LeBron James is still a relatively young man, just 32 years old, but it's clear he spends quite a bit of time thinking about parenting these days.
Less than a week after firing back at a flippant LaVar Ball comment about his sons, the Cavaliers star embarked upon a Twitter monologue Sunday night, imploring coaches and mentors to push kids harder to help them succeed.
It began with a nod to the coaches who helped James get where he is today, then unfolded into a speech on the virtues of tough love.
"As a kid, they showed toughness and stayed on me every single day! Never sugar coded nothing, told me to real and lit me up when I wasn't applying. Reason I'm saying this is I believe this is a major part of the reason why kids don't succeed as much because the leaders, coaches, etc., won't get on them because their afraid of losing the kid, or losing the sponsorship that comes with the kids, or have their own agenda on how much they can benefit in the long run from the kid not realizing they're cheating the s— out of the kid.
"We as kids don't know. We need to be pushed, kicked, loved, then pushed and kicked again cause that's what brings and breads the hunger inside of us! Whoever u are out there please stop worrying about u and if u really care for the kid give them the guidance as my Coaches, mentors did for me!"
Can't stand for it anymore because of I ❤️ and will die right now for my Sport and for SPORTS in general. #JustMyOpinion— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 27, 2017