The file on LeBron James
High school phenom
Lebron James attended Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. In his freshmen season, he averaged 18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. He helped his team to win a state championship in 2000, and was named the state tournament MVP.
The Chosen One
James was given the nickname "The Chosen One" in high school and made the cover of Sports Illustrated. He finished his high school basketball career by leading Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School to three state titles (back-to-back championships in 2000 and 2001), and was the youngest player to earn the label "Ohio's Mr. Basketball."
In a draft class that included Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, James was the number one recruit out of high school. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected "King James" with the No. 1 pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft. He made his debut on Oct. 29, 2003, scoring 25 points in a 106-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
James won his second NBA MVP Award following the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010 he announced that he was leaving Cleveland to join Bosh and Wade in Miami. The Cavaliers agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Heat and received five draft picks, along with a traded player exception, in exchange for James. Owner Dan Gilbert called Lebron's decision to play for Miami, "a cowardly betrayal."
Finals MVP and two-time champion
In his four seasons with the Heat, James helped Miami reach the NBA Finals each year, won two regular season MVP Awards, two Finals MVP Awards, and two NBA championships.
Going back to Cleveland
After opting out of his contract with the Heat and becoming an unrestricted free agent, James tells Sports Illustrated that he is returning to Cleveland.