It’s not uncommon for LeBron James to steal the headlines after a basketball game, especially in the NBA Finals.
But before Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, LeBron slightly caused an internet storm by wearing shorts. Except they weren’t basketball shorts, but rather suit shorts. LeBron’s total ensemble for his pregame outfit came in with a price tag of more than $45,000, including a $41,000 alligator-skin handbag and $90 socks. The total included his shirt, sunglasses and headphones, but not his watch.
The four-time league most valuable player and three-time champion has surely come a long way since growing up in Akron, Ohio. In 2016, after rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron made good on his promise to bring a championship back to the ‘land. At the Cavaliers’ victory parade in Cleveland, LeBron sported a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date II.
LeBron has also featured luxury Rolex on his Instagram page, including the Sky-Dweller.
Audemar Piguet, a luxurious favorite of many in the entertainment industry, teamed up with LeBron in 2013 to design a watch fit for a king.
“I always liked watches growing up. When the opportunity presented itself it was easy to say yes,” James told CNBC in Geneva, Switzerland.
The result was the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph with an 18-karat pink gold case with a hand-stitched gray crocodile strap. Only 600 of these watches went on sale at a retail price of $51,500.
LeBron attempted to make the watch look less flashy and more of an off-court watch, breaking with the gaudy, flashy styles some athletes tend to flaunt.
After the Cavaliers won the franchise’s only title, Tissot released the PRS 516 NBA Championship Watch 2016 after becoming the league’s official timekeeper. The watch is powered by a quartz movement with a stainless steel case and rose gold PVD coating and is made for a dressier look. The caseback is engraved with the Larry O’Brien championship trophy and the Cleveland logo all for the price of $795.