Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James knows the importance of October 6. The three-time NBA champion has come forward to acknowledge his son Bronny James‘ 16th birthday with a heartfelt message.

LeBron James Salutes Bronny’s Birthday

King James went to his Instagram page with some must-see flashback pics to Bronny’s birth and childhood. LeBron also penned deep, heartfelt words about how he feels about his oldest child.

“Happy 16 kid!!!!! 1 of a kind and I’ve loved every second of your existence so far in your young promising life! You’re SPECIAL kid(always know that)! Continue to grow and continue to lead your generation to heights maybe you didn’t even think was possible because you guys are simply that SPECIAL!! Thank you for allowing me to be your inspiration, leader, listener, mediator, as well as many more things but most importantly simply being YOUR DAD! Love you kid until the wheels fall off and when they do we push the car to our destination side by side! Enjoy your day, your existence, your LIFE!! Live.Laugh.Learn.Love! 🙏🏾❤️🤴🏾👑 bronny #YoungSimba🦁” -LeBron James’ Instagram

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Happy 16 kid!!!!! 1 of a kind and I’ve loved every second of your existence so far in your young promising life! You’re SPECIAL kid(always know that)! Continue to grow and continue to lead your generation to heights maybe you didn’t even think was possible because you guys are simply that SPECIAL!! Thank you for allowing me to be your inspiration, leader, listener, mediator, as well as many more things but most importantly simply being YOUR DAD! Love you kid until the wheels fall off and when they do we push the car to our destination side by side! Enjoy your day, your existence, your LIFE!! Live.Laugh.Learn.Love! 🙏🏾❤️🤴🏾👑 bronny #YoungSimba🦁

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LeBron James salutes Bronny’s birthday.

LeBron James’ Son Bronny Roasted

Recently, people lit up Twitter with hard-hitting jokes aimed at Bronny. Social media imagined how King James likely reacted to seeing viral footage of his mini-me appearing to smoke cannabis on-camera.

LeBron James’ son Bronny roasted by social media.

Bronny Support

Despite some people having an issue with Bronny, media outlets came to his support. Sports writers defended the then-15-year-old for joining in on a non-violent recreational activity continuing to become legalized across the nation.

These days, recreational smoking is not much of a big deal as it was back in the day, especially with the legalization in numerous states. Teenagers smoking some weed doesn’t usually elicit headlines. But given Bronny’s stature as the son of NBA royalty LeBron James, everything he does will always be observed under the microscope from the public eye. We must also remind ourselves that Bronny is just a teenager living his life. Come on, who doesn’t get a little bit adventurous at 15? Bronny James has had the spotlight on him since the moment he was born. Especially now that he is coming of age, we should ease up a bit and let the kid enjoy his life. (Clutch Points)

King James and His Prince

Bronny is expected to take his love for basketball to college and eventually to the league. In the past, LeBron has revealed his hope to possibly play in the NBA at the same time as his mini-me.

The younger James just finished his freshman year at Sierra Canyon School, a private school in Chatsworth, Calif.  Lebron has previously stated that he hopes to play in the NBA long enough to be in the league at the same time as his son. (Page Six)

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