What do Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and LeBron James have in common besides all being sports icons?
The answer is all of these dads were considered the best in their era and they also have sons who had the displeasure of being watched closely at a very young age. Brett Hull eventually outscored his father and Brett Hull and Mark Howe joined their iconic fathers in the Hockey Hall of Fame. LeBron James, Jr. is only ten years old and now it is his turn to be looked at under a microscope for possibly the next eight years.
Highlights of 10-year-old LeBron James Jr. playing for his fourth-grade squad at a tournament in Houston last year went virile.
Incredibly Junior is already receiving scholarship offers from college programs.
His father said “He’ll be alright,” James said. “He’s got a chance if he loves the game and he works at it, he has a chance to be good. But he’s still young. Just play for the love of the game. Don’t worry about nothing else.”
LeBron James was a high school basketball sensation at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary in Akron, Ohio. By his junior year James and his team regularly played games on ESPN. His legend grew as did the dissection of his basketball skills, heart and intellect. James, Sr. was up to the task and proved he had mental toughness to go along with his exceptional athletic ability.
Gordie Howe’s son Mark grew up in Detroit and skated at the old Olympia Stadium with his dad and the Detroit Redwings. He did not have his father’s size or mean streak, but he did have his skills and maybe more versatility. He turned pro in the WHA with Houston at 18 and won the leagues rookie of the year award.Brett Hull’s name got him instant notoriety as a youth player and initially he rebelled against the comparisons that he witnessed negatively affect his brother Bobby Hull, Jr. but his hockey sense and skills took him to the NHL despite himself. The elder James is not too keen on the idea of his son trying to absorb all of the hype and notoriety at such a young age. “Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges, it’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation; you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids he said.”
LeBron, Sr. doesn’t want his son to receive all that attention, specifically being recruited by colleges, at just 10-years of age. he is now eleven and when you take a look at all of the father and son superstars in each sport you will find that the number is infinitesimal.The 11-year-old James appears to be a basketball prodigy in much the same way that his father was growing up through high school in Akron. Keep in mind that Earvin Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jim Brown, John Elway, Bobby Orr, and a hundreds of other superstar athletes never had an off spring reach their level of performance.
The 11-year-old appears to be a basketball prodigy in much the same way that his father was growing up through high school in Akron, but it is a long way to the finish line.