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LeBron James proposes to longtime girlfriend Savannah, who accepts

Jan 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT


2012 seems awfully different from 2011 for LeBron James. He’s entered this season different in a lot of ways. There’s less arrogance. He and Wade are no longer taking questions at a podium after every regular season game. He’s no longer fixated on the negative forces wishing him ill will for “The Decision,” which he has openly admitted to regretting. He’s working in the post more, he’s working as a distributor more, he’s making smarter plays and playing harder. And on Saturday night, he made some changes to his personal life, too.

Word spread like wildfire Monday morning that James had proposed to his long-time girlfiriend Savannah Brinson Saturday night at a lavish birthday party for James a day after turned 27. Chris Paul and Heat owner Micky Arison both tweeted their congratulations.


Happy for my brother @KingJames and sis @SavannahRB on their engagement!!! Extremely happy for them and the good times to come #HappyNewYearSun Jan 01 06:06:50 via UberSocial for BlackBerry



Congrats to Lebron. @KingJames and Savannah so happy 4 u guys.Sun Jan 01 06:07:30 via UberSocial for BlackBerry


So that’s about as official as it gets.

I’m going to pause and let you get all the jokes about how this is the only way LeBron gets a ring, and about how Savannah should be worried he disappears at the altar, and all that out of the way. I know you have a lot of them, just get them out of your system.

There will be a lot of talk about how this coincided with Kobe Bryant getting divorced. But there’s absolutely no reason to compare the two. Outside of the obvious differences (Kobe was much younger when he was married, James deliberately waited a very long time even after having two sons — who his very much involved with as a father — with Brinson), there’s this. Every relationship is different, every relationship is complicated, and every relationship is none of our damn business. These things are news, now, and that’s fine, here’s your post on it, we hope the couple has a long and happy life together. But beyond everyone’s favorite pastime of sniping at James, he’s an actual human being, and no matter how arrogant he may come across as, no one deserves to have as happy moment as the day you propose to someone you love be sullied by jokes and mean-spirited garbage. These things matter, yes, even more so than a ring for Cleveland or Miami or anyone else.

It’s a sign that James may be maturing, along with other telltale signs, but the truth is we don’t know. We’ve never known LeBron James and we probably never will.

But seriously, how big do you think the rock is?

  1. reggiejordan23 - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    and this matters why ?

    • goforthanddie - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      If he hadn’t posted his uselessness, You couldn’t have posted YOUR uselessness.
      Of course his is basketball-related and marginally interesting. Yours, like you, is only marginal. Not marginally interesting, just marginal.

  2. chitownbulls - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    It is about time… Geez.

    • skids003 - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      No joke. Waited till after he had two sons with her?

  3. goforthanddie - Jan 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    1-Does she know he has problems “finishing”?
    2-“But seriously, how big do you think the rock is?”–Hopefully bigger than one of his tips.

  4. jagrbomb18 - Jan 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Why did Chris Paul say congrats to king James and his SIS savannah ….I’m confused

    • goforthanddie - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      “my brother @KingJames and sis @SavannahRB “

  5. brooklynbulls - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Matt, you’re pretty defensive in this article. First you jump on the opportunity to set this announcement up as a joke, something to be ridiculed, then you immediately defend them. Way to announce the news.

  6. danj3678 - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Notice that Matt Moore wrote this article… Kurt Helin was so upset that LBJ was no longer single he couldn’t even type it up.

    • eaglesandravens - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Poor Kurt. Guess he’ll have to settle with Kobe…

    • berbes - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      I was thinking Kurt will be Labum’s Maid of Honor, right?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      This is frigging hilarious. +1000000

  7. tastybasslines - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    What an idiot.

  8. jerseyfinatic - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Umm not to be a buzz kill here but I think you meant Sunday morning instead of Monday morning. And this is kind of ironic how Matt Moore wrote this article because the QB of the Miami Dolphins name is Matt Moore. I sound like a spaz right now.

  9. cantonbound13 - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    He finally is getting a ring! I’m surprised he didn’t have Wade do it for him.

  10. areyesrn - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    The website Media Take Out (dot) Com said that it was required that they be credited with this story…

  11. otisls - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Congratulations to LeBron, Savannah, and the boys; may you enjoy a lifetime of happiness!

  12. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Not to be a buzzkill, but Bron…seriously…pre-effing-nup cause Kobe is about to lose the GDP of a smal country in his divorce.

  13. ogre2010 - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    @ danj3678: best post of 2012

  14. cosanostra71 - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I’m a LeBron hater, but congratulations to him. It says something that he is still with his high school girlfriend, even though we all know there have probably been hundreds of women who throw themselves at him routinely.

  15. jonirocit - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I’m over the hate lebron thing dude got his humble pie last year and admitted his mistake . Atleast he didn’t hold the team for ransom while under contract. Look I hate that players can throw a fit and get to go where they want however when it’s thier time in free agency they should be able to choose and that’s what he did . Why are we not bashing the system I don’t get how a player with one year left can force a teams hand . Maybe they should change the rules and have a draft for players who’s contracts are up . Good luck lebron and I’m glad to see your maturing but I still hope you guys lose to a small market team

  16. ibchuck33 - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Cantonbound13, hilarious

  17. crazimitch - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Oh man why would you ever get married? There’s no shor of this lasting. You have a better shot of Wining Six Championships than staying married as a star NBA ballplayer.

  18. johnnygsnake - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Congratulations LB !! Now it’s time to bring the championship back to Miami :) !!

  19. trickybastard - Jan 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    This is the type of basketball news I’m excited to read…horrible article

  20. sasquash20 - Jan 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Savannah the stripper or porn star?

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      No. Different person. This is LeBron’s girlfriend since high school and the mother of his children. She is a private person.

  21. barklikeadog - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Does this mean she’ll be off welfare now?

    • mrsdestinydevine - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      barklikeadog, 1st let me just say you are an idiot! If she is dating a dude who is worth millions why would she be on welfare. 2nd why would something that ignorant even come out your mouth, did it ever occur to you that maybe she was never on welfare. Why dont you do us all a favor and take a long walk off of a short bridge!!! Yo, congrats LB do your thing!

      • dirtydavis - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        Old dirty bastard was on welfare… right?

  22. jordan013091 - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Savannah will announce “The Decision” next Tuesday @ 8:00. You only need to watch the last five minutes to find out if she accepted or not!

  23. philtration - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    And what does this have to do with the NBA?

    Sounds more like TMZ to me.

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