James was born in Akron, Ohio to his 16-year-old mother, who raised him by herself. While growing up, he was always moving apartments while his mother struggled to find a work place.
As a child, he played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars team. He also played basketball and football for his high school teams.
In 2010, he signed with the Miami Heat, and won two bronze and gold medals in the Olympic Games for the USA national team. (2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics). Here, he won two titles.
Today, he plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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