LeBron James learned about teamwork early on.
On a recent podcast of Road Trippin’ with R.J & Channing, a podcast by James’ teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, James revealed his dark, deep secret.
Joining James included teammates Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith. They talked about their paths to where they are today. When it came to James’ turn, he brought up his problems getting passed in fourth grade. Keep in mind James said he missed 82 out of 181 school days. Not sure how that happens.
“Me and my mom went to school one day in the spring time, and my teacher was like, ‘Your son applies himself so much when he’s here, but he’s never here. And my mom said, ‘What can we do so my son doesn’t fail? I don’t want my son to feel like he’s a failure.’ My teacher at the time, and I’m sorry I don’t remember your name, she gave us a stack—and I wish the listeners could see the stack of papers—she said, ‘If your son can finish this stack of extra credit, we’ll pass him.”
So, like any good mother, LeBron’s mother split up the deck of extra credit papers and finished it, while LeBron finished the remaining papers.
For that reason, James said “that’s why my momma a G to this day.” It’s also the reason James isn’t the tallest fourth grader we’ve ever seen.