LeBron James shared a personal message to his father - who he's never seen or met - on Instagram this week, and it's not what you would expect. At all.
In discussing his life with GQ, James opened up about how the specific circumstances of his single-parent upbringing helped make him the man he is.
The Huffington Post repackaged James' quote as a photo, which the NBA star liked so much, he put it up on Instagram and shared it with fans. The quote:
"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 to be able to put my guys that's with me now in position. Like Maverick Carter, my right-hand guy in 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?"
"Because of you Pops! Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself," James wrote in his Instagram caption.