When LeBron’s daughter needed a treat mid-game, he was on it
When you see a mega-rich and famous NBA star, you sort of assume their whole lives are perfect and exactly the way they want it. For many players, that’s probably the case — unless they live with a toddler.
NBA superstar LeBron James and his wife, high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson, have three kids. LeBron Jr. is 13, Bryce is 10, and little Zhuri, the only girl, turned three this fall.
And it looks like sweet Zhuri rules the roost — or her dad, at least. A video of James going out of his way to make her happy when she asks for candy in the middle of playing a game has gone viral — because it’s both hilarious and totally adorable.
LeBron's daughter wanted some candy mid-game.
Man on a mission. 🍭🍬🍫 pic.twitter.com/ymkWySC00Y
— ESPN (@espn) December 22, 2017
Full disclosure, I have a massive crush on this guy and seeing him all melty for his three-old-old daughter has made me a tad swoon-y. Now that I’ve recovered, let’s analyze this 19-second clip in all its amazingness.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star forward had his hands full with a game against the Chicago Bulls, which he and the Cavs eventually won, but not without a quick break mid-game to give his daughter what she asked for. At the start of the clip, you hear James happily shout “Hey mama!” with a broad smile on his face. He’s spotted Zhuri in the crowd with a woman who’s likely her mom. She’s watching Daddy play and apparently, jonesing for something sweet.
And Daddy is on it.
A mic’d up James can be heard semi-frantically asking various associates sitting with the team if they have candy. The man is not messing around. Whether he’s motivated by pure, fatherly love or knows Zhuri is about to take a one-way trip on the Toddler Shitshow Train in the middle of a crowded stadium unless she’s given a yummy distraction, the dude is on a mission — and won’t stop until he finds what his girl needs.
Finally, he locates candy from what looks like a security guard and makes sure his kiddo gets it. “You got candy on you?” he says. “Give that to my daughter.”
I’m not the only one getting the vapors from James’ adorable daddy gesture. Twitter was feeling his fatherly devotion.
Man will do anything for his daughter. 100%.
“Game time? Nah, my lil girl need candy. Hold up.” https://t.co/YyuA7FhyDA
— Ethan (@EdensGG) December 22, 2017
Oh you can’t tell me Zhuri doesn’t run that house lol this man is in the middle of a game, getting candy for his baby 😂 https://t.co/NzqO7XsUIo
— missandei’s sister wife. (@amoreSTEPH) December 22, 2017
Though some people felt for the guy who lost his candy to LeBron’s very lucky daughter.
IMAGINE GETTING PUNKED FOR YOUR CANDY BY LEBRON DAUGHTER. https://t.co/GilrpnnPEp
— thatboygood (@derrrooldd) December 22, 2017
Lmfaoooo imagine being down to ya last snickers and lebron come and ask u for candy https://t.co/7LisSFDh64
— Jealous Ones Envy Love (@NarcoReus) December 22, 2017
“that your candy? not anymore. give that to my daughter”
“yes sir” https://t.co/Z76AOF3wtT
— w (@surferemoji) December 22, 2017
You’re telling me LeBron’s daughter can’t walk up to any concession stand and get whatever she wants for free at Quicken Loans arena? Poor security man had to give up his snack https://t.co/T2riHFJHYs
— Rob Rozek (@robrozek) December 22, 2017
But mostly, they’re just recognizing that a dad’s gotta do what a dad’s gotta do.
Dads know, this is no joke... get that candy quick!!— Matt Loveless (@MattLoveless) December 22, 2017
He absolutely went into Dad mode 😭— Christy McWhite-Woman (@JustMiaOnYaMind) December 22, 2017
LaBron gonna buy her a Candy Store tomorrow— Eddie Davis (@blkhero) December 22, 2017
Kudos to James for juggling both the demands of a toddler and the Chicago Bulls when most of us would be frazzled by just the one.
And I’m not talking about the Bulls.