Savannah James is having a really good year: two years after she, husband LeBron James and their three kids returned to their home state of Ohio, LeBron led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship in the city, she celebrated her 30th birthday with a Ferrari and the Akron-native recently christened the newest Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot Two, in her hometown. We caught up with her at the christening to see how life has been back in Ohio and how she continues to redefine what it means to be a basketball wife.
It’s been a big year for your family with winning the NBA championship.
I couldn’t be more proud of LeBron. He came back and did exactly what he ultimately deep down inside wanted to accomplish for his city. Being back home is a part of what makes us so happy.
You have been an integral part of LeBron’s success. What has been your strategy?
I’m his support system with whatever he needs. If he needs someone to listen to him. If he needs to talk or if he says, “Hey babe, I’m tired. Can I take a nap?” I will say “Yeah, baby. Take a nap,” and keep the kids occupied. It’s a part of the role that I play as the mother of his kids and being his wife. The balance that I create in our house is for his success. He is very busy and I understand that, and the kids are at the age now that they get it. Being there for him is a huge part of his success.
You’ve had a big year yourself celebrating 30 with a new Ferrari!
It has been awesome. It will be even more awesome when I can drive it. (laughs) I cannot drive a manual. I’ll learn to drive it. By this spring it’ll be on and poppin’ in my new Ferrari.
You’ve been so strategic in how you share and what you share of your family on social media. What’s your approach?
I do what feels right. I’m a very private person in general. With all the social media outlets, I feel like I have the choice to show you what I want to show you.
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Charreah K. Jackson