Lakers’ LeBron James explains how feelings toward father changed
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is a true role model on and off the court. How he balances his basketball career and his responsibilities as a father is an encouraging story for many. Despite living without his father, James explains how his feelings toward his unknown father changed over the years.
Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated tweeted out James’ statements during an episode of ‘The Shop,” an HBO show that he executively produced.
Lakers' LeBron James on his father, on HBO's 'The Shop'…
"My whole life I grew up resenting my father. Everything was like, 'F— pops.' He left me, why would he do that to my mom? … He's the reason I'm the father I am today." pic.twitter.com/lJaEVIBDdK
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 13, 2018
LeBron James is now a father of three children, and many fans get to see how loving and supportive the four-time NBA MVP is to his kids. His wife, Savannah James, is his high school sweetheart. As far as we know, LeBron never had any off-court issues or antics at all.
During an interview with Jeanne Marie Laskas for GQ.com in 2014, James also discussed how his absent father became a fuel for him to strive to become a better person.
“Like, ‘Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.’ The fuel that I use—you not being there—it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And be able to put my guys that’s with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in my business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend—he’s my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?”
It’s true that everything happens for a reason. But with LeBron James, it’s all about choosing the right path despite the setbacks he had to face over the years.