S otheby’s is pleased to present, as the first item in our From the Archive Week, Lebron James’ Game Worn 2014 Miami Heat “King James” Jersey. This NO RESERVE online auction celebrates the ongoing legacy of basketball icon LeBron James.
This item is made particularly rare by the nickname placed on the jersey of “King James,” marking one of only a handful of times the athlete has worn this moniker on court.
- 2012 & 2013
Sport's Illustrated CoverWhile still in high school, LeBron James landed his first cover of Sport's Illustrated. That season James averaged 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game for the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish.
Drafted First OverallSelected as the first pick in the 2003 draft by his home state team the Cleveland Cavaliers, James entered the NBA straight from high school.
Rookie of the YearThough he entered the NBA after his senior year of high school, James quickly became a dominant force at the professional level and won the prestigious Rookie of the Year award.
Watch LeBron James's Rookie Highlights
NBA All StarIn his second year in the NBA, James cemented his place among the league's elites with his first nomination to the All-Star Team.
Watch LeBron James's First All-Star Appearance
NBA FinalsJames led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, however the Cavs were defeated in a four-game sweep by the Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs
League MVPAfter averaging 30.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game, James was recognized as the league's Most Valuable Player, an honor he has now won four times.
"Takes His Talents to South Beach"After announcing his intention to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, speculation about Lebron's landing place become something of a hysteria in the sports world. In a televised event, LeBron announced that he would join the Miami Heat, alongside his friends Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Wins Back to Back ChampionshipsJames brought the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals in consecutive years and won twice.
LeBron Announces His Return to the CavaliersIn a second move that shocked the sports world, James returned to his hometown Cavaliers leaving the Heat at the height of their powers.
Wins 3rd NBA ChampionshipThis time with the team that drafted him, James led the Cavaliers to a championship against the Golden State Warriors.
Takes His Talents to Southern CaliforniaJames entered free agency and accepted an offer with the Los Angeles Lakers where he continues to be a force of nature.
Watch Lebron's Highlights as a Laker
Watch the Highlights
LeBron James can be seen playing throughout this 2014 game (referred to as the “Nickname Game”) wearing this very photo-matched “King James” jersey during which he scored 36 points and had 5 assists against the Brooklyn Nets. During the game various players from both teams wore their nicknames with Kevin Garnett wearing “Big Ticket”, Ray Allen wearing “J. Shuttlesworth” and Paul Peirce wearing “Truth”.
LeBron James is today recognized as a symbol of success both on the court and off of it, and Sotheby’s is very excited to offer this historic jersey.