Sure, LeBron James might have taken care of his biggest bit of offseason business by deciding to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency, but that doesn't mean he can just take the rest of the summer off. He's still got plenty to do — crowdsourcing his new jersey number, (reportedly) recruiting new teammates and, perhaps most important of all, taking a front-row seat to watch his son, LeBron Jr., play for the Miami City Ballers in the AAU Fourth Grade Division I national championship tournament, held this past weekend at Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington, Ky.
You can throw the championship rings, MVPs and All-Star berths aside — when it comes time to watch his son play, LeBron looks an awful lot like just about any other eager dad. (Except, y'know, a little bigger.)
Between all the cheering and tackling-his-son-like-he-was-a-guy-who'd-hit-a-half-court-shot, James chatted with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari — no word yet on whether Cal landed any Class of 2022 commits during the fourth-grade tournament, but I'm sure that's just a matter of time — and posed for some photos with the victorious youngsters:
Basketball might never stop for the world's greatest players, but their relationship to it can still change. I'm willing to bet this was a bit more fun for LeBron than carrying around tires or hoisting hundreds of jumpers, and after yet another long season, it's got to be nice to just sit and watch your son play, just like anybody else, even — or maybe especially — when you're not actually just like anybody else.
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