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LeBron James on not bringing kids to bubble: ‘This is not a kid-friendly place’

LeBron James with kids Zhuri James, Bronny James and Bryce Maximus James

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 26: (L-R) LeBron James Jr., Zhuri James, LeBron James Sr. and Bryce Maximus James watch Zaire Wade’s AAU game court side at the Fab 48 tournament at Bishop Gorman High School on July 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)

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LeBron James said he considered leaving the bubble numerous times, because, well, everyone there has.

NBA players got mental boosts with their families joining them at Disney World. LeBron’s wife, Savannah James, came to Orlando.

But their kids – Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri – stayed in Los Angeles.

Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group:


There’s nothing for them to do. I mean, I’ve got a 16-year-old. I mean, he’s going to sit in the bubble and do what? I’ve got a 13-year-old. He’s going to do what? Five-year-old girl, there’s nothing for her to do. The park isn’t open. I mean, there’s only so many times she can go to the pool. My kids are too adventurous, and they love to do so much stuff. It makes no sense for them to be here. There’s nothing for them to do here. Go outside. Come back in. Go outside. Come back in. They can stay in L.A., and they’re great. There’s literally nothing for them to do here. This is not a kid-friendly place. Let’s be honest.

That’s an aspect of bubble life that has been underdiscussed. NBA players are focused on playing in the playoffs. Games and preparation take up a significant portion of time. For family members, that’s a lot of downtime – especially for children.

So, while it’s certainly difficult for LeBron and Savannah to be away from their kids, there’s certainly logic and care behind their choice.

However, I’d prefer to believe LeBron didn’t invite his kids only because he was bitter about Bryce’s spot-on impersonation of the Lakers star: