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LeBron James Regrets Naming Son After Him; Shaq O'Neal's Son Offers Words Of Support

By Fitzgerald Cecilio
on Jul 29, 2018 04:44 PM EDT
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James admitted that he regrets giving his son his name, saying it would give him undue pressure to reach his level of success. James’ 14-year-old son is currently playing AAU ball. (Photo : NBA | YouTube)

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has expressed regrets over naming his eldest son LeBron James Jr., saying it would inflict unwanted pressure on him.

In the first episode of James' new HBO TV series entitled The Shop, James said he's sorry that he gave his son his name because of the pressure that could be placed on him to reach the same level of success of his father.

"I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name," said the 33-year-old James, referring to his son who is also known as "Bronny." The show will premiere on Aug. 28.

In a footage shared on social media, comedian Jon Stewart asked James on how he talks to his children about living up his success on the basketball sport. James' two sons are also trying to follow the footsteps of their father, especially the 14-year-old Bronny, who is playing AAU ball.

James Shares Experience Watching His Kids Play

"When I was younger, I didn't have a dad, so my whole thing was whenever I have a kid, I'm going to do everything that this man didn't do," James says. The Lakers superstar said his children should take their own career path when the right time comes.

James also talked about his experience watching his boys play basketball last year. James admitted feeling nervous, with his palms and chest sweating, seeing his boys hoop it up with kids their same age.

"Then it went from just sitting there ... then it went from me sitting on the bench to me getting in an argument," said James, who recently signed a four-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers. In his career, James has won three NBA titles with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Shaq's Son Gives Advice To Bronny

Shareef O'Neal is familiar about playing in the shadow of his famous father, Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal. While his father was a high-profile NCAA player before he dominated the NBA, Shareef was a four-star recruit by UCLA.

Being aware of his experience as a son of an NBA player, Shareef shared a cool message to Bronny via Instagram. Shareef tells Bronny that he can relate to his experience as a young player, adding that being a son of an NBA legend is not easy.

"To get all of this at a young age is a real challenge to adjust to. Bronny has it a little bit worse than I do, but the difference between him and I, he can back his up at such a young age," said Shareef.

Shareef said he would get hate from people in the crowd when he was 14 to 15 years old. At first, Shareef said his game was affected by the hate from the crowd until he got the hang of it.

"This kid has it all! I'm looking forward to seeing him kill it for the rest of his career!" ended Shareef.

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