Lakers video: LeBron James gives words of wisdom to his son Bryce
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Video: LeBron James gives words of wisdom to his son Bryce

LeBron James, Bryce James

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has established himself as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. James, now in his 16th season of NBA service, is much more than a gifted athlete, though. The three-time champion serves as a role model for millions of fans around the globe, but for his youngest son, Bryce Maximus, The King is still known as “dad.”

Most hoops fans have heard of James’ eldest son, LeBron Jr., who’s already dunking at 14 years of age. Bryce, on the other hand, is just 11 years old, but he too seems to have inherited dad’s talents.

As he often does, James decided to watch one of Bryce’s games first-hand. Following the matchup, the Akron native had words of encouragement for his son, who seemed to be down about his performance in the come-from-behind win.

With his arm around Bryce’s neck, James laid out the good things he did in the game:

“Listen. Come sit down (with me) really quick,” James said to Bryce as they walked off the court. “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.”

Bryce’s positive reaction is what parenting is all about. Words of encouragement can go a long way, especially when they’re coming from a father.