LeBron James' headbands, in pictures

June, 18, 2012

LeBron James' white headband went viral during and after Sunday night's win.

One reason: He gave it to a lucky fan who proceeded to put it on (see the video above). The other: It was, in a word, huge.

For a sample of the Twitter response, try this and this.

This isn't the first time LeBron donned a large headband; Google "lebron double headband" or, better yet, ask Jason Terry about it.

But it is a recent development, one that inspired us to look back at all the shapes, sizes and colors of LeBron James' headbands over the years.

And ... wait. Is it a recent development? Or did James go huge headband long before "LeBron James balding" became a thing? Here's a look ...


Miami Heat double headband (white)
LeBron JamesGarrett Ellwood/Getty ImagesJames in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, wearing the headband equivalent of a double rainbow.

Double headband (black)
James-PierceBrian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesSee the crease in the middle of his headband? It proves you really aren't seeing double.

Single headband (white)
Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James Steve Mitchell/US PresswireLeBron James in 2010, being applauded by coach Erik Spoelstra for (presumably) the sharp headwear.

Single headband (black)
Kobe Bryant and LeBron JamesVictor Decolongon/Getty ImagesLeBron and Kobe Bryant going at it on Christmas Day 2010.


JamesChris Covatta/NBAE/Getty ImagesJames in a 2009 preseason portrait.

Lebron James/Kobe BryantLisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesJames and Bryant on Christmas Day, this time in 2009.

Throwback blue
LeBron JamesGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesJames in December 2009 against the Trail Blazers.

LeBron JamesGlenn James/Getty ImagesJames in a 2009 preseason game against Dallas.

Alternate red
Carmelo Anthony and Lebron JamesGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesJames goes old school while taking on Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets in 2008.

Lebron JamesJim Rogash/Getty ImagesJames in the troublesome 2010 playoff series against the Boston Celtics.


Eastern Conference blue
Lebron JamesRonald Martinez/Getty ImagesJames as a star in the 2010 All-Star Game.

Eastern Conference white (the first double headband?)
LeBron JamesBruce Yeung/NBAE/Getty ImagesJames after the 2012 All-Star Game -- giving us an early glimpse at his oversize headband?


LeBron JamesBob Donnan/US PresswireJames while winning gold with Team USA at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Blue & red
Carlos Boozer, Dwayne Wade & LeBron BoozerJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesJames with, from left, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer and Dwyane Wade at the 2004 Athens Olympics.


Basketball camp blue
LeBron JamesBob Falcetti/Icon SMIJames all the way back in July 2001, showing his prodigious skills at an adidas basketball camp.

White (with NBA logo)
LeBron JamesLisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesJames in January 2003, playing with St. Vincent-St. Mary and showing where he'd soon be.

White (the first double headband?)
JamesAP Photo/Tony Dejak... and James, a month later, hinting at a headband that one day would help him to a crucial victory.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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