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He used to be The King of his court while with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, with full autonomy. But these days, he’s in more of a Democracy as part of the Miami Heat basketball team, sharing the spotlight with two other stars. But what others would describe as a demotion, LeBron James has magnified his status in the league and grown his net worth to $256,173,600.
Two years ago, James went to the Miami Heats amid intense emotional fallout. His former fans were furious, burning his jersey in a frenzy of jilted love and the owner of the Cavaliers even cast a curse on the NBA star. For a while it looked like it worked for the overly-hyped, breathlessly anticipated Championship from the power-house ‘merger’ wasn’t delivered. LeBron, Wade, Bosh and the Heat got second place. Not what he had in mind for 2011.
James was drafted in 2003 right out of high school, the then teenager signed a staggering $90 million contract with Nike before he even threw a ball for the team. In addition, he negotiated a healthy package for basketball play. But frustration over never snagging a championship ring pushed him to jump ship which caused a firestorm in the national basketball arena. Everyone had an opinion and LeBron was dark villain or hero depending on who you talked to.
Fans were highly upset and many forgot LeBron was a ‘virgin’ in the drafting world - where he had so far given it all only to Cleveland. But folks didn’t care about that little detail when hurling strong words like disloyal and ungrateful. Fans simply wanted their star player to stay.
The Ohio native has amassed a list of accomplishments in his years playing pro. They include: 2004 Rookie of the Year; MVP for The Allstar Games 2006, 2008; 2009, 2010 Most Valuable Player and 2008 scoring champion. His lucrative endorsements deals and contracts have catapulted him to the top of the bankable pile.