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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 01/02/2012

LeBron James engaged to Savannah Brinson (updated)


Savannah Brinson watches the Heat’s game Sunday. (Alan Diaz / AP)
Updated at 2:15 p.m.

From the It’s-About-Time Dept. comes news that LeBron James proposed to Savannah Brinson, the woman he’s dated since high school and the mother of his two children, on New Year’s Eve.

James, who turned 27 on Friday, passed up the opportunity to propose in a Jim Gray special. Instead he went the more traditional route, popping the question at a bash attended by the couple’s sons, 7-year-old LeBron Jr. and Bryce, as well as James’ Miami Heat teammates Dwyane Wade (with girlfriend Gabrielle Union) and Chris Bosh, rapper Nas and Gloria James, his mother. James and Brinson have been a couple since James’ playing days at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.

A wedding date was not announced. Brinson attended the Heat’s game Sunday and was sporting a lovely gem on her ring finger. (Perhaps Pat Riley helped; he has some experience with rings.)

Evidently, love is in the air in hoops world. Last week, Michael Jordan and girlfriend Yvette Prieto became engaged.

CONGRATS are in order!! 2012 has already come in w/a BANG!! Congrats to @KingJames and @SavannahRB on their engagement!! We love u guys!!Sun Jan 01 07:18:38 via UberSocial for BlackBerry

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

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