A far more engaging personality in his second season with the Miami Heat, LeBron James took that premise to a higher level Saturday.
A James representative confirmed Sunday morning to the Sun Sentinel that the All-Star forward is now engaged to his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson.
Coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed before Sunday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats that James' teammates were present Saturday when James proposed.
"One of our family members got engaged last night, so it was a special night," Spoelstra said. "A majority of our players were there."
James celebrated both New Year's Eve and his 27th birthday, which was Friday, with a Saturday celebration on South Beach. That is when he popped the question.
"I'm excited that it happened," teammate James Jones said. "And he did it around the people he loves, around his teammates."
James and Brinson, his high-school sweetheart, have two young sons, 7-year-old LeBron Jr. and 4-year-old Bryce.
No sooner did the reports emerge then Miami Heat owner Micky Arison posted on his Twitter account. "Congrats to LeBron. @KingJames and Savannah so happy 4 u guys."
From the Twitter account of Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul came the message, "Happy for my brother @KingJames and sis @SavannahRB on their engagement!!! Extremely happy for them and the good times to come."
And from the Twitter account of LaLa Vasquez, wife of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony came, "CONGRATS are in order!! 2012 has already come in w/a BANG!! Congrats to @KingJames and @SavannahRB on their engagement!! We love u guys!!"
James, who had been reserved and guarded in his first season with the Heat, after signing with the team along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in July 2010, has been more outgoing in interviews this season, saying he has reconnected with his love of the game.
James had been particularly upbeat during interviews in recent days.
In July, Bosh wed Adrienne Williams, with the couple expecting their first child. Wade, father of two, is divorced from childhood sweetheart Siohvaughn Funchess and is currently dating actress. Gabrielle Union.
Several in attendance at the New Year's-birthday-engagement event offered updates on various social-media platforms, mentioning how Wade and Union essentially served as a receiving line, noting Brinson's ring and the massive celebratory cake.
Among those in attendance were Lauryn Hill, who provide an hour-long performance, NAS, Queen Latifah, Sanaa Lathan, Fat Joe, Lance Bass, Jessica White and Jamie Lynn Sigler.
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