LeBron James clearly passed his basketball ability onto his oldest son, but that isn’t all Bronny got from his old man. The sense of humor is there, too.
Bronny James answered some questions during an Instagram live session on Thursday, and one follower asked him who his father is. It was probably a sarcastic question, but the response made it worthwhile. Without hesitation, Bronny said his dad is Stephen Curry. The 15-year-old then hit a shot that would have made his dad(s) proud.
— Benjamin Cure (@BenjaminCureTV) July 2, 2020
Bronny’s actual father, of course, squared off against Curry in the NBA Finals four consecutive years from 2015-2018. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in three of those series. Of all the players in the in the NBA for Bronny to call his dad, we can’t imagine a more savage response than that.
Of course, LeBron and Bronny are always messing with each other. LeBron recently tried to embarrass Bronny like any good dad should during an Instagram live event, so this is just the latest chapter in the friendly father-son rivalry.
LeBron James’ infamous 2010 free agency period seems like ages ago, and in fact, was a decade ago. James left Cleveland that summer for Miami, later returned to Cleveland, and then he left Cleveland again, this time for Los Angeles. His career has seen him put on several different jerseys, but is unlikely to include a chapter of him wearing the blue and orange of the New York Knicks. But 10 years ago, he seemingly was close to choosing them.
Back in 2010, James met with the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls in addition to the Knicks and Heat as he contemplated his future. It’s easy to forget that James was said to be seriously considering the Knicks at the time. In fact, there was even a strong rumor that LeBron was going to choose the Knicks.
So what happened? Bill Simmons said on his podcast that the Knicks’ meeting with James was a “disaster.”
“They had the legendary meeting. Donnie Walsh was in the wheelchair, and (James) Dolan was Dolan. And it was just a complete – they didn’t have anything prepared. And it just couldn’t have gone worse, by all accounts. It was a disaster,” Simmons said.
Maybe Simmons was exaggerating for effect and the meeting didn’t quite go as badly as he says, but James didn’t pick the Knicks. Instead, New York landed the Amar’e Stoudemire/Carmelo Anthony combination and made the playoffs three years in a row, peaking as a 54-win team in 2012-2013. They haven’t made the playoffs since.
James won two championships with the Heat and a third in Cleveland. Now he’s trying to win his first with the Lakers and fourth overall. It seemed like James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had plans to team up in Miami all along, but maybe the Knicks’ meeting with James made the debate easier. Plus, Wade got the feeling the Knicks didn’t want him anyway.
LeBron James and Joakim Noah are not exactly BFFs, and now we are getting yet another testament to that much.
In a lengthy and insightful piece on the free agent summer of 2010 that led to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh signing with the Miami Heat, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst addressed Noah’s attempts to recruit James to the Chicago Bulls. Despite his already “acrimonious” relationship with James, Noah called The King early on during the free agent period. James never returned his call.
The piece also discusses how Chicago’s pursuit of the three stars was hurt by the fact that they only had the cap space to sign two of them and could not find a trade partner to help them clear room for the third. Then-franchise star Derrick Rose’s lack of active involvement in the recruiting process was also cited as a factor in why the team ultimately failed.
The Bulls and the Heat would go on to develop a big rivalry in the early part of the decade, but the bad blood between James and Noah ran way deeper. Noah infamously ragged on the city of Cleveland during James’ first stint there, and the two would regularly get into spats on the court even years later.
Now that James is on the Los Angeles Lakers and Noah has signed a rest-of-the-year deal with the rival LA Clippers, we might actually be treated to another helping of the age-old beef when the NBA resumes in Orlando.
LeBron James won two of his NBA championships with Mike Miller by his side, and now Miller is jokingly offering to help The King win another one.
The retired former Sixth Man of the Year Miller reacted to the news of Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley opting out of the NBA’s restart this week by pitching his services to the team in jest.
— Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) June 24, 2020
Miller, now 40 years old, retired in 2017 and subsequently went on to become an assistant under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis (though he resigned from his post earlier this month). He spent three seasons with James on the Miami Heat, and James was infamously not happy about the team’s decision to amnesty Miller in 2013. The two then reunited for an additional season together on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While the sharpshooting Miller might have been an attractive signing if he was actually being serious here, the Lakers may use the open roster spot on another one of James’ ex-teammates instead.
LeBron James might be able to get some tips on his shooting mechanics from another sports great.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic tweeted a funny video on Saturday showing off his skills on the basketball court, including some fancy dribble moves and a pretty smooth elbow jumper. Djokovic tagged James in the tweet and jokingly asked if he was ready for a one-on-one.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 20, 2020
James replied by giving his stamp of approval and even said that Djokovic’s follow-through was “beautiful.”
Ha! I’m going to say I think you are!! Beautiful follow-thru on that shot buddy! https://t.co/fMUocbVMRL
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2020
For what it’s worth, the 33-year-old Djokovic does stands 6-foot-2. While that is above-average for tennis, it probably means that he would be more Steph Curry than LeBron on the hardwood though, and the jumper backs that up.
One of Djokovic’s biggest rivals did once compare himself to James, but when it comes to actual basketball skills, it looks like game, set, and match Djokovic.
Why? Beverley had a funny take on Sunday that essentially explains why the NBA is almost guaranteed to return — LeBron James, the league’s biggest star, is coming back. That means everyone else is, too.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) June 14, 2020
This is probably about right. James is the sport’s most influential player, and a lot of guys will follow his lead. Sure, that will put him at odds with one of his former teammates, but that’s not necessarily new.
James is definitely ready to play. We wonder if he might be one of the influential players warning peers about the ramifications of not returning to action.
Kyrie Irving is leading a movement to have players not participate in the NBA’s resumed season in Orlando. LeBron James is among the players who wants to resume the season, for a number of reasons.
On the surface, James is 35 and knows he has few chances left in his career to win another title and add to his legacy as a player. He doesn’t want to see that opportunity lost, especially when his Los Angeles Lakers have a great shot to win it all. Conversely, Irving is 28 and out for the season with a shoulder injury, so not playing wouldn’t change much for him.
But beyond that, James did not participate in Irving’s phone call on Friday because he feels differently from his former teammate.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick says James believes he can continue to make a difference in society while also playing basketball at the same time. Whether it was partnering with Akron for the “I Promise School” or more recently leading an athlete voting movement, James has been doing that throughout his career.
Why would playing prevent him from continuing to do so?
James and others likely feel that they have been able to use the stage the NBA provides them to build popularity and a platform to share their ideas and beliefs. Playing basketball and making a difference can work hand-in-hand.
As for whether or not the season is resumed, we will soon find out. The vote was unanimous — 28-0 — from the players agreeing to the resumed season. Approximately 80 players joined Irving’s call. Will that be enough to keep the season from resuming? There would be significant financial implications to such a move.