Despite never having a contact or bond with his father, NBA great LeBron James still feels grateful to him. King James went through a lot of problems and setbacks in his early years, as many of his followers may be aware. His basketball talent had not yet fully developed at this point.
LeBron didn’t directly know Anthony McClelland, but it didn’t stop James from praising and thanking him in an indirect way. Since we discovered that Anthony was a criminal and had accusations like theft and arson pending against him, this would undoubtedly confound NBA fans. But let’s examine what LeBron had to say about his own father in more detail.
LeBron James credited Anthony McClelland for turning him into a successful person
To be really honest, King James actually published this about ten years ago. LeBron’s stint with the Miami Heat allowed him to finally accomplish his dream of winning consecutive NBA championships. Given that he had received harsh criticism for not being able to do so up until that point in his career, it was obvious that it must have been an emotional period.
Some supporters even went so far as to pelt LeBron with objects. especially during the years when he came up short in championship contention. Family and other private areas of James’ life were being brought up in crude personal remarks.
LeBron made a post on Instagram where he hinted at his father and gave him credit for helping him succeed because he was able to prevail and conquer many challenges. The NBA player pictured what his life would be like if his father were still alive in the post’s compassionate message.
Wow, Dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are, yet you helped shape who I am now in some way. I developed into the person I am now in part because of the fuel I use—you not being here. I want to be hands-on in my pursuits because of this in part. So if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know, maybe I wouldn’t be in a position to help those around me grow.
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After hearing this line of thinking, one cannot not but admire King James. He was nevertheless able to appreciate his father for unintentionally shaping LeBron into the prosperous man he is today despite the trials he had to endure that were typically brought on by his father.