In his long and illustrious career, LeBron James has racked up numerous awards and accolades like NBA championships and MVP awards. But while those are all great achievements, they pale in comparison to playing with or against his son in the NBA. That’s at least what James recently told the ESPN broadcast crew.
In the newest episode of Trophies by UNINTERRUPTED, James tells Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke that if he can stay in the NBA long enough to play with or against his son, LeBron James Jr., that will be his greatest accomplishment.
“You want to ask me what was the greatest achievement of my life?” James asked Breen, (transcription via LeBron Wire). “If I am on the same court as my son in the NBA. That would be No. 1 in my lifetime as an NBA player. I’ve thought about it because he’s 14 and he might be able to get in a little early.”
“Play together?” Breen asked in response.
“Or against,” James responded.
This is not the first time James has talked about playing with or against his son in the NBA.
“He’s got a chance,” James said about his son playing in the league, via The Undefeated. “If he stays on this path he’s on, he’s got a chance. If … it seems like he can make it, we’ve got to [play together]. As soon as we do it, boom, you got it from here.”
James echoed similar comments about James Jr. in a 2017 interview with GQ.
“I know I won’t be able to play at this level forever,” James said. “But to be washed and play … I don’t know if I can play washed … but I damn sure would love to stick around if my oldest son can have an opportunity to play against me. That’d be, that’d be the icing on the cake right there.”
For James, family is more important than anything else. Because of this, his family will factor heavily into his upcoming free agent decision.
Talking with reporters after the Cavs lost in four games to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, James said his family will influence what team he plays for next season.
“I mean, I have no idea at this point,” James said. “The one thing that I’ve always done is considered, obviously, my family. Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I’ve got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn’t around as well.
“So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I’ll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.”