Watch: LeBron James offers sage advice to son Bryce after tough game
LeBron James expertly played the role of supportive and encouraging father for 11-year-old son Bryce after a recent game in which the youngster was left a bit down due to his performance.
Bryce seemed frustrated by a poor shooting night, but Dad LeBron sagely pointed out how his son contributed in other ways in a game the team had “no business winning,” as the elder James put it on Instagram, but nevertheless prevailed.
“Listen. Come sit down (with me) really quick,” James said to Bryce as they walked off the court, as transcribed by Clutch Points. “You made three of the biggest plays of the game. You want me to tell you what they were? You get too down on yourself for no reason.
“You got the offensive rebound,” James continued. “Down four (points), you got the offensive rebound and got the tip-in, right? And then you had the outlet pass to Owen when he got that and-1. And then you made the last swing-swing to him for the game-winner.
“If you’re missing shots or making shots, don’t worry about it, kid,” James said. “You played a helluva game. You ain’t gotta worry about making shots or missing shots. Good job, alright? I’m proud of you.”
James astutely points out to Bryce that there are myriad ways to positively impact a game beyond scoring, a savvy observation, indeed. It should go without saying basketball players of all ages could learn a lot from James’ wise words.
Bryce and his older brother LeBron Jr. obviously boast a tremendous advantage when compared to their peers, simply by virtue of being the sons of The King. Further, how the two youngsters are also able to glean knowledge courtesy of their dad’s nearly unparalleled basketball I.Q. is a nice bonus as well, to say the least.