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lizchris
Oct 6th, 2004, 08:45 PM
19-year-old LeBron James becomes a dad

Tom Withers / Associated Press
Posted: 22 minutes ago

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/player/139949) had a good reason for missing practice Wednesday. He became a father.


The Cavaliers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/team/71079) star guard and his longtime girlfriend, a 19-year-old Akron woman, had a baby boy Wednesday. No other details were available.

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James left the team's training camp in Columbus to be with her and his new son. He was expected to rejoin the team Thursday as he prepares for his second NBA season.

During the team's media day Monday at Gund Arena, James wouldn't comment when asked if he were about to become a father. He has always been guarded about his private life.

Fatherhood should fit James well. The reigning rookie of the year, who turns 20 in December, is most relaxed when he is among children. This summer, he donated money to refurbish basketball courts and youth community centers in Akron. He has also donated supplies to the city's schools.

James was raised as an only child by his mother Gloria, who was estranged from James' father when he was a youngster

"That's my main goal, to try and be a better father than the one I had," James told the Akron Beacon Journal. "I didn't know him. I didn't know the situation he was in. But I'm going to do my job the best way I can."

The identity of James' father has always been mysterious. The paper reported he has died.

Another father figure in James' life, Eddie Jackson, is serving a three-year prison term for mortgage and mail fraud. On Monday, James said he matured as a result of having played a year in the pros and because of his experience of being on the U.S. Olympic team. He knows being a dad will make him grow up even more. "I'm excited about it," he said. "It's a wonderful opportunity in life."

Crazy Canuck
Oct 6th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Good for him. At least, unlike is often the case with very young parents, we don't need to worry that this child isn't going to be provided for ;)

brickhousesupporter
Oct 6th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Liz
Can you change the title at first glance, I saw your name and his age and thought he was dead at 19 not that he became a dad at 19

Crazy Canuck
Oct 6th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Liz
Can you change the title at first glance, I saw your name and his age and thought he was dead at 19 not that he became a dad at 19
I thought that was what it said at first too :o

GBFH
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:08 PM
I thought that was what it said at first too :o
me too!

then i wondered why there wasn't an immediate break in MLB playoff coverage to discuss this breaking development :lol:

Hulet
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:15 PM
He knows being a dad will make him grow up even more. "I'm excited about it," he said. "It's a wonderful opportunity in life."
Shouldn't it be the other way around, i.e., shouldn't he grow up first and then become a dad? Millionaire or no, it always irritate me when I see teenagers pushing strollers. I want to scream, "Why?!?"

lizchris
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:22 PM
me too!

then i wondered why there wasn't an immediate break in MLB playoff coverage to discuss this breaking development :lol:
Exactly!

Even though I didn't have to; I changed the title so people wouldn't get confused.

BTW, the only two famous people who died recetnly are Rodney Dangerfield and Joyc Jillison, who was an astrologer to the stars.

lizchris
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:23 PM
Shouldn't it be the other way around, i.e., shouldn't he grow up first and then become a dad? Millionaire or no, it always irritate me when I see teenagers pushing strollers. I want to scream, "Why?!?"

Actually, he should have gotten married first, THEN become a father. I have no problem with him being a dad at 19 becuase I know he can provide for the child.

Hulet
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:29 PM
Actually, he should have gotten married first, THEN become a father. I have no problem with him being a dad at 19 becuase I know he can provide for the child.
Yes, financially, he can. Also may be on the basketball court. But, what kind of life lessons (intellectual, emotional, ...) and experiences can a 19 year old provide?

SJW
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:33 PM
if he's true to his comments than he'll be a better dad than most guys out there, 19 or not :wavey:

congrats to Lebron :yeah: but you shoulda waited until i was single :rolleyes:

DunkMachine
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:45 PM
If/when I'm making "madd loot" like that I'd be breeding like a mafucker. Set up up my own basketball team WITH coaching staff.

DunkMachine
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:46 PM
If/when I'm making "madd loot" like that I'd be breeding like a mafucker. Set up up my own basketball team WITH coaching staff.
Scrap that... football team plus special teams

lizchris
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:49 PM
Yes, financially, he can. Also may be on the basketball court. But, what kind of life lessons (intellectual, emotional, ...) and experiences can a 19 year old provide?
He seems mature to me, even if he is only 19.

Cam'ron Giles
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:58 PM
That chick is on her grind...she locked that mother fucker down early...she will forever be in his pockets...:lol:

GBFH
Oct 6th, 2004, 10:08 PM
That chick is on her grind...she locked that mother fucker down early...she will forever be in his pockets...:lol:
exactly what i was thinking, lol!

but you hope that she will love the kid even though she's using it as a meal ticket.

DeDe4925
Oct 6th, 2004, 10:44 PM
I knew someone was going jump on that big hard thang I saw at the SI awards last year. :lol: