LeBron James Net Worth 2015
LeBron James Net Worth 2015
LeBron Raymone James is one of the Best basketball players of America. He is not only popular with his fans but also with the major brands from all over the world. He makes huge amounts of money, not just from the endorsements but also his games, and is one of the highest paid players. Let us have a look at LeBron James Net Worth 2015, and his life so far.
LeBron James Net Worth
Full Name: LeBron Raymone James
Nationality: United States
Source of Income: Basketball
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, United States
Annual Salary: $72 million
Net Worth: $320 Million
29 years old LeBron James is now counted as one of the best players of NBA and earned a total of $72 million in the last season of NBA. He made $19.3 million from his salary and winnings and also made $53 million from several of his endorsements. LeBron is now considered as the greatest endorsement star of NBA because of his recent contract agreement with Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Upper Deck and several giant companies. During 2013, his signature shoes from Nike earned a turnover of $300 million in the US, making a record of the highest turnover. According to research firm named SportsOneSource, his jersey was the best-seller of NBA. He has also earned $3 billion from the acquisition of the audio company called Beats by Apple. LeBron is currently associated with Klutch Sports and Rich Paul is his current agent.
Born in Akron, Ohio on December 30, 1984, legendary NBA player LeBron James was born to a 16 year old Gloria Mary James who brought him up all by herself, until financial instability forced her to let him stay with the family of a local youth football coach named Frank Walker, who, for the first time, introduced LeBron to the sport of basketball at the age of just nine. LeBron started playing for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars in Amateur Athletic Union when he was in school. With his friends, Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton and Willie McGee, he obtained great success in basketball at local and national levels. The four, together known as the Fab Four, later took the decision to attend to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
LeBron James succeeded in clinching an average of 21 points, along with 6 rebounds, per game, in his freshman year at St. Vincent-St. Mary, where he played for the varsity team, The Fighting Irish, which won itself a Division III state title, and finished the year with 27-0. LeBron obtained 25.2 points, along with 7.2 rebounds, per game, in his sophomore year, and clinched 5.8 assists with 3.8 steals, in each game. Due to high demand from the alumni and fans who hoped to see LeBron play, the Rhodes Arena of University of Akron, equipped with 5,492 seats, was chosen by St. Vincent-St. Mary. The Fighting Irish, succeeded in becoming the champion again, in his sophomore year, finishing with 26-1. LeBron was not only honored as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball but was also inducted into the USA Today All-USA First Team.
LeBron made his appearance in SLAM Magazine, and writer Ryan Jones described him as “the best high school basketball player in America right now” even before he started his junior year. He was first underclass high school basketball player to be seen on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Due to his remarkable average record of 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game, he was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball on the same occasion, besides being inducted into the USA Today All-USA First Team. He was honored with the boys’ basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year Award, the first junior to make such an achievement.
During his senior year with The Fighting Irish, LeBron James traveled around the US to play against different teams with national rankings. One of the team’s games against Oak Hill Academy was telecasted on ESPN2 and Time Warner Cable, thus giving subscribers a chance to watch St. Vincent-St. Mary’s games on a pay-per-view. This was largely because of the amazing popularity of LeBron. He made an average of 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 steals per game in that season, for which he was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and inducted in the USA Today All-USA First Team for the third consecutive year, besides being honored as Gatorade National Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.
LeBron James was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He succeeded in scoring 25 points against the Sacramento Kings in his first ever professional game and set the record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut. In a match-up with the New Jersey Nets, he set the record as the youngest player in league history to score at least 40 points in a game, with a season -high 41 points. His average of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game led him to become the Rookie of the Year in his debut season. Along with only Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson, he is the only player in NBA history who, in his rookie year, has achieved an average greater than 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.
Having signed a sign-and-trade six-year contract till 2016, LeBron James became an official Miami Heat member on July 10, 2010. He became the third reigning MVP to change teams and the first one to do so since Moses Malone’s change in 1982. On July 10, 2010, a party was arranged at the American Airlines Arena by the Miami Heat for LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, the team’s new “big three”. He was cast in the role of the villain by the media because of his team changing controversy. During that period, LeBron once stated, “I started to play the game of basketball at a level, or at a mind state that I’ve never played at before … meaning, angry. And that’s mentally. That’s not the way I play the game of basketball.”
On July 1, 2014, LeBron James became an officially unrestricted free agent after opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat. He revealed on July 11, 2014, via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated, that he would rejoin the Cavaliers. On July 12, 2012, he signed a two year contract with the Cavaliers worth $42.1 million. A month later, Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kyrie Irving too were acquired by the team, forming a new “star-studded trio”. On October 30, 2014, LeBron made his Cleveland return in a game against the New York Knicks. In his debut game for the Cavaliers, he scored 16 points going 5-15 from the field, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
LeBron James had his international debut at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, for the US national basketball team. During the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, he was given a bigger role for Team USA as its co-captain. He succeeded in making an average of 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. Before his selection for the 2008 Olympic team, LeBron was served an ultimatum by the US team’s managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to improve his attitude. He did not participate in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and later got to rejoin Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London, England. His mind-blowing performance at the 2012 Olympic Games led Coach Krzyzewski to state that he “is the best player, he is the best leader and he is as smart as anybody playing the game right now.”
On December 31, 2011, during a party for the celebration of his 27th birthday as well as the New Year’s Eve, LeBron James proposed to his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson. On September 14, 2013, the two got married in San Diego. Together they have two sons named LeBron James, Jr. and Bryce Maximus James, as well as a daughter, Zhuri James. He used to reside in Coconut Grove while in his tenure with the Miami Heat where he bought a three-story mansion near to Biscayne Bay for $9 million. On March 23, 2014, he sold his property for $12.5 million. Coming out of high school, LeBron signed with Nike for approximately $90 million. Through his career, LeBron has received excellent endorsement deals with Audemars Piguet, Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Brands, McDonald’s, State Farm, Samsung and various other companies.
Today, LeBron’s contributions to the sport have already created some memorable moments in the sport. Fans are now waiting to see some more mind-blowing performances from LeBron James in the future.
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