CLEVELAND -- A few days before he officially turns 21,
LeBron James was thrown a glamorous birthday party.
The Cavaliers' All-Star forward celebrated Wednesday with family, friends, fans, teammates and VIPs at downtown's House of
Blues, not far from where James lights up Quicken Loans Arena on a
Wearing a white suit, James arrived about 8:30 p.m. in his black
Rolls Royce before going inside to host a private dinner for 65
people in the club's exclusive Foundation Room. Then, it was
downstairs to party with 1,000 people.
Tickets for the party ranged from $50 to $300 with parts of the
proceeds going to charity.
After practice Wednesday, James said he hoped partygoers
wouldn't try to pass off Christmas gifts as his birthday present.
"I hope I get gifts," he said with a smile. "I hope a lot of
people bring me nice gifts for my birthday."
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, who attended the party, said his wife was at a loss for what to buy for the NBA superstar who
presumably has everything.
"She said, `What do you get LeBron?"' Brown said. "I said, 'I
don't know, babe. You can figure it out.' "
In less than three seasons in the NBA, James, who jumped
straight from high school to the pros, has established himself as
one of the league's premier players. In addition to rewriting the
record book for players under 21, James has resurrected the
Cavaliers, who were one of the league's worst franchises before his
James' birthday is Dec. 30, a date he shares with golfer Tiger Woods, who like James had a rapid rise to superstardom.
This season, James is averaging 30.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and
5.6 assists for the Cavaliers, who are off until Saturday when they
face the Detroit Pistons.