LeBron tells son to 'chill out' after ankle-breaking spin move during tournament


LeBron James Jr., aka Bronny, will always have a spotlight on him because of his famous father. No matter what he does in life, he will likely always live in the shadow of his dad. Some kids can accept that, while others can’t.

While Bronny is unlikely to become the next Steph Curry and exceed his NBA father’s level of play, he is still a great basketball player for his age.

The 13-year-old already has NBA-caliber moves on the court, and he showed those off during a recent tournament in Wisconsin.

Bronny’s team, the North Coast Blue Chips, claimed the 13U title, and the younger James went viral with an ankle-breaking spin move.

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Bronny grabbed the board and a defender immediately checked him with a full-court press. After an inside-out dribble, Bronny then went behind the back to shift the dribble to his left hand.

With the defender still on him, Bronny executed a left-hand spin move that put the ball back into his right hand. That is when the defender got crossed up and ended up on his back side while the crowd went, “Ohhhh!!”

LeBron James wasn’t in attendance, but he posted a still of the act in which the defender went down. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar urged his son to show more sportsmanship — tongue firmly planted in cheek.

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With more than 166,000 followers on Instagram, Bronny appears to be the next young basketball player to get a following that rivals those of pro athletes, just like the Ball brothers did before him.

But a big difference is that Bronny isn’t yet in high school and Bronny’s dad can back up his boasts, unlike LaVar Ball.

Still in seventh grade, Bronny is six years away from college, but schools are already showing interest in him. In 2015, LeBron said his then-11-year-old son already had standing scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky.

Bronny is showing early signs of NBA potential, and a dream scenario has already crossed LeBron’s mind. With just 20 years separating LeBron and Bronny, the elder James has considered sticking around in the NBA until Bronny makes it there as well.

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“Oh my god,” James said on the thought of playing with Bronny. “If he has a chance and it seems like he can make it [to the NBA]? Got to.”

For everything LeBron has accomplished in his career, playing with his son could, perhaps, go down as his greatest NBA memory.

It would also make history: Not only have a father and son never played together in the NBA, but no father and son have even been in the NBA at the same time.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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