron James moved form the court to the big screen as he played himself in a movie entitled "Trainwreck." This romantic-comedy film was about a little girl that is taught that monogamy isn't real. She grows up to be a magazine writer and lives by the rule she was taught as a young girl. However, she starts to fall a sports doctor who she is writing an article about. Throughout the movie, she tries to figure out if what she has known her whole life is true or not.
James plays the role of the sports doctor's basketball playing best friend. James actually has been reviewed by many critics as the funniest person in the movie and the comic relief, making his journey to the movie world a good one.
3 Wedding with Wife Savannah Brinson
On September 14, 2013, James decided to tie the knot with this longtime partner Savannah Brinson in San Diego.
James had a three-day wedding, which is why he calls himself "The King." The first day was a barbecue with family and friends. The next day was the actual wedding, which featured Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Carmelo Anthony and his wit LaLa, Chris Paul, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat President Pat Riley, and singer Neyo.
Despite all those big names, Beyonce came out to perform her single single "Crazy in Love." Her husband Jay-Z, who is one of James' favorite rappers, was also in attendance for the festivities.
The last day was just a simple brunch to top off an extravagant weekend.
2 LeBron James Family Foundation
The LeBron James Family Foundation’s mission is "to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives."
This foundation believes that education and living a active, healthy life can help, not only change, but develop children and young adults. James wants these kids to go to school instead of jail.
Under the foundation, James has a mentoring program by the name of "Wheels For Education" to help kids who are in third grade and are at risk of dropping of out, to help them get to 12th grade and graduate from high school.
James will have to wait until 2021, when the first class of students under his program graduate, to see how effective the mentoring program actually is.
1 Helping Put Kids Through College
In 2015, the LeBron James Family Foundation, in partnership with the University of Akron, put as many as 2,300 students through college.
The LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron could be putting as many as 2,300 Akron kids through college thanks to an announced partnership.
According to a Akron beacon Journal: "James and UA President Scott Scarborough will work together over the next five years to raise money to cover the tuition and general fees for the first recipients of the scholarships, who will be graduating from high school in 2021."
Good on James for helping kids make it through.
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