This year has been a bit of a rough one for… well, everyone. The news was terrible, the climate is a disaster and, honestly, that Pete and Ariana thing took a lot out of us. That’s why it’s nice to just see a positive story out there for once, like LeBron James cheering up his kid when he was feeling down during a basketball game.
Because all of us could use a little LeBron sound bite telling us that we did a good job.
James posted a video to his Instagram Wednesday where he talked up his son Bryce, telling him, “You get too down on yourself for no reason. You made three of the biggest plays of the game.”
He went on to inform Bryce of the ways he contributed to winning a game his team “had no business winning” — pretty cool coming from LeBron James. He capped off the speech with those words every kid wants to hear from their parents: “Good job. I’m proud of you.”
The heartwarming moment immediately resonated with the internet (which probably just needs a big LeBron hug right now, TBH).
Look how his face lit up as soon as he was affirmed by his father. I love this. 😍😍😍 https://t.co/xe590EKj3v
— lil uzi dessert (@ImaniOrWhatever) December 19, 2018
Dad Bron is my favorite Bron https://t.co/JZvufh1uEX
— Notorious DIRI 🇭🇹 (@Mahottie) December 19, 2018
This is a beautiful moment AND a teaching opportunity. The value of Positive reinforcement cannot be overstated. Having coached youth sports most of my adult life @KingJames makes me want to be a better coach and a better man. Thank you sir! LAKER fan since #44 “The Logo.”
— DDP (@377a4db193d3475) December 19, 2018
That’s what being a father and supportive parent is all about!! As long as it’s balanced both on & off the court, young man will grow up knowing his worth regardless of what he pursues!! #Salute to good parenting!!
— Ricardo “Rico” Wright Sr. (@PoppiSuave) December 19, 2018
Lebron teaches all of us values over highlights. 1: Instilling confidence in kids (self esteem) 2 recall moments for kids where they impact the game for their teammates (confidence) 3: It’s not about your shots it’s about your influence on others within the game (leadership)
— Mike Pryor (@coachmikepryr) December 20, 2018
Every Dad needs to have this conversation after each game! Unbelievable and very inspirational fatherhood story. Hats off to you sir @KingJames
— Daniel Dayton (@DAllAmerican) December 19, 2018
I need LeBron James to drive home from work with me every day. https://t.co/IvxMWHW6FU
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) December 19, 2018
At this point, I don’t even know how there are any Lebron haters left. https://t.co/oyj6SJAEjY
— Andy Oliver (@AndyOliverWpg) December 19, 2018
man I wish LeBron was my dad
— Darryl Lindo (@DLindo11) December 19, 2018
Other Twitter users were a little more cynical about the event. Why was he mic’d up at his kid’s youth basketball game? Who was filming the whole thing from across the court? Isn’t this just a big LeBron self-promotion?
Why was he mic’d up for this? lol
— Gabriel De León (@gabe_deleon) December 19, 2018
He was mic’ed John lol… this was posted on his own Instagram account.
— Frank Shirley (@MrFrankShirley) December 20, 2018
Was just conveniently mic’d up
— Casey wall (@CaseyisaWall) December 19, 2018
Yes, this is productive self-promotion. And yes, it’s weird that LeBron was mic’d up for such an intimate conversation. But that doesn’t eliminate the fact that he told his son what he needed to hear to make him feel better after a hard-won game. We love Dad LeBron.