Timeline of Lebron James. Overview of his basketball career and achievements. View here the biography of the gifted basketball player LeBron.
7 September 1998
James Attends St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
James would always play basketball with his friends such as Dru Joyce III, the son of Sian Cotton. Sian Cotton was James’ summer-league coach and the sun of Lee Cotton who was also a summer-league coach.
1 March 2001
James Competes in the 2001 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival
James led the USA North Team to the Festival gold in 2001. He also maintained 24 points per page. The basketball player also had other impressive statistics in this competition.
14 June 2002
LeBron is Dubbed ‘The Chosen One’ by Sports Illustrated
Many basketball experts started to compare the young basketball player to the superstar, Michael Jordan. By calling LeBron James “The Chosen One”, it was evident that Sports Illustrated were expressing hopes that LeBron James would rekindle support for the NBA that had dwindled since the retirement of Michael Jordan.
21 May 2003
LeBron’s Over $90 Million Worth of Endorsement Deals
LeBron signed several big deals in 2003. This included a multiyear deal with Upper Deck trading cards and a seven-year shoe contract with Nike. The deal the player signed with Nike was worth more than $90 million. It was also reported that LeBron James would receive $1 million a year for five years for the Upper Deck trading cards company to use his image on their cards.
26 June 2003
LeBron is Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers
On June 26, 2003, LeBron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year was one of the most memorable and impactful drafts in recent NBA history. It was filled with a lot of high impact players. LeBron will always be the highlight of the draft in 2003, but it also saw the likes of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony.
2 June 2004
LeBron James Becomes NBA Rookie of the Year
LeBron James made history in the 2003 to 2004 basketball season. He became the first member of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise to win the award for the NBA Rookie of the Year. LeBron was also the only player to win the award at 20 years old. In this season, the player averaged 20 points per game. His performance in this season placed him in the company of stars such as Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
6 October 2004
The Birth of LeBron James, Jr.
LeBron James, Jr. was born on October 6, 2004, to LeBron James and his girlfriend, Savannah Brinson. During the time of his birth, LeBron James made his debut in the Olympics summer games. This was held in Athens, Greece.
14 June 2007
The Spurs Triumph over the Cavaliers
The Spurs took home their fourth NBA championship on June 14, 2007, by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena.
14 June 2007
The Birth of Bryce Maximus James
As LeBron James played in the NBA finals, he became a father for the second time. LeBron James and his girlfriend, Savannah Brinson welcomed their Bryce Maximus James on June 14, 2007.
1 March 2008
LeBron Poses on the Cover of Vogue Magazine (First Black Man)
LeBron James became the first African American to appear on the cover of the Vogue magazine. The magazine was published on March 1, 2008. The player could be seen on the cover with Gisele Bündchen. Not only way LeBron the first black man to appear on the cover of the Vogue, but he was also the third man overall to ever appear on the magazine’s cover. The player’s appearance on the cover was met with much criticism and controversies.
4 May 2009
LeBron is Named 2009 NBA MVP
On May 4, 2009, LeBron James was named the 2009 NBA MVP. It was reported that LeBron won the award in a landslide on the same floor on which he became a star.
3 May 2010
LeBron is NBA MVP for Two Consecutive Years
For the second time in a row, LeBron was chosen as the NBA MVP in 2010.
10 July 2010
LeBron Joins the Miami Heat
LeBron James announces his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The superstar basketball player then signed with Miami Heat.
21 June 2012
The Miami Heat wins the NBA Finals
On June 21, 2012, the Miami Heat won the NBA finals. This was LeBron James’ first championship and his third appearance in the finals of the NBA Championship.
16 January 2013
LeBron Scores 20,000 Points
On January 16, 2013, LeBron James became the youngest NBA player to ever score 20,000 points in the NBA league.
11 July 2014
James Returns to the Cavaliers
LeBron James shared with Sports Illustrated on July 11, 2014, that he will be leaving the Miami Heat to join his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
22 October 2014
Birth of Zhuri James
Parents LeBron James and Savannah James.
7 December 2015
Nike Signs a Lifetime Deal with James
On December 7, 2015, Nike confirmed that they had entered a lifetime endorsement deal with basketball player, LeBron James.
19 June 2016
Cavaliers Win the NBA Title over the Golden State Warriors
This was historic NBA finals. The Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 series to defeat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Championship finals. James gets a unanimous vote for MVA after the victory.
25 May 2017
James outdoes Michael Jordan
On May 25, 2017, LeBron James officially scored more points in the playoffs than Michael Jordan. Jordan held the record for two decades.
1 July 2018
James Joins the Lakers
On July 1, 2018, LeBron left the Cavaliers and joined the Lakers.
17 August 2020
LeBron Competes in the NBA Playoffs
Despite the challenges resulting from COVID-19, the NBA still proceeded with the NBA Championship. The Lakers are strong contenders for the title.