Billionaire LeBron James, Who Has 3 Children, Celebrates an Emotional Father’s Day With a Heartfelt Ode to His Father Figure

On the occasion of Father’s Day, most NBA fathers are embracing their families. However, for LeBron James, the day means a lot more. Back in 2016, the King was facing off against the record-breaking Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. After coming up short in the previous season, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were down 3-1.

But with their relentless attitude and belief, they pulled off one of the most impossible comebacks in sports history. Now six years later, LeBron sent out his appreciation for late iconic Cavs announcer Fred D. McLeod III and Austin Carr.


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While in the NBA, players take the spotlight, there are also people behind the cameras who put in their all for the love of the game. And one such man was Fred D. McLeod III. Growing up in Cleveland, Fred had sports coursing through his veins. He spent most of his life as an NBA announcer for the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Notably, he was also the voice in the closing second of the iconic 2016 NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers’ long-time announcer passed away in 2019, leaving a hole in many hearts. Even LeBron James was left deeply saddened as the announcer was set to start his 15th season with the Cavaliers.

Now, on the day of the iconic Game 7 between Cleveland and the Golden State Warriors, an emotional LeBron James remembered Fred and his announcing partner Austin Carr.

A special Father’s Day for LeBron James

In 2016, the lights were closing out on Cleveland sports once again. Another NBA title was vanishing right in front of their eyes as the Warriors were up 3-1. However, LeBron James was not ready to let this one go just yet.


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With a powerful message to the entire Cavaliers team, James rallied them back and tied the series three games a piece. And later, in Game 7 at the Oracle, LeBron made history and put Cleveland sports back on the top for the first time in nearly half a century.

Fred and Austin Carr, both huge fanatics of Cleveland, got to witness history right in front of their eyes. Moreover, not only them but the King’s two sons Bronny and Bryce also saw their father pull off a historic feat on Father’s Day. Years later, remembering the iconic day, James felt the absence of Fred. He wrote, I miss you Fred !!! Love you and AC [forever] and ever !! A Fathers Day to remember FOREVER !!! ”


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The championship meant a lot to the city as well as LeBron James. Apart from the drought in Cleveland sports, the Akron Hammer was there on a mission. After his first departure to win with the Miami Heat, James returned to fulfill his promise.

And despite there being little to no chance, LeBron’s hope was much larger. With the pressure being more intense than ever, LeBron James prevailed like arguably no other superstar in the NBA ever has.

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Beating a 73-9 team in the NBA Finals, while being on the cusp of elimination every step of the way, solidified the Legacy of the King. James became the hero for Cleveland once again as he hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy.

In addition, for Fred and Carr, James made the sports fans happy in them as the announcer duo saw their team lift up the trophy in an emphatic fashion. Do you think there will ever be an announcer more iconic than Fred in Cleveland? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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