Despite the fact that this is a non-sports blog, I decided to write another non-sports post in honor of tonight’s NBA Finals Game 6, which pits the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs have already won the series 4-3, so they will be the victors regardless of this game, but what if they won’t? What if the Cavs somehow win the series as well? That would be very surprising, considering this is the first NBA Finals Game 6 to not involve a team that won the Western Conference title. That’s why I’m excited about Game 6, even though most NBA fans don’t seem to be.
A year ago, writer Taylor Swift asked for a few things before she would agree to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers. The only thing she asked for was that she not be in the spotlight. Apparently, LeBron James has different expectations. He has a list of things he would love for his children to have.
No one can reasonably deny that LeBron James was already a great basketball player before he entered the NBA in 2003. He won championships with the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers and will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year.
This week’s podcast shows a different side of James: He has parenting instincts to match his basketball skills.
Bronny James would probably have gained at least some notoriety in the basketball world on his own merits. At 16, he was already showing obvious talent on the field as a prospect for college at his private school near Los Angeles.
In reality, he gets at least 100 times more attention than his skills because he is the son of LeBron James. It’s not his fault. This is the age of 24/7 sports networks, the internet and social media.
The son of a Lakers great has other advantages. One is that his first set of wheels as a teenager didn’t have 65,000 miles on the odometer and rust stains on the door jambs.
According to Archysport.com, King James’ son will ride to school in a modified Dodge Charger in Sierra Canyon.
LeBron James is so rich after two decades of NBA salaries, endorsement deals and investments that he lacks the monocle and black cat to be the villain in a James Bond movie.
But the choice of the Dodge Charger as Bronnie’s son’s first car makes it clear that it’s not just about money. It’s a stylish car, but it doesn’t pretend to be ostentatious and probably won’t be the most talked about car in the school’s student parking lot.
In short, LeBron James and his wife Savannah, his high school sweetheart, have met all the criteria for making wise decisions that they will likely apply to their other children, Bryce and Juri.
LeBron James leads the way in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Phoenix Suns. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images
The $480 million LeBron James earned a year ago has certainly changed the dynamics of parenting; trying to teach kids the value of a dollar when you own half a billion of them is a losing battle unless mom and dad take the task seriously.
And here James is scoring as impressively as when he has the ball in his hands on the pitch. On the Smartless podcast , presented by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, James talked about his own upbringing – I grew up in Akron, Ohio, in the inner city, the ghetto, the projects – and the comfortable life his kids enjoy.
There is absolutely nothing I can do to give them the same motivation, ambition or drive that I had, he said, as reported by BroBible.com.
That doesn’t mean he’s not trying to keep them down.
All I can do is teach morals and what we do in this house and how to behave when you leave. … You give them the plan. I hope they have problems. You need a challenge. … The best teacher in life is experience.
James was criticized for certain aspects of his life, particularly his outspoken statements on social and racial issues. However, there is no denying that he is on the right track in terms of recognizing the value of some of life’s setbacks.
Bronny may not make it to the NBA, but his father’s approach can help him have a good life.
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