While LeBron James has said he wants his son to make his own choices in life, he has passed on physical gifts, basketball savvy and defensive skills to the 5-foot-10 AAU star known as Bronny.
The proud father also named his son after him. A decision he now regrets.
“I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name,” James says on the debut episode of “The Shop,” which premieres Aug. 28 on HBO.
In a preview clip released Thursday, James spoke about how he feels 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? 10 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.”
LeBron realizes the pressure his son must feel living up to a superstar for a parent, but explains why he gave his son his name.
“When I was younger, I didn’t have a dad,” James says, “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.”
James is determined to be a much better parent to Bronny than his own dad, and LeBron Jr. is without a doubt happy to have him by his side.