LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an NBA who
currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Commonly nicknamed
"King James" and "The Chosen One", the Akron, Ohio-born James was
highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA star while
still in high school, and was named Ohio's "Mr. Basketball" three
times. At the age of 18, he was selected with the first overall
pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers and signed an
unprecedented US$90 million shoe contract with Nike before his NBA
debut. He has since set numerous youngest player records.
In his first season, he received the NBA Rookie of the Year
Award and in the following three seasons received All-NBA and
All-Star honors. He led the Cavaliers to back-to-back playoff
appearances in 2006 and 2007; the latter year the team advanced to
the Conference Finals for the first time since 1992 and the NBA
Finals for the first time in franchise history.