Lebron James continues to follow in his idol's footsteps. Just days after Michael Jordan announced his engagement to Yvette Prieto, Miami Heat Star Lebron James announced he was engaged to his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson.
James popped the question on New Year's Eve with teammates and friends looking on. It was also James' 27th birthday.
Chris Paul and Heat Owner Mickey Arison tweeted their congratulations.
Lebron and Savannah have two sons. Savannah and James have been dating since high school. James, who struggled last year after he was turned from one of the most well-loved players in the NBA to one of the most hated after leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to go to the Miami Heat didn't respond well to playing the role of league villain. Something he recently admitted.
Maybe his new engagement will help soften his image, especially among women, who will see a guy who stayed with his high school sweetheart, despite being one of the most famous and wealthy athletes on the planet.
Here's a photo gallery of the Brinson and James:
There's no way to know if Michael Jordan's engagement prompted James to follow suit (James used to wear #23 in homage to his on-court idol), but we'll see if Lebron's first marriage fares better than Jordan's (MJ lost a reported $150 million after his first marriage dissolved in 2006.)
Heat fans are hoping this is the year Lebron finally does for the first time what his idol was able six times, and that's win an NBA championship.