LeBron James broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time NBA scoring record this past week.
Aside from Jeanie Buss’ weird instance on touching Dwyane Wade, the biggest story from the event was the presence of James’ family.
Seeing his two sons side-by-side honoring their dad was heartwarming, and it was fascinating to see how much bigger Bryce was than Bronny at this point.
A few days after James broke the record, the Lakers honored him at a game. He stepped to the mic at the event and broke down in great detail who his all-time starting five is.
LeBron James’ starting five is his family:
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“On behalf of myself, but this is literally about this crew right here,” he said.
“This is my starting five right here. My two boys, Bronny and Bryce. My daughter, Zhuri. My mom, Gloria. My wife, Savannah. This is my starting five. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do on a day-to-day basis.
“I wouldn’t be able to step onto the court and show you what I can do every night if I didn’t have the support and commitment from my family to do the things that I do,” James continued.
“I wouldn’t be standing up here, I wouldn’t be who I am, I wouldn’t be able to inspire people all over the world, I wouldn’t be able to inspire the Laker faithful, I wouldn’t be able to inspire nobody if I didn’t have the sacrifices and the commitment from my starting five right here. Please give them a round of applause.”
James has always been a family man. Because of that, how much it meant to him to have his loved ones around to commemorate his accomplishment was unsurprising.
Paige reveals who is going to win the Super Bowl this year like only she can. https://t.co/0PFTp4J20Z
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Now that the individual accomplishment is out of the way, James can focus on the team. The Lakers are one of four teams in the hunt for John Wall, and one of two teams in the running for Kevin Love.
Either move would really bolster the roster.
Will James be able to lead the Lakers to the playoffs in 2023? Time will tell.
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