LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). James, commonly nicknamed King James, was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar while still in high school. At the age of 18, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers and signed an unprecedented $90 million shoe contract with Nike. During his first season, he received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and in the following four seasons received All-NBA and All-Star honors. He is a member of the United States men's national basketball team winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.