LeBron James’ son is already dunking.
LeBron James Jr., who is 13, bounced an alley-oop to himself and threw it down with one hand prior to a game at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic over the weekend.
The media circus surrounding James Jr. is just beginning, and with that in mind, LeBron Sr. has some regrets about naming his son after himself.
James feels as though he put an extreme amount of [unfair] pressure on his son by giving him the name ‘LeBron James.’ With the same name, people automatically expect the younger LeBron to live up to his father’s larger-than-life legacy.
“I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name,” James says on the debut episode of his upcoming talk show The Shop, which premieres on HBO in August. “When I was younger, I didn’t have a dad. 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.”
While having the exact same name as his super successful dad definitely doesn’t make things any easier for LeBron Jr., the truth of the matter is that James’ son was going to have high expectations placed upon him regardless of what his name was.