There’s a royal family in a lot of different countries around the world, but only one that seems to stand out in the United States: that is the James family.
In the sports world, LeBron James is considered the “King of Basketball,” and for a good reason too.
LeBron never went to college. He was already playing at such a high level in high school that he Cleveland Cavaliers picked him up as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. Since, he has averaged 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.6 steals a game.
But now his son, Lebron James Jr. (Bronny), is beginning to grow popular too — playing for the Sierra Canyon High School Boys Basketball Team, and is why I like to call him the Prince of Basketball. Despite only playing six games and getting a small amount of playing time, Bronny still found a way to average 6.8 points per game last season. Freshman are lucky if they even get to see a lick of playing time on normal high school varsity teams. That’s just the way that it is. He has also showed off his incredible athleticism when he dunked multiple times in games last year. And since Bronny has already established himself as a role-player on this team, the future is extremely bright.
Sierra Canyon came in first in the state of California, and came in second in terms of being ranked nationally. Most of that is because the team is stacked with depth, but part of it is because the Prince of Basketball has a presence on the court. And because of that pretty much every game that he plays in is sold out.
Perhaps the most memorable moment of the whole last season was when Bronny went to Ohio to play his father’s alma mater — the Saint Vincent-Saint Mary high school basketball team. In that game, Bronny scored a career-high 15 points in Sierra Canyon’s win.
One of the biggest differences between LeBron and Bronny is that the NBA didn’t have the One-and-Done rule — forcing high school players to play at least one year in college before they can declare for the NBA Draft. LeBron knows this, and has began paving a new path for his son to follow.
After hearing Coach K, head coach of Duke’s men’s basketball program, go off on a rant about expectations for his star-studded team, LeBron suggested that he might want Bronny to play for him.
“Love Coach K!! The absolute BEST! Hope he’s still at the helm when my boy comes up.”LeBron James via Twitter
So if Bronny keeps continuing the rate of his progress, he might be able to play for Duke when he needs to find a college to go to: thanks to his dad’s connections.
And I would even take it one step further:
With Lebron James Sr.’s age (35) though, one might expect for him to retire soon from the NBA, right? I have a different theory.
While in a post-game press conference in the Lakers’ locker room, James was asked if he would ever consider playing with his son in the NBA. He joked that he wouldn’t because of what his body feels like after games.
“The way my body feels right now post-game, no, absolutely not. Through the grace of God and the grace of health, we will see what happens.Lebron James said in the press conference.
Towards the end of his little comment, he mentioned “we will see what happens” which is a big key to LeBron’s mind. See as a journalist, or as a fan, or even just the average bystander, we cannot fully predict LeBron’s next actions by instinct — it would be impossible. What we can do is try to evaluate his past and current circumstances and with that full context make our best guess on what he is going to do. LeBron leaving the conversation open for his son to play with him is a big hint that he has been thinking about it too. And judging by how he loves to set new records and doing things that will leave his mark on the game, as well as just being a family man himself, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he waits to play with his son in the league.
On the flip side, if this does actually happen it would spark incredible controversy and lead to whether or not Lebron James Sr. is forcing his son to live in his shadow instead of making a name for himself — which is a good and legitimate question. We might never know.