LeBron James stops short of calling himself a self-made man, with plenty of credit offered along the way to his mother. But Wednesday, he offered a degree of appreciation to his absentee father in an Instagram post.
Alongside the photo, he posted, "Because of you Pops! Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself."
The Heat forward was raised by his mother, Gloria, who was 16 at the time she gave birth. His father, Anthony McClelland, was not a part of his life.
James recently shared thoughts with GQ about how he thinks about his father:
"Like, 'Wow, Dad, you know what, I don't know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today.' The fuel that I use -- you not being there -- it's part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It's part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors. And be able to put my guys that's with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in my business. Rich Paul, my agent. Randy Mims, my friend -- he’s my manager, you know. So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn't have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?"
James previously said in a Today interview:"People always say I am devoted to my mother. That’s true, but only because for every minute of my life, she has been devoted to me. My mother taught me what devotion truly means. I have tried to pass along her example by helping kids who are growing up in single-parent homes through the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America."