LA Lakers superstar LeBron James has somehow exceeded the grand expectations we placed on his shoulders when he entered the NBA back in 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nicknamed “The Chosen One,” James was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 Draft straight out of high school and was being compared to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson before he even stepped foot on an NBA floor.
However, as soon as he made his NBA debut in 2003 against the Sacramento Kings, everyone knew LeBron James was a once-in-a-generation player.
LeBron James has been the king of the NBA since 2003
Since entering the NBA, LeBron James is first in games, minutes, wins, points, MVP awards, playoff wins, and rings. The King has won four titles and four Finals MVP awards. He’s also the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists and win three Finals MVPs with three different teams.
With the Cavs, Miami Heat, and Lakers, James has compiled averages of 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game in the regular season. He’s made 16 All-Star teams and prevented many stars from winning championships.
LeBron won his fourth ring last season at Walt Disney World against the Heat in six games, guiding the Lakers to their 17th title in franchise history. During the 2019-20 regular season, James passed the late great Kobe Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The star small forward is now the third-leading scorer in NBA history. James trails only Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Karl Malone.
LBJ is the greatest role model of our generation
Unlike other megastars, LeBron James has never been in trouble with the law and is always in the news for good reasons. Gloria James did a phenomenal job raising LeBron as a single mother and teaching him right from wrong.
James is arguably the best basketball player in NBA history. What isn’t up for debate is that he’s a legend off the court as well. Aside from doing countless charity work in his hometown of Akron, Ohio–none bigger than his I PROMISE School which opened in 2018–LeBron played a huge role in the 2020 Presidential election. His “More Than a Vote” group helped fight voter suppression and drew more than 42,000 volunteers to work at polling stations. James and his team also fought to help convicted felons who have served their sentences to vote again in the state of Florida.
LBJ knows the power his platform has and how many kids are looking up to him. The future Hall of Famer has never shied away from the pressure and has made it a point to give back to those in need.
Until he retires from the NBA, LeBron James will continue to make history on the court with his stellar play. As it turns out, the four-time champion is still breaking records off the court too.
LeBron James is AP’s male athlete of the year for a record-tying fourth time
A day after Christmas, LeBron James was announced as the winner of the Associated Press’ male athlete of the year award for a record-tying fourth time. His fourth win matches Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods for the most by a man.
“I still know what I do on the floor, and obviously, I give everything to the game,” James told the AP. “But I can make a greater impact off the floor right now, more than I can on the floor. And I want to continue to inspire people with the way I play the game of basketball. But there’s so many more things that I can do off the floor to help cultivate people, inspire people, bring people together, empower them.”
Critics of LeBron James will always bash him for his 4-6 record in the Finals and point out that Michael Jordan went a perfect 6-0 in the Finals during the ’90s with the Chicago Bulls. While facts are facts, pundits should start to appreciate James since he’s at the end of his NBA career, and there will never be another man like him.