There doesn’t seem to be a record LeBron James can’t attain, and pundits are predicting he may very well be setting a pace that could be impossible to match for years to come. Just to name a few of his accomplishment on the court, James is the only player in the history of the NBA to top 28,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists. He is the only player in the history of the NBA to average at least 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists over the course of their career. And he is the only player in the history of the NBA to top 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season 7 seasons in a row. The list goes on and on and on….
So lets take a look at LeBron James off the court. When James decided to campaign for Hillary Clinton in 2016, it was, for him, unchartered territory. As someone with unparalleled fame, when LeBron talks the world listens. Yet for most of his career he stayed out of politics, determined to focus on his game. So what changed? LeBron said that his decision to stump for Hillary Clinton was based on his belief that violence against the African-American community had reached levels where he could no longer remain silent.
Keep in mind that none of this was easy for James, as Dan Gilbert, who cuts LeBron’s checks, is a big Trump supporter. So what happened after Clinton lost? It would have been easy for LeBron to exit the complicated and controversial world of politics and activism and focus back on his game, but that would have been too easy. Instead, James decided to double down.
After President Trump seemed to give neo-Nazis a pass in Charlottesville, James was openly critical of Trump, calling for more “love in society,” and digging at Trump by referring to him as “our so-called President.”
In addition to his activism, LeBron is perhaps best known off the court for his foundation, the LeBron James Family Foundation, where he focuses on children, providing educational and extra-curricular initiatives.