This year’s ESPY Awards (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) presented several noteworthy moments during the evening. One that stood out featured the family of LeBron James that brought laughs from the audience.
A video clip of the moment has been circulating around the internet and shows the family of James gathered on stage. As his wife, Savannah James, was standing alongside their children, Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri, Savannah is at the mic acknowledging the greatness of her husband. The family was presenting “King James” the ESPY Award for Best Record-Breaking Performance for overtaking fellow Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer this past season. As Savannah was introducing LeBron, by the end of her sentence, she says, “I think LeBron James is the baddest mother….” and before she completes that statement, her youngest child, Zhuri, taps her and says, “Mom!” The crowd erupts in laughter.
Zhuri had to keep Savannah James in check 😅 pic.twitter.com/RZPGl9UAtm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2023
Yet, another moment was revealed when LeBron did take the stage. With speculation after being swept by the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs of LeBron retiring, he took the time to let the sports world know that he will return for another season, ESPN reported.
As he took the mic, he acknowledged that he is not done with his playing career.
“I don’t care how many more points I score or what I can or cannot do on the floor. The real question for me is: Can I play without cheating this game? The day I can’t give everything on the floor is the day I’ll be done. Lucky for you guys, that day is not today.”
During the acceptance speech, he told the audience that although he did so publicly about whether he’ll play another year, he admitted that privately, he questioned himself after the end of the last several seasons.
“When the season ended, I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep playing. And I know a lot of experts told you guys what I said, but I’m here now speaking for myself. In that moment, I’m asking myself if I can still play without cheating the game — can I give everything to the game still? The truth is, I’ve been asking myself this question at the end of the season for a couple years now. I just never openly talked about it.”
We look forward to seeing him continue his Hall of Fame career when he throws on his basketball uniform later this year.