Billionaire LeBron James Rushes To $100K, Gold-Plated Gift For "Breaking Moment" After Historic Achievement In 2018
In 2018, LeBron James donned a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey and came onto the court to face the San Antonio Spurs. Notably, James and the Cavs were swept by the Spurs in a 102–114 game.
However, it was a historic night for James. Even though he lost the game, with 28 points, James had become only the seventh player in the league to record 30,000 points.
And after this historic night, the shoe surgeon did something special to commemorate James' feat. Notably, Dominic Ciambrone is known as the shoe surgeon of the sneaker world.
A self-taught shoemaker, Ciambrone broke into the news cycle by customizing sneakers and luxury wear with unique and hip designs.
As buzz about their adaptations grew, they received collaboration requests from major companies such as Nike. And one of his collaborations involved LeBron James.
Unique Customization of Shoe Surgeon
To celebrate 'James' 30,000-point feat, Nike reaches out to Ciambrone. They wanted him to customize Nike LeBron 15s with 24-karat gold-plated alligator skin.
However, Ciambrone had other tricks up his sleeve. He designed a shoe with zippers laced with 14 grams of gold and 5.8-carat diamonds.
Ciambrone designed something spectacular by going beyond the norm. His efforts paid off when the 4-time NBA champion acknowledged him.
In an interview with Maxim, Ciambrone said, "I saw Bron about six months later at a fashion show – he was hyped and he gave me the support and love for it, so I thought it was a job well done." "
For Ciambrone, it was the most "pivotal moment" for him and his brand. The cost of these shoes was about one lakh dollars.
After that, the Nike LeBron 15s grew in value in the sneaker world because people couldn't stop talking about it.
Despite being a gift to King James, this adaptation showcased James' influence not only as an athlete but also as a brand.
LeBron James, Billionaire:
Earlier this year, Forbes reported that the two-time Olympic gold medalist has achieved billionaire status.
The magazine reported that LeBron James's net worth is now around one billion dollars. He is the only active NBA player to achieve this feat.
In his career as an NBA player, the 18-time NBA All-Star has earned approximately $384 million.
Away from basketball, with endorsements like the deal of a lifetime with Nike and other philanthropic ventures, James has amassed $900 million.
In an interview with GQ, James admitted that becoming a billionaire was his biggest milestone. Now he has achieved this position as well.