LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
James played high school basketball for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was heavily touted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. James joined the Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star and concluded his first season by winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. James would go on to establish himself as one of the premier players in the NBA with multiple accolades including being given the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2009 and 2010. After falling short of the championship expectations set by the media, fans, and himself, James departed Cleveland in 2010 as a free agent to sign with the Miami Heat. This move was announced in an ESPN special titled The Decision and is one of the most talked-about free agent decisions in American sports history.
In Miami, James would capture his first NBA championship in 2012 and followed that with another title a year later. He was named NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP both championship years as well. In 2014, James would opt out of his contract with Miami after four seasons to re-sign with the Cavaliers. In 2016, James would lead the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors to end Cleveland's 52-year professional sports title drought.
Often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by many as the greatest of all-time, James' NBA accomplishments include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, three All-Star Game MVP awards, a NBA scoring title and being the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader. He has also amassed fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, twelve All-NBA First Team designations, and five All-Defensive First Team honors.
He is also known as LeBron Raymone James Sr. and King James.