Shareef O'Neal Shares Heartfelt Message to LeBron James Jr

James will speak on the school, and his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, on Monday.

LeBron James only a rising eighth grader but recent events demonstrate the weight his famous name carries. Then you look at the Lakers.

"What do you say to your kid, though, like, living up to you being their dad, and they're playing the same sport that you played better than anybody else in the world?"

This statement was made in conjunction with the opening of his I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio through the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Obviously, LeBron James is good at basketball.

"The only thing I can do is give them the blueprint, and it's up to them to take their own course whenever that time comes". They're going to experience things I didn't experience. "And for me to be in a position where I have the resources I have the finance, I have the people, I have the structure and I have the city around me, why not".

The NBA superstar - who left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month - is producing and appearing on a talk show for HBO called The Shop, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I've always felt like that was one of the historic franchises.

LeBron already delivered a championship to Cleveland and his home state of OH, and now he's delivering a school in an area in which so many kids can benefit immensely from such an opportunity. Still, James knows that at the end of the day, there is only so much he can do to help his kids succeed in life.

  • Stacy Allen