Exclusive: Inside the Life of LeBron James and His Family

The Jameses—LeBron, Savannah, Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri—pose for a first-ever family photo extravaganza.
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ALL TOGETHER NOW LeBron James and Savannah James with their children, Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri. “They look like the 2023 Rockefellers,” says LeBron’s mother. Bronny’s, Bryce’s, and LeBron’s clothing, Zhuri’s dress, and Savannah’s gown by Gucci. Zhuri’s hair clips by Super Smalls. LeBron’s bracelets and Savannah’s earrings and ring (right hand) by Van Cleef & Arpels. LeBron’s watch by Tiffany & Co. and Patek Philippe. Artwork courtesy of Kareem-Anthony Ferreira/Nino Mier Gallery.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

LeBron James and Savannah Brinson met in 2002, when they were students at nearby high schools in Ohio and just as LeBron became a national phenomenon. The promise of his early expectations was staggering, but he went on to outstrip it. At 37, he’s not so much an elder statesman of the NBA as he is the engine of its contemporary business, politics, and presentation. He’s also vocal about being a family man. He and Savannah married in 2013, and they have three children, Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri.

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THREE OF A KIND Bryce’s and Bronny’s high school highlights already have become a sports media staple. Swim trunks by Vilebrequin. LeBron’s sunglasses by Chloé; bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels. Bronny’s sunglasses by Ray-Ban.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

As LeBron prepares to enter his 20th season as a standard-bearer for the NBA and its ever-growing cultural footprint, his family has assumed increasingly prominent roles in the landscape he has reshaped. V.F. joined them as they gathered at their Los Angeles home to commemorate, in their first photo shoot as a family (including Savannah’s parents, Jennifer and JK, and LeBron’s mother, Gloria), what Savannah described to me as a transitional moment for her children. For Bronny, who turns 18 in October, a guard for the high school powerhouse basketball team at Sierra Canyon, it’s about “getting to a place to start to make decisions about his career and where he wants to go in his life.” Zhuri, a precocious seven, has her own successful YouTube lifestyle show, All Things Zhuri (highlights have included segments on baking, yoga, and painting). Bryce, 15, Savannah lovingly calls “the mystery of the family,” insofar as he could go in any direction, though he’s also a much-hyped basketball prospect himself.

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LeBron and Savannah with their Porsche 918 Spyder.LeBron’s clothing by Tom Ford; boots by Giuseppe Zanotti; bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels; watch by Audemars Piguet. Savannah’s dress and bracelets by Chanel; sandals by Gianvito Rossi; necklace by Bulgari.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

At Sierra Canyon games, the celebrities are both on the court and in the crowd, and Savannah has observed her children growing into the dynamic. “With LeBron being their dad, it’s just automatic,” she said. “It’s not something we’ve pushed or told them that they had to do, or anything like that. It just happened.”

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HOT TAKE “Excuse my language, but we a dope family,” Savannah says.Savannah’s gown by Valentino; shoes by Valentino Garavani; earrings by Jacob & Co.; ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. Zhuri’s dress by Lola + the Boys; shoes by Nina Shoes; headband by Super Smalls.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.
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FULL-COURT PRESS “It’s literally just us going to a high school gym and watching our boys play basketball,” Savannah says of the buzz around her sons and the celebrity-studded crowds at Sierra Canyon School.Gloria’s dress, sneakers, and sunglasses, LeBron’s and Bryce’s clothing, and Bronny’s jacket and pants by Balenciaga. Gloria’s bracelet and ring by Cartier. LeBron’s, Bryce’s, and Bronny’s sneakers and socks by Nike. Bronny’s tank top by Calvin Klein.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

LeBron signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, and his arrival in the city marked a culmination of how both he and the broader world of professional sports had grown entangled with the entertainment business. Some of the most resonant phrases of his career have to do with the place of an athlete, particularly a Black athlete, in society: “more than an athlete,” or his refutations of Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s insistence that he “shut up and dribble.”

“They look like the 2023 Rockefellers,” Gloria said as she surveyed the dinner table. She has a point. While the James family has not pursued anything like Kardashian levels of onscreen confessional, Zhuri’s comfort with an audience and the breathless anticipation around her brothers’ careers have meant that the family has similarly established itself as a public institution. In their Los Angeles garage, a photoshopped image of Bronny guarding a high-school-aged LeBron hangs on the wall—LeBron has said he intends for the two of them to play together in the NBA—and the basketball-internet ecosystem has recently turned its lens on a photo of LeBron and Bryce that seemed to show their heights converging.

LeBrons clothing boots and necklaces and Zhuris clothing and boots by Chrome Hearts. LeBrons watch by Richard Mille....
LeBron’s clothing, boots, and necklaces and Zhuri’s clothing and boots by Chrome Hearts. LeBron’s watch by Richard Mille. Zhuri’s socks by Little Stocking Co. Sculpture by Roy Nachum.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.
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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Zhuri, the wise-beyond-her-years host of a successful show on YouTube, sketches her brothers, Bronny and Bryce.Zhuri’s dress and Bronny’s and Bryce’s clothing and shoes by Gucci. Zhuri’s boots by Young Soles; hair clips by Super Smalls.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

“Watch your head, Mama,” LeBron said earlier as he tossed a basketball over his shoulder and toward the hoop. In between photographs, he and his sons had been holding a semicompetitive dunk contest on a shortened hoop in the driveway while Zhuri chased a lizard.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY Savannah’s parents, Jennifer and JK Brinson, Bronny, Savannah, Zhuri, LeBron, Bryce, and LeBron’s mother, Gloria.Jennifer’s pajamas by Petite Plume. JK’s pajamas by Eberjey. JK’s T-shirt and Bronny’s tank top by Calvin Klein. Bronny’s, LeBron’s, and Bryce’s pajamas by CDLP. Savannah’s and Zhuri’s pajamas by IAmJenniferLe. Savannah’s earrings by Chrome Hearts. Gloria’s kimono by Carine Gilson; pants by Vince; slippers by Olivia von Halle; watch and bracelet by Cartier; ring by Bulgari.Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

During LeBron’s second season with the Miami Heat that began in 2011, he proposed to Savannah on New Year’s Eve and her parents moved into their house. Their relationship has lasted 20 years and endured no small amount of scrutiny, but at the bottom of their driveway, it looked easy and spontaneous. As they posed in front of a Porsche, LeBron whispered into Savannah’s ear and she doubled over laughing: “I cannot repeat that.”

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IN THE PINK “She’s our in-house creative director.” Savannah says of Zhuri. “You try to keep things as sacred as you can. Back when she was born, we didn’t show her…. No one saw her until LeBron won his 2016 championship.” Zhuri’s swimsuit by Hunza G; hair clips by Super Smalls; sunglasses by Lola + the Boys. Savannah’s swimsuit by Cuup; sunglasses by Alaïa; necklace by Jacob & Co. Throughout: hair products by Rejuvagrow (Gloria, Jennifer), Sebastian Professional (Savannah), V76 by Vaughn (Bronny, Bryce, LeBron); makeup products by Chanel (Gloria, Jennifer, Savannah); grooming products by Tom Ford (all men).Photograph by Gillian Laub; styled by Matthew Henson.

Today, Savannah hopes to communicate an image of the family’s quiet dynamic at home. “Everything isn’t for everybody,” she said, but she wanted this photo session to recognize and reflect the bonds underlying the family’s influence, to show the world their center of gravity. “Excuse my language,” she said, “but we a dope family.”

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