LeBron James has a lot of down time these days.
The Los Angeles Lakers star is out for at least a couple of weeks while recovering from a foot injury that he aggravated in a recent victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
He could well have even more time off should the Lakers fall out of playoff contention while he’s away. But only time will tell if that’s the case.
In the meantime, he’s putting his time on the shelf toward playing the role of dad. James attended his sons’ high school playoff game recently.
Sierra Canyon won the game over Bishop Montgomery 64-47, but James didn’t get away completely unscathed. He had to deal with the wrath of a high school student section when one bold student, dressed only in a toga, followed him around and signaled for him to “hold the L.”
LeBron got hit with the weirdest troll at Bronny's game 😅
(via @jnglert) pic.twitter.com/n86OTIP9pE
— Basketball Forever (@bballforever_) March 7, 2023
Clearly that decision backfired on the precocious young fans.
But that was just the start of James’ adventure. The following night, the future Basketball Hall of Famer sent out the following tweet.
Man Bronny definitely better than some of these cats I've been watching on league pass today. Shit lightweight hilarious 🤣🤣🤣🤣
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 7, 2023
It read: “Man Bronny definitely better than some of these cats I’ve been watching on league pass today. S*** lightweight hilarious” with a number of laughing emojis following.
Now, Broony James is undoubtedly a talented player.
He’s ranked No. 34 in the country in the 2023 high school class by 247Sports and talent evaluator Eric Bossi had high praise.
“Slowly but surely, Bronny James is starting to come into his own as a player on a loaded Sierra Canyon team. James’ 6-foot-3 frame has filled out nicely and he’s added some pop on drives to the rim through traffic or in transition. One of his strengths is his ability to make catch and shoot jump shots and he is a fantastic passer. James gives good effort on the defensive end where he plays with toughness and versatility. There are times where he can be a bit passive on the offensive end, but overall he has made positive strides as a junior.” – via 247Sports
But there’s an immeasurable gap from high school hoops to NBA basketball, regardless of the school. The tweet amazed NBA fans who wanted James to name names.
Father of the year: LeBron James 😭 https://t.co/8G88U6G99T
— Bron’s Best (@LBJsBest) March 7, 2023
Most people's dads brag to like 1 person at a store or church or somewhere…
Bronny's dad gets tells 52 million people his son is better than NBA players https://t.co/56UFKAIpjE
— Nick Angstadt (@NickVanExit) March 7, 2023
Everyone who played on league pass today pic.twitter.com/AGr3VlCNbv https://t.co/Ddjstadmpu
— DARIUS ALFORD (@IAMDARIUSALFORD) March 7, 2023
Please tell me you have examples. https://t.co/UKNNU2WXM9 pic.twitter.com/2Xxj78wfGb
— Emjay: No new sneakers / online merch till Easter (@emjaylapus) March 7, 2023
I am legitimately stunned this is real https://t.co/shptjFG8Et
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 7, 2023
James did not follow up on the tweet. But no one can ever accuse him of not being a supportive father.