LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and now, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. is competing for his own championship.
The 13-year-old and his travel team, the North Coast Blue Chips, are competing at the USBA National Championship in Charlotte this week.
James Jr.’s opponent directed plenty of trash talk his way, as LeBron Sr. has taught him to expect.
LeBron Sr. responded in the past, “I think from the burden of him having the name itself, I think him understanding that just go out and just play the game and have fun and play for your teammates and give it all you’ve got. You play hard, you play smart and have fun, and let everything else take care of itself.”
He further adds, “The one thing that I have is the luxury of knowing everything that he can expect. There’s nothing that can hit him that I haven’t seen in my life. There is no obstacle that he will run into that I haven’t been a part of that I can’t coach him.”
Notably, it was how James Jr. responded that showed a basketball mindset beyond his youth.
James Jr. slammed four shots from 3-point range after the exchange with Alabama Hoopers players. The Blue Chips went on to win, 84-59. Wednesday, the Blue Chips put together another dominant performance. This time, they topped the Roxboro Thunder, 79-25.
Merely an 8th grader, James Jr. is already one of the most coveted recruits in college basketball. He reportedly has multiple Division I offers already including Duke and Kentucky.
“At the end of the day, he’s still going to have to live his own life and find his own path. But I hope he turns off his comments on social media. That would be the smartest thing he can do,” LeBron Sr. amusingly said.