LeBron Raymone James (pronounced /ləˈbrɒn/ ; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "King James" , he was a three-time "Mr. Basketball " of Ohio in high school, and was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar while a sophomore at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School . He was selected with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draught by the Cleveland Cavaliers . Listed as a small forward , James has set numerous youngest player records since joining the league. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003–04 , was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008–09 and 2009–10 , and has been both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005. In 2010, a much-publicized free agency process ended with James signing with the Miami Heat.
James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to consecutive playoff appearances from 2006 through 2010 . In 2007 , the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs . In 2011 , James and the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals but lost to the Dallas Mavericks . James has been a member of the USA national team , winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold at the 2008 Olympics .
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