It’s Tuesday. By now, you’ve read dozens of stories about the greatness of LeBron James, a championship coming to Cleveland, the block, a legacy cemented in blah blah blah, yada yada yada. This ESPN story about all that is no different, except for one throwaway parenthetical that seems worthy of its own story.
He raised both arms, just as he did when he pinned Iguodala’s would-be layup against the glass with his right arm, and his 11-year-old son LeBron Jr. did the same (making it no wonder why he already has standing scholarship offers from both Duke and Kentucky, according to a source).
There’s a lot to unpack in that sentence.
First and foremost, Duke and Kentucky are willing to give LeBron Jr. a free ride based entirely on the fact that he shares DNA with the best basketball player on the planet (although he has shown some basketball talent of his own). It’s true what they say — it’s not what you know, it’s who you know with great athletic genes that is related to you.
Second, 11 years old? When I was 11, I led my Little League in strikeouts. I fanned 18 in a six-inning game. Three years later, in high school, I couldn’t get anyone out. Sure, I inherited my dad’s baldness and balky back, but can you imagine betting athletically on an 11-year-old? Aren’t Michael Jordan’s sons a cautionary tale about hitching your wagon to the offspring of greats?