The proudest moment in every father’s life is when he sees his son following his footsteps. LeBron James – although has said he wants his son to make his own choices in life – has passed on physical gifts, basketball savvy and defensive skills to his offspring, a rising 5-foot-10 AAU star.
However, there is one thing he regrets passing on to young Bronny.
“I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name,” James confessed on the debut episode of “The Shop,” which premieres on HBO on Aug. 28.
In a preview clip for the show, James talked about watching LeBron James Jr. play ball.
“Watching my boys play ball, last year was the first year I really had some time to watch them play in the summer, like really sat down, went to four or five tournaments,” he said.
“I’m sitting there and I’m watching the game, and I feel my hands just start sweating, I feel my chest start sweating. I’m like, what is this? Ten-year-olds out here hooping, why you feeling like this? Then it went from just sitting there … then it went from me sitting on the bench to me getting in an argument.”
James worries that, by doing that, he has put pressure on his son who has to live up to a superstar for a parent. Although, he explained why he gave his son his name.
“When I was younger, I didn’t have a dad,” James said, “so my whole thing was when I have a kid, not only is he gonna be a junior, I’m gonna do everything that this man didn’t do. They’re gonna experience things that I didn’t experience.
“The only thing I can do is give them the blueprint, and it’s up to them to take their own course whenever that time comes.”
Every son looks up to his father, and Bronny is without a doubt proud to have LeBron as father.