Doyel: LeBron James and his son Bronny writing a story of love, basketball – and sacrifice

Doyel: LeBron James and his son Bronny writing a story of love, basketball – and sacrifice

This is a story about fathers and sons, about a boy’s dream and his dad’s unconditional love and that place where they can intersect in new and wonderful ways. It’s a story about love and basketball, a story about LeBron James and Bronny James.

For years LeBron had the impossible dream of playing in the NBA with Bronny, who was born one month before LeBron’s second season in Cleveland in 2004. That vision was part fanciful, part farcical – father and son, teammates? Everything would have to go two steps beyond just right, with LeBron playing a record-tying 22nd NBA season and Bronny being good enough to turn pro as a teenager.

We’ve seen the way LeBron plays the game and plots the future, throwing passes nobody sees and forming sacrificial financial alliances – the first so-called super team is what he put together in Miami in 2010 – nobody else considers. His vision is impeccable, is my point, and two years ago he began speaking his truth into existence.

“My last year will be played with my son,” James told The Athletic in 2022. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”

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