‘Tis the season, so feel free to burst into Fa’s and La’s. No, not Christmas; it’s the NBA finals. And what goes together better than non-stop basketball and dads?
What about basketball dads?
Newscom has reached into its vault and pulled up all these great pictures of NBA dads, clear from 1970s legend Bill Walton and son Luke Walton to present-day LeBron James and his little guy LeBron James Jr. I don’t care if you’re a Thunder fan or an I-Cheer-For-Anyone-Except-the-Heat fan, I dare you to look at these pictures and not go “Aww.”
So take a look at these seven father/son pairs, listed in no particular order, and return with us into a land of nostalgia.
First up, we have Doc Rivers, coach of the Boston Celtics. NBA lovers already know that recently the Celtics were narrowly defeated in the NBA Eastern Conference finals by Miami Heat. However, most sports fans would agree that Doc is someone respected throughout the league. His basketball son is Austin Rivers, who played extremely well for Duke University, but after his freshman season declared for the NBA draft and is projected as a Top 10 pick on June 28th.
Next comes a guy who was an explosive scorer in Europe and also played in the NBA for a period of time. Joe “Jellybean” Bryant now coaches the game for the Bangkok Cobras . His son? Ok, you saw it coming– none other than the L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant. With five NBA championships, Bryant and the Lakers were shut out of their chance at another championship by Oklahoma City in this year’s playoffs.
Perhaps slightly lesser known, Dell Curry played for the Charlotte/ New Orleans Bobcats where, as a sharpshooter, he’s one of the highest scorers in their history. His son, Stephen Curry, inherited the same sharpshooting skills and now plays for the Golden State Warriors.
Going a little old school, we’ll now bring out the legend from the 70’s, Bill Walton. MVP, two-time champion, Hall of Famer, listed as one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time, and the record for the most games missed due to injuries (that is a sad fact), Walton played for the Portland Trailblazers and the San Diego Clippers. His son is Luke Walton, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This duo became the first father/son to win multiple NBA championships. Bill’s were in ’77 and ’86, and Luke’s in ’09 and ’10.
Another Hall of Famer and also on the list of the 50 Greatest NBA players of all time would be Rick Barry. Known for his underhand free throw shooting and also his current skills as a sports broadcaster, Rick currently hosts a basketball related show on Sirius Satellite XM. Out of his four sons, three went on to play in the NBA for short lengths—Brent, Drew, and Jon, with Brent and Drew being the most successful.
We can’t forget #23. Michael Jordan has been declared the greatest player of all time, mostly due to his leaping abilities that named him Air Jordan. Five-time MVP, six-time Finals MVP, Hall of Famer, six championships, and second to Babe Ruth on the list of Athletes of the Century, Jordan spent most of his time with the Chicago Bulls. He currently owns the Charlotte Bobcats. His son Marcus plays college ball for the UCF Knights.
John Stockton’s son, David Stockton, plays for Gonzaga. It doesn’t look like David will go to the NBA, but he did practice with the Utah Jazz once. Karl Malone, another Jazz legend, also has an athletic son. But Malone Jr. likes more contact in his sport and will be playing football at LSU this upcoming season.
Last comes LeBron James. You may hate him or love him, but you can’t deny that his son is adorable. LeBron has two kids, LeBron James Jr. and Bryce Maximus, ages 8 and 5. Engaged to his high school sweetheart, LeBron and Savannah Brinson have raised the two happy boys together.
Find more pictures of these basketball dads at Newscom.com.
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