The NBA remains under quarantine at Walt Disney World, and it’s no question that players have started to miss aspects of the outside world. Like everyone else, NBA players were asked to stay under lockdown during the pandemic, too, changing their lives as well.
And forLeBron James, family is at the top of his list for what he misses most.
When asked what he missed most during quarantine, James said, “My mother. It’s the first time in my life that I went that long without seeing my mom.”
“The only thing that I missed during the COVID and quarantine period was my mother,” James said in a video conference call Monday. “It was the first time I went that long in my life without seeing my mom. I hadn’t seen my mom since All-Star weekend then I saw her two weeks, three weeks before we had to report to our respective cities. That was extreme for me.”
“Obviously, you guys know my story, being a single, coming from a single parent household, being an only child, my mother was 16 when she had me,” James said. “For me to be away from her that long, she was like, ‘I’m not leaving Akron. I’m not getting on the plane. I’m not.’”
LeBron James has often praised his mother as the two had a tough time during childhood, according to Sports Illustrated. They had to move 12 times from the time James was 5 years old to when he was 8.
James said his mother inspired him to start the I Promise School in Akron to help at-risk youth find proper education.