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    I am honored to participate in a project that is trying to help single mothers who are struggling to make a living and raise their kids, because that perfectly describes my mother when I was growing up. You think LeBron James is a champion? Gloria James is a champion too. She’s my champion.

    My mother really struggled. She had me, her only child, when she was just 16 years old. She was on her own, so we lived in her mom’s great big house in Akron, Ohio. But on Christmas Day when I was 3 years old, my grandmother suddenly died of a heart attack, and everything changed. With my mom being so young and lacking any support and the skills and education necessary to get ahead, it was really hard for us.

    We lost the house. We moved around from place to place—a dozen times in three years. It was scary. It was catch as catch can, scraping to get by. My mom worked anywhere and everywhere, trying to make ends meet. But through all of that, I knew one thing for sure: I had my mother to blanket me and to give me security. She was my mother, my father, my everything. She put me first. I knew that no matter what happened, nothing and nobody was more important to her than I was. I went without a lot of things, but never for one second did I feel unimportant or unloved.

    Finally, when I was 9 years old, my mother made a supreme sacrifice. She decided that while she was figuring out how to get on her feet, I needed some stability in my life. I needed to stay in one place and experience the support and security that she had felt growing up in a big family. So she sent me to live with my pee-wee football team coach, “Big Frankie” Walker, and his family. She later said to me, “It was hard, but I knew it was not about me. It was about you. I had to put you first.”

    I stayed with the Walkers for a year, and what a gift that was! I was in the same school all year, slept in the same bed all year, played on the same football team all year, and Big Frankie put me on my first basketball team. I saw my mom every weekend.

    When my mother was able to rent a two-bedroom apartment with the help of a government-assistance program, I moved back in with her. We stayed together until I finished high school. The rest is history.

    People always say I am devoted to my mother. That’s true, but only because for every minute of my life, she has been devoted to me. My mother taught me what devotion truly means. I have tried to pass along her example by helping kids who are growing up in single-parent homes through the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

    After the Heat won the 2012 NBA Championship, the team was invited to the White House. Speaking about me, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, President Barack Obama said, “For all the young men out there who are looking up to them all the time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them day in and day out, that’s a good message to send. It’s a positive message to send, and we’re very proud of them for that.”

    The truth is that everything I’ve learned about being a parent to my boys—9-year-old LeBron Jr. and 6-year-old Bryce—I learned from my mother. Everything I know about being loving and caring, and sacrificing and showing up and being present in my children’s lives—I learned all of that from her example.

    Gloria James was a working single mother who struggled and got the job done.

    And for that, I say, “I love you, Mom. Thank you.”

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    Nice. I can relate. My mom had me when she was about that age. We moved around a lot too. That's pretty great that he was able to stay with that family.

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    Foreword by: Delonte West

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    Foreword by: Delonte West
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    Not funny at all.
    Eh, I thought it was a decent enough half-assed one liner. To each his own though.

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    Not funny at all.

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    Not funny at all.
    You kiddin' me?

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    Default Re: LeBron James writes tribute honoring his mother Gloria

    This is just a tribute, YOU GOTTA BELIEVE ME, JUST A MATTER OF OPINION, OH, I WISH YOU WERE THERE

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    If I may be serious for a second, Lebron says his mother lacked the skills necessary to get ahead. I have to disagree with him sounds like she did pretty much whatever she could to try and provide for him.
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    Not funny at all.
    that buzz kill.

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    Just when you think you hate the man he goes and does this. Damn him and his tear jerker humbled beginnings!

    My mom was a single mother for many years after my parents divorced and my father wasn't much involved in supporting me with her. I remember she took jobs as security / usher at Pacers and Ice games. I remember atleast once a week going to a Pacers or ICE game because I wasn't yet old enough to stay home alone and it cost to much money to hire a baby sitter for a few hours vs what she got paid to work the games. She would sneak me in the side doors of MSA or the and Colosseum, and she would sit me in her section. Her bosses must not have minded because I probably was not the most well behaved kid there, and nobody really came to see the ICE games anyway.

    My mom worked her *** off when I was a teenager too, she went to knight school and got her Associates degree before i graduated H.S. and she got her Bachelors the same way before I was done with college.
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    Just when you think you hate the man he goes and does this. Damn him and his tear jerker humbled beginnings!

    My mom was a single mother for many years after my parents divorced and my father wasn't much involved in supporting me with her. I remember she took jobs as security / usher at Pacers and Ice games. I remember atleast once a week going to a Pacers or ICE game because I wasn't yet old enough to stay home alone and it cost to much money to hire a baby sitter for a few hours vs what she got paid to work the games. She would sneak me in the side doors of MSA or the and Colosseum, and she would sit me in her section. Her bosses must not have minded because I probably was not the most well behaved kid there, and nobody really came to see the ICE games anyway.

    My mom worked her *** off when I was a teenager too, she went to knight school and got her Associates degree before i graduated H.S. and she got her Bachelors the same way before I was done with college.
    I have always liked LeBron as a person, I just don't like how he plays ball.

    He is a great guy, gives back to WHERE HE CAME FROM and where he is now too. He can be funny as hell too. He isn't a huge dick to fans like some pro athletes can. But for some reason, as soon as one of his feet touches a basketball court his whole demeanor changes into this entitled guy who flops like a fish out of water and complains about everything. I guess he was kinda set up for this when he got nicknamed "The King" at such a young age.
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    Eh, I thought it was a decent enough half-assed one liner. To each his own though.
    In a different thread about a different topic, yeah. But it seemed very out of place, given the topic of the OP.

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    Not trying to take away from the piece but I feel society praises single mothers when their son becomes Lebron James then say nothing when their son grows up to become the local neighborhood gangster.

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    Not trying to take away from the piece but I feel society praises single mothers when their son becomes Lebron James then say nothing when their son grows up to become the local neighborhood gangster.
    Not to derail the topic, but just to reply to your opinion, it's impossible not to praise a single parent who has raised his/her child or children well. Being a single parent means doing much more than your role as a regular parent, like working to get paid and at the same time having time to take care of your kids and do other stuff to keep the family together.

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    Not to derail the topic, but just to reply to your opinion, it's impossible not to praise a single parent who has raised his/her child or children well. Being a single parent means doing much more than your role as a regular parent, like working to get paid and at the same time having time to take care of your kids and do other stuff to keep the family together.
    I get that but the one parent who did it has basically set the standard that it can be done therefore we can look at other single parents and say there is no excuse for your child turning out the way they did.

    It's similar to the saying behind every great man there is a great woman, but when there is a bad man no one (mother or wife) is ready to jump in and take credit for that.

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    Say what you will about Lebron James, but he's a damn good role model for kids in Sports, especially compared to other generational talents like MJ or Kobe.
    On the Lance bandwagon

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    Eh, I thought it was a decent enough half-assed one liner. To each his own though.
    I'm not a comedian or anything, but I have to agree that it's not funny. Not because it's offensive but because a funny joke should play on a reversal of the audience's expectations. As soon as I saw this story I thought "here comes a Delonte West joke" which means your joke just fulfilled my expectation, so it's kind of an anti joke.

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    Not trying to take away from the piece but I feel society praises single mothers when their son becomes Lebron James then say nothing when their son grows up to become the local neighborhood gangster.
    Because those are the only two options for children of single parents.

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