LeBron James Jr. hasn’t even played eighth-grade basketball yet, but he’s already a phenom with highlight videos and overflow — and occasionally out-of-control — crowds to his games.
Of course, the basketball ability of James Jr., nicknamed “Bronny,” isn’t the only thing driving all the interest in him, and his superstar father recently addressed the pressure his son might be feeling to live up to his name.
James made his comments in a clip released Thursday from “The Shop,” a show he is producing for HBO that features “spirited, free-flowing discussions,” in a barbershop setting. In the clip, former
“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart asks James, “What do you say to your kids, though, living up to you being their dad, and they’re playing the same sport that you’ve played better than anyone else in the world has ever played it. How do you give them a peace of mind that they don’t have to be you?”
“I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name because of that,” James replies, while holding court in a room with, among others, Snoop Dogg, Draymond Green, Candace Parker, Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael Bennett.
“When I was younger, I didn’t have a dad,” he continues. “So my whole thing was like, ‘Whenever I have a kid, not only is he going to be a Jr., I’m going to do everything that this man didn’t do.’
“They’re going to experience things that I didn’t experience the only thing that I can do is give them the blueprint, and it’s up to them to take their own course, whenever that time comes.