LeBron James says he won’t coach basketball to sons just yet
LeBron James’ two sons, LeBron Jr., 11, and Bryce, 8, have already shown at young ages they possess at least some of their superstar father’s basketball DNA. But that does not mean the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has any plans on coaching his sons up on the court anytime soon.
“I let their coaches coach them,” James said in an interview with cleveland.com.
James believes that allowing his sons the chance for their games to come to them on their own as youngsters will benefit them a lot more than him helicopter-parenting them on the basketball court.
“I told my son (LeBron Jr.) when he’s ready for the blueprint, I’ll give it to him,” James said. “But right now all I care about is him having fun. Have fun, play hard, and play for your team, and that’s all that matters right now.
“He’s at an age right now where he doesn’t need added pressure from his dad, from his father. I’ll teach him when he gets old enough.”
James’ sons obviously will benefit from their father’s high basketball I.Q. at some point down the line.
Speaking of LeBron Jr., James indicates he’ll wait until he’s 13 or 14 before working with his son.
The basketball careers of James’ sons already are the source of great fanfare, some due to James occasionally posting videos of LeBron Jr.’s on-court prowess on social media. But he nevertheless earns high marks from experts for they way he’s handling his sons’ basketball careers.
“It can really help protect his relationship as a father,” said Dr. Eddie O’Connor, a sports psychologist. “There’s no way their performance (is) attached to his approval of them as their father.”
LeBron Jr. and Bryce of course have all the benefits in the world due to their father’s wealth and fame. But with that will come a lot of pressure to perform and excel, not only on the basketball court but in the real world as well. It appears James is cognizant of that issue and is doing his best to let his kids … be kids.