Basketball superstar LeBron James, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, announced Sunday that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The rise of LeBron James – James drives to the hoop in 2002 as he plays for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. James was already starting to become a household name in high school, and ESPN was even airing some of his games.
The rise of LeBron James – James shouts instructions during a 2003 game against Mater Dei High School in Los Angeles.
The rise of LeBron James – James, right, plays for St.Vincent-St.Mary in 2003. He would go straight from high school to the NBA, becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
The rise of LeBron James – James poses in front of a Hummer after a news conference at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in April 2003.
The rise of LeBron James – James poses with his new Cleveland Cavaliers jersey after he was drafted in June 2003.
The rise of LeBron James – James goes for a dunk during an October 2003 game in Sacramento, California. In his first year in the NBA, he won the league's Rookie of the Year Award.
The rise of LeBron James – James, left, takes a portrait with fellow NBA All-Stars Kobe Bryant, right, and Kevin Garnett in February 2005. James has been an All-Star every year since.