James regrets naming oldest son after him

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For a man who appears to have everything, LeBron James also has something in common with the rest of us.


The former Cleveland Cavalier and Miami Heat and current Los Angeles Laker said on a promo for his HBO show, "The Shop," he regrets naming his oldest son after him.

“I still regret giving my 14-year-old (LeBron James Jr. turns 14 later this year) my name because of that,” James said after being asked by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart about his son having to live up to his name. “When I was younger, I didn’t have a dad, so my whole thing was when I have a kid, not only is he gonna be a junior, I’m gonna do everything that this man didn’t do. They’re gonna experience things that I didn’t experience. The only thing I can do is give them the blueprint, and it’s up to them to take their own course whenever that time comes.”

HBO announced on Thursday that they would be picking up Uninterupted’s "The Shop," a show which is set in a barbershop, with sports and entertainment personalities having the freedom to “be themselves.”

Later in the same clip, James references a feeling his mentioned before about his two sons, Bronny and Bryce Maximus, for helping re-ignite his passion for the game.

James also shared a funny story about him transitioning from casual observer to becoming involved in a heated argument with an AAU basketball mom, someone who reminded him of someone in his own life.

“First of all, I didn’t get into an argument with an AAU dad, I got into an argument with an AAU mom — with a mother!," he said. "And you wanna know the first person I apologized to? Was my mom sitting right here, and the reason that I apologized to my mom, because I used to get on my mom so much when I was a kid and she used to go crazy at my AAU game. I used to be like, ‘Mom, chill out, mom. I don’t want this.’ And I went crazy about my kids. I was like, ‘Mom, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’”

The Shop on Tuesday, Aug. 28 on HBO.

“'The Shop' is exactly why we created Uninterupted,” James is quoted as saying in a press release for the show. “Anyone who has been in a real barbershop, like the ones where I grew up, knows why this show can be so incredible.

"I’m really excited HBO believed in our idea and is helping us create something special.”