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BelieveInMAGIC
10-06-2004, 04:04 PM
(( I assume she wasn't around him every moment last January! http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons4u/evil/204.gif ))

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

NBA star excited about fatherhood


Associated Press
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James had a good reason for missing practice Wednesday. He became a father.


The Cleveland Cavaliers star guard and his longtime girlfriend, a 19-year-old Akron woman, had a baby boy Wednesday. No other details were available.


James left the team's training camp in Columbus to be with her and his new son. He was expected to rejoin the team Thursday as he prepares for his second NBA season.


During the team's media day Monday at Gund Arena, James wouldn't comment when asked if he were about to become a father. He has always been guarded about his private life.


Fatherhood should fit James well. The reigning rookie of the year, who turns 20 in December, is most relaxed when he is among children. This summer, he donated money to refurbish basketball courts and youth community centers in Akron. He has also donated supplies to the city's schools.


James was raised as an only child by his mother Gloria, who was estranged from James' father when he was a youngster


"That's my main goal, to try and be a better father than the one I had," James told the Akron Beacon Journal. "I didn't know him. I didn't know the situation he was in. But I'm going to do my job the best way I can."


The identity of James' father has always been mysterious. The paper reported he has died.


Another father figure in James' life, Eddie Jackson, is serving a three-year prison term for mortgage and mail fraud.


On Monday, James said he matured as a result of having played a year in the pros and because of his experience of being on the U.S. Olympic team. He knows being a dad will make him grow up even more.


"I'm excited about it," he said. "It's a wonderful opportunity in life."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1896256

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GlobalCat
10-06-2004, 07:51 PM
I hope he's not planning on meeting or matching the tally of another straight from HS to Pro's baby-making skills in Shawn Kemp. Didn't he have like 9 kids with 7 women? Or even worse, match Calvin Murphy's tally of 14 children by 9 women.

Now I am not saying that LeBron will head in this path, just that he's taken that first step at a pretty young age.