See the Engagement Ring LeBron James Splurged On

01/03/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

LeBron James Engagement Ring
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What a pair — and what a pear! LeBron James proposed to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson on New Year’s Eve, and over the weekend, the lucky lady flashed her brand-new bling: a pear-shaped diamond flanked by two glimmering baguettes.

James — whose salary will top $16 million this season — popped the question during a celebratory dinner at SL nightclub at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach. The couple’s children, LeBron Jr., 7, and Bryce, 4, were on hand to celebrate with mom and dad, too.

“It was so sweet to watch,” a rep for Remy Martin V, who hosted the dinner, tells PEOPLE. “Everyone is extremely happy.”

The party, co-hosted by Heat teammate Dwyane Wade and his girlfriend Gabrielle Union, was also a belated birthday celebration for James, who turned 27 the day before. Heat star Chris Bosh (who tied the knot lavishly in July) and Queen Latifah were also on the guest list of 60 friends and family members.

“A person like myself always needs a great sidekick and a person you can rely on no matter the circumstances. And she’s that,” James told Harper’s Bazaar of Brinson in 2010. “She’s got my back, and I love her for that.”

–Kate Hogan, with reporting by Linda Marx

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Truth on

@Meems: I commend, respect, and thank you for raising your children alone after the tragedy of your divorce. I wish you all the strength and you and your children much happiness in the future.
But “LeBron is there, he knows what it’s like to be abandoned by a father and I can’t see him doing that to his kids”: Really? Are you seriously saying there no African American youth who were abandoned by their fathers and then abandoned their own children? That the rate of single-parent households is not much higher among those raised in such households, particularly among those who were abandoned, or never seriously parented by, their fathers? That the social costs of such unfortunate pattern is not born by us all? Such wishful thinking is destroying American culture. And that is everyone’s concern.

Biglo on

I’m so proud of Lebron. This has nothing to do with Basketball, it’s about him recognizing a woman who is in it for him and his kids. He’s rich, and talented, and now he’s doing the right thing. She is more of a RING then a championship can ever bring you. Big ups Bron. Be Blessed!!!

Summer on

I can’t believe he makes $16 million a year! And we wonder what’s wrong with America… Anyway, congrats to them. I’m glad he finally made it official, though I wonder why now. A child, much less 2, is the most binding thing you can have with a person. I don’t really think it’s for his money, because she loved him before he had any and she’d get paid either way because she is the mother of his 2 kids. It’s nice that they’ve been together so long, even through fame and fortune.

Tee on

Congrats to them on the engagement. Personally, it doesn’t matter one way or the other because he has been in his kids life from day one. @Truth, I understand what you are saying, but every one’s situation doesn’t work out like yours. As far as single parent families, there are plenty of factors, one is the amount of young black men in jail not being fathers to their children or killed over senseless violence. As we all grow older we mature, so know he gets he wants to be the role model and understands what all goes along with that title. Do he probably wish he had waited to have his kids, yeah probably so but once they are here you love them and move forward. From what I have seen, he has been there everyday for his children. But as we all know, the high school puppy love doesn’t always translate to long-term relationship material. They have probably went through their struggles as a couple and the light finally went off and said hey, she got your back. She wasn’t just in it to make “meal tickets” but to beside you in this journey called life. He could have been planning it for a while. He just wanted to wait for the right occassion. And for the issues about Cleveland, please get over it already. The guy played out his contract and left. It is called doing what is best for you.

Mark on

He’ll have more kids than championship rings by the end of his career!

walex on

He needs a “sidekick”? What is he the Lone Ranger? How about a wife, partner and mother to his children. That is what marriage is about. What an odd comment. Good luck girl, if it takes this long to get married the outlook is grim.

N on

Ladies…..don’t think if you wait years and years and pop a couple babies out doesnt exactly guarantee that a man will marry you. In fact men are less likely to marry you when you give away years of your life and don’t have any limits as to how long you are going to wait around.N

alex on

he’s a piece of s hit

Blondo on

Things are so ass backwards these days. Couples have a 7 year old on hand to celebrate an engagement. It will be hard to teach that child not to get knocked up in high school when the parents were shacking up.

James on

LeBron or better known to us in Cleveland as the lying king, so it won’t last either.

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