LeBron James and Savannah Brinson first met when they were students at rival Ohio high schools — with James being a senior and a star on his school’s basketball team, while Brinson was a year younger, a cheerleader, and a player on her school’s softball team.
After a brief courtship, she discovered she was pregnant with their eldest son, Lebron Jr., during her senior year of high school. The timing of their unplanned pregnancy couldn’t have come at a worse time, as James was just starting his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I was very scared. I was bawling. But he said, ‘It’s not going to slow me down, and it’s not going to slow you down. We’re going to keep doing what we have to do,'” she recalled to Harper’s Bazaar.
And he was right — his career only accelerated from that point on. He bounced around to several teams — from the Cavs to the Miami Heat, and back to the Cavs again — before settling in with the Los Angeles Lakers. With every move he has made, Brinson has been a constant, devoted fixture in his life.
Brinson first caught James’ eye at a football game during his senior year, and he soon asked if she would attend a basketball game. “I’m like, ‘Um, nope. I’ll take his number,'” Savannah said, recalling their first encounter to Cleveland Magazine.
While the rest of their city and the sports world were buzzing about the talented young kid who was predicted to dominate the basketball courts one day, James quickly faded from Brinson’s mind. “One day I’m sitting around — I was probably bored or something — and I’m like, ‘Oh, I forgot! I have this number for this guy that I can call. He seemed interested, so let’s see,'” she said.
After attending one of his basketball games, she realized he was kind of a big deal. “I went, and I was like, Wow, this guy is pretty popular in here,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. After the game, they took a trip to Applebee’s with a group of friends, followed by a one-on-one date at an Outback Steakhouse, where she called their conversation “basic.”
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