Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lebron's mom, the natural juice

When Lebron first came into the league a few years ago, I was shocked at how BIG he was for an 18 year old. I have to admit, the first thing that came to my mind is that this kid must be juicing. But over the years, I've come to realize that King James doesn't need performance-enhancing drugs. He was born with a far more formidable competitive advantage: his mother Gloria.

Gloria is fearless, and Lebron's biggest fan. Last year in the playoffs, she almost decked Paul Pierce after he flagrantly fouled her son to stop an easy basket (luckily, Kevin Garnett was there to calm her down):

Lebron's response: Momma, sit down!

Now, she may not look like much standing next to these NBA all-stars, but Gloria's tall, buff, and aggressive - traits Lebron seems to have inherited. Looking at the kid, I suspect she fed him some pretty big breakfasts, too. It wasn't easy for Gloria to raise Lebron - his dad was a deadbeat, and at times she had to send her son to live with another family. But despite all the instability, Lebron always knew there was one person out there who always had his back. With a mother like that, who needs steroids?

Here are some of King James' most amazing plays this year - he was named league MVP a few days ago. Happy Mothers Day!


Sim said...

wait---you follow basketball?

Samurai Scientist said...

Well, let's just say we don't always talk science in the lab...