LeBron James snubs Michael Jordan, names MLB legend as his favorite player growing up

LeBron James snubbed Michael Jordan in a quick Q&A video on LA Lakers media day. James named MLB legend Ken Griffey Jr. as his favorite player growing up.

In the video, NBA TV called the segment LeQ&A. “The King” answered questions about his favorite things like food, sneakers, albums, movies, tattoos and NBA memories. He was also asked who his favorite player was, which looked like a basketball question.

James surprisingly named Griffey, who was one of the best baseball players of the 1990s. Jordan would have been the easy answer since he was his basketball idol. Jordan was the reason James wore the No. 23 for most of his NBA career.

The video of the Q&A session looks like this:

It may have come as a surprising answer to many, but it wasn’t the first time James had shown his admiration for Griffey.

Nike released the LeBron 15 “Griffey” PE sneakers in 2018 as a tribute to the MLB legend, according to Sneaker News. The shoe is inspired by Griffey’s Nike Air Griffey Max 1 with a Seattle Mariners colorway.

James also named Griffey one of his favorite people in the world earlier this year. He appreciated Griffey’s plans to bring his father to see how LeBron and Bronny might make history in the years to come.

“I’m going to take my dad to the game,” Griffey said. “We will actually go to the game. LeBron is a Nike guy, I’m a Nike guy. I’ll make sure I’m in this game. And I think it’s important that we’re all there to celebrate each other’s success.”

He continued:

“When you’re in sports, you don’t celebrate yourself. you celebrate other people And that’s the beauty of sport. And we’ll hopefully celebrate in a few years when LeBron and Bronny play together.”

One of my favorite people in the world!! I love you child! Thank you for the love and support from the first day I stepped onto the stage. twitter.com/sportingnews/s…


Could Bronny and LeBron James make history like the Griffeys?

Bronny (left) and LeBron James
Bronny (left) and LeBron James

LeBron James has never been shy about his dream of playing in the NBA with his son Bronny. If they pull off the feat in the 2024-25 season, LeBron and Bronny will make history as the league’s first father-son duo.

They will join Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. in MLB and Gordie Howe and his sons Mark and Marty in hockey as the only such precedents in American sports history. The Griffeys teamed with the Seattle Mariners for two seasons, 1990-1991. The Howes played with the Houston Eros of the World Hockey Association for four seasons from 1973 to 1977.

Bronny is expected to be part of the 2024 NBA draft class. LeBron James signed a two-year extension with the LA Lakers this summer. The new contract includes a player option for the 2024/25 season. That ensures he’s available for any team that drafts his son.

“The King” is entering his 20th NBA season, but remains in top form and is one of the best players in the league. In an interview with Sports Illustrated last month, LeBron James spoke about the possibility of playing with his second son Bryce, who is eligible for the 2026 NBA draft.



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