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LeBron James is on a mission. He just won his second NBA title, and he is determined to do it again. James, who went from being the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first overall pick in the 2004 draft to one of the best players in the league, is looking for another championship ring. (And yes, “Chosen One” is a reference to his first championship with the Miami Heat in 2012.)
It wasn’t that long ago that Sports Illustrated put high school basketball player LeBron James on the cover with the words Chosen. It’s been almost two decades since that song came out, but since then the four-time NBA MVP has become one of the greatest players of all time. However, James’ long basketball career has also led him to an interesting club. In fact, this is one of those cases that NFL headliner Tom Brady is familiar with.
Tom Brady played without a father or son in NFL
The Bucks select Antoine Winfield Jr. whose father Antoine Winfield Sr. intercepted the ball for new Bucks QB Tom Brady in 2001, Brady’s first season as starting QB. – Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020 Brady has spent more than two decades in the NFL. His professional career is even old enough to buy beer (if you look at when the New England Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft). However, his long career has resulted in Brady playing without a father or son. According to ESPN, Brady, who turns 44 in August, played against Devin Bush Sr. in a game against the Patriots in 2001, when Bush was the Cleveland Browns’ starting point guard. Since then, he has played against Bush’s son and Pittsburgh Steelers’ middle linebacker Devin Bush Jr. In 2020, Brady played with Antoine Winfield Jr. for the Buccaneers, but in 2001, Winfield’s father, Antoine Winfield Sr., actually intercepted Brady in an NFL game. Brady also played against Green Bay Packers offensive lineman John Runyan in 2020 after playing with Runyan’s father, John Runyan Sr, at the University of Michigan. Seeing Brady play against fathers and sons is a testament to his greatness and longevity. James is in the same category as Brady.
LeBron James has also played against fathers and sons in the NBA
. In a video James’ media brand Uninterrupted recently released, the 17-time NBA All-Star talked about how long he’s been dominating the league. You know you’re getting old when you play the father and the son, James said, according to a tweet from Uninterrupted on The Shop. I am at the stage of my career where I have played juniors and seniors. The father-son duos James has played against are Gary Trent Sr. and Gary Trent Jr. and Kenyon Martin Sr. and Kenyon Martin Jr. James, who turns 37 in December, then joked: When I get to the third, I swear to God. Right now, I have a soft spot for Tom Brady. These examples certainly show how long James has been the best player in the NBA and how old he is, but like Brady, they are also a testament to the greatness of the King.
Tom Brady and LeBron James, the all-time greats
(L-R) LeBron James and Tom Brady. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Brady and James are still playing in their leagues because they are both capable of continuing to play at the top level. Brady is the NFL record holder for passing touchdowns (581) and will likely break the record for passing yards in 2021. He also played in 10 Super Bowls, and Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title in the 2020 season at age 43. James, meanwhile, is third all-time in scoring (35,367) and eighth in assists (9,696). He also reached the NBA Finals in 2020, at the age of 35, for the ninth time in 10 seasons and the 10th time overall, eventually winning his fourth NBA championship. Brady and James not only had great careers, but were great players at their peak, something few athletes have accomplished in their respective sports. Let’s hope the two legends continue to dominate for years to come. COMPARED TO: LeBron James earned $343 million in the NBA, but his former teammate says he was picked in a very different game