LeBron James’ debut with the Los Angeles Lakers has been one of the biggest stories of the year in the sports world.
But in the James household, the debut of LeBron James Jr. for his new California team is the big headline.
‘Bronny’ makes dad proud with jersey switch
When 14-year-old “Bronny” played his first game for Crossroads School Monday against Culver City Middle School, dad was in the stands. And he revealed on Tuesday that he got a surprise from Bronny.
He had switched from jersey No. 0 to 23 for his new team.
LeBron the sports dad, on watching his son’s first game with Crossroads last night and what it was like to see him wearing No. 23. He said his younger son decided to wear 6, too, which is fun for him. pic.twitter.com/4VjUEG8JQ0
“I don’t know how long it’s going to last but it definitely made me feel proud. My kid has his own personality, has his own DNA. We share the same name, but he has his own path.
“But it was cool when he came downstairs the other day and he showed me that he was wearing 23 and then my youngest son came to me and told me he’s wearing six. So, it’s a really good feeling. … “It’s a proud family going on in our household and I’m a proud dad.”
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James (C) stands with his sons, Bryce (L) and LeBron Jr. after he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player at a ceremony in Miami May 5, 2013. It was the fourth time in five years that the 28-year-old James had won the game's most prestigious individual award, elevating him among the sport's greatest players. The Heat meet the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semi-finals in Miami on May 6. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James sits with his girlfriend Savana Brinson and son Bryce Maximus during the Rookie Challenge at the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, son LeBron James Jr. and wife Savannah James, celebrate during the NBA championship parade in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James holds his son LeBron James Jr. after his team defeated the Detroit Pistons in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals basketball series in Cleveland, Ohio, June 2, 2007. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz (UNITED STATES)
June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) speaks to media with his children Lebron James Jr. and daughter Zhuri James following the 93-89 victory against the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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February 18, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) poses for photos with his children LeBron Jr. Bryce Maxiums and daughter Zhuri following the victory against Team Stephen at the 2018 NBA All Star Game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: NBA player Lebron James and wife Savannah Brinson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Honoree LeBron James (R) and wife Savannah Brinson attend the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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Bryce James switches to No. 6
Here’s his younger son Bryce sporting No. 6 in a nod to James’ days with Miami Heat.
James told reporters that his family has embraced their new surroundings and experienced jitters normal for anyone in a new environment.
“It was kind of nervous for all of us,” James said. “They laid their uniforms out the night before. They laid their shoes out like the first day of school. It’s a good start for us in a new school, new community, new neighborhood.”
James watches Bronny dunk
When James watched Bronny on Monday, he got a treat. Bronny dunked for the first time in game competition.