NBA icon LeBron James reiterates dream to mimic MLB legend and play with son

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Bronny James could enter the NBA ahead of the 2025.26 season (Image: Getty Images)
Bronny James could enter the NBA ahead of the 2025.26 season (Image: Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James admitted again he needs to play with son Bronny in the NBA before he calls time on his legendary career.

James - who signed with the Lakers after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018 - has long held interest in playing alongside his son, who could be drafted by an NBA team as early as 2025. The four-time NBA champion has publicly declared the prospect of playing in the league with Bronny as a goal of his before James finally walks away from basketball.

The 38-year-old looks likely to prolong his illustrious career in order to do so, although he is showing no signs of slowing down. James tallied a season-high of 47 points against the Atlanta Hawks last week and has led the Lakers to four successive wins.

In a recent interview with ESPN, James referenced how Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. pulled off feat in an MLB game as he reiterated his desire to play alongside Bronny. Griffey Sr. and Jr. also became the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a game when they represented the Seattle Mariners against the California Angels.

“I need to get on the court with my son, I want to be on the court with Bronny,” James declared. “Either with the same team or in a game against him.

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“I don't mean we'll do one on one in a game, but I'd love to do something Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. style. It would be awesome, no doubt.

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“I ask him what his aspirations are and he says he wants to play in the NBA so, if he wants to do that, he has to work for it. I'm already here, I'm just waiting for him.”

Back in 1990, Griffey Sr. teamed up with his 20-year-old son Griffey Jr. in a historic sporting moment. James has enjoyed many incredible moments across his career and appears set for another piece of history as he chases down Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record.

James is just 450 points shy of Abdul-Jabbar’s total of 38,397 points and is on track to surpass the NBA icon. The four-time NBA MVP made a point of referring to the legacy standing before Bronny, adding: “I’ve already told him he has a long way to go to catch me.”

The 18-21 Lakers have won four successive matches after they defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Friday behind James' 25 points. Los Angeles will look to continue their fine form when they travel to face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Andrew Gamble

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