Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.
Moms often do a lot of work without getting any of the credit. From dealing with tantrums to serving as the personal chauffeur to their children and their many extracurricular activities, it can be hard for moms to make time for themselves.
Sometimes, people don’t realize the work until becoming parents themselves.
LeBron James seems to have created a great family life while off the court. He has three children with his high school sweetheart, Savannah James. And there’s a good chance that that was all modeled after his mom. Gloria Marie James is currently 52 and has a strong bond with her son.
It could be due to the fact that she had him while she was very young. Gloria was only 16 when LeBron was born.
She had a hard time growing up, and she wasn’t able to finish high school. Unfortunately, she had to raise her son on her own — his father was never in the picture. At the age of 24, she made one of the ultimate sacrifices. She sent LeBron to live with another family while she tried to make ends meet.
However, that decision was really beneficial. LeBron stayed with his football coach, Frank Walker. Frank was the one who, eventually, would lead LeBron to love basketball.
LeBron FaceTimed his mom and thanked her for everything 🙏
Things changed for the two of them once LeBron got into the sport professionally. Suddenly, they were no longer striving to get by. Still, the bond between them that formed during those hard times remained as strong as ever. And it made LeBron realize how important family is, despite the level of fame achieved.
LeBron is also never ashamed to showcase his love for his mom. The two often share sweet words to each other, especially as LeBron’s career continues to grow. He just earned his fourth NBA championship, and one of the first people he talked to was his mom. According to reports, it was a heartwarming conversation for everyone around him.
“I had to leave the locker room; they’re going crazy in there right now,” he said, per USA Today. “I had to get away. I’m calling you, I love you. You are the reason why I’m able to even do this, Mom. You don’t understand. Sixteen years old you bring a little (expletive) boy into the world.”
Precious to acknowledge his mother like that my heart melts tears❤❤❤🥰🥰🥰
The scene, as this was happening, was also pretty monumental. LeBron was sprawled out on the floor calling his mom, while also smoking a cigar to celebrate the victory. Family means even more to LeBron, as he’s been in the NBA “bubble” to try to stay safe and healthy. So his routine has been off, and — like many of us — he hasn’t been able to see his loved ones quite as often.
One of the best moments of the call is that, despite winning, he still managed to make the conversation about his mother and the hardships she had to go through. “Come on, Mom,” he said. “Everything that you had been through, everything that I had seen, there’s nothing that can stop me. This (expletive) is nothing compared to (expletive) you had to go through.”
“God is good. God is great,” LeBron said at the end of his phone call. “I hope I continue to make you proud, Mom. I am nothing, I’m (expletive) without you. You’re special. I love you so much.” It was a reminder to all of us that, even if our relationship might be rocky, we wouldn’t be here without our mothers.
LeBron’s mom is also very close to her son’s three children — Bronny, Bryce, Zhuri. And she likely has a pretty good relationship with LeBron’s wife, Savannah — she’s been part of the family for a long time. They met — technically — through St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. At the time, LeBron was very active in both basketball and football.
According to Business Insider, Savannah was a cheerleader and softball player for a rival school. The two soon went out on their first date, to Outback Steakhouse. Supposedly, she forgot her leftovers, and LeBron made a point to go get them for her. At that point, he was smitten.
“I’d totally forgotten about them, and he brought them to me. I think he just wanted another excuse to come and see me,” she commented to Harper’s Bazaar, per Business Insider. In 2004, when LeBron was just a rookie, they celebrated the birth of their first child. That October, the couple gave birth to LeBron James Jr., whom they lovingly refer to as Bronny.
They also had son Bryce before officially getting engaged in 2011. In 2013, they got married — and actually had Beyoncé come to the star-studded reception to sing her hit “Crazy in Love.” Their third child and first girl, Zhuri Nova, was born in 2014. LeBron has credited his baby girl for making him a better person.
Thus, it seems as if LeBron has constantly surrounded himself by powerful, strong, loving women. And every year on holidays like Mother’s Day, the Los Angeles Lakers star makes a point to celebrate both Savannah and Gloria in a loving way. He’s even dubbed Mother’s Day as “By far my fav day of the year” on Instagram.
LeBron feels so confident in his relationship with Savannah that he has no problem dishing out marriage tips to others. To him, every relationship in his life — and every job he’s had — has come down to commitment. His famous quote on the topic has been inspirational to many.
“Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe,” he said. “How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?”
LeBron knows how to keep his relationships strong, and he is committed in doing such. It’s likely why his phone call to his mom was so natural — staying committed to family relationships is just something he does best. Congratulations to LeBron for his fourth title. Despite his long career, he’s still such an asset to the NBA.
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