Each sport has its own iconic faces. Some have ruled for decades and some have been in it for a short period of time, but their name is evergreen. These athletes have time and again proved their talent and that is why the world is obsessed with them.
Basketball too has its own icons, first obviously being the God on the court, Michael Jordan. Second in line is arguably the most versatile of them all, King James a.k.a LeBron James. Even if you haven’t followed basketball in your life, the name rings a bell.
Now you might know a lot about the legend, his stats, his career even his shoe size for those crazy fans, but here are a few facts about the King that not a lot of people know.
Football changed his life
That’s right, football! When LeBron was a child, he played both football and basketball. While he was still developing as a basketball player, football seemed to be his calling. He was even set to go pro in the sport before a bad injury to his wrist clouded that decision.
It was because of this injury that James shifted all his focus to basketball. The rest is history.
James made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated very young
In February 2002, shortly after turning 17, LeBron was in the cover story of the celebrated Sports Illustrated issue. At the time he was just a junior in high school. The ‘Chosen One’ was the pride of St. Vincent-St.Mary High School. He even tattooed “Chosen 1” on his back.
12-hour sleep schedule
If you’re planning on being one of the greatest in a sport, according to LeBron you need ample of rest. At one point in his career, it is reported LeBron would have a 12-hour sleep schedule. Most of us would consider that the perfect life.
A first on Vogue
As if making jaws drop on the court with his stunning match stats during his peak wasn’t, LeBron is the first black man that appeared on the cover of Vogue. Before him, only two men had made it, Richard Gere and George Clooney. In the cover, James posed alongside supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
James and his wife Savannah are high school sweethearts
LeBron and Savannah were in rival high schools, but that didn’t stop LeBron from asking her out. Savannah was a junior cheerleader at the time. The two married in 2013 and have three children together. LeBron credits a big amount of his success to Savannah and also told Hollywood Reporter in 2018, “You wouldn’t be talking to me right now if it wasn’t for her.”