LeBron James Lauds Former Coach’s Son for Division 1 Regional Champions

Published 03/15/2021, 12:16 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is no stranger to high school basketball. Given that he is one of the select few basketball superstars who directly came to the draft from high school, LBJ certainly appreciates his coaches and compatriots from the St. Vincent St. Mary High School.

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One of the most influential figures for Bron in his high school career was Dru Joyce II. Joyce coached LBJ alongside his son Dru Joyce III through multiple ranks in school.

Coach Dru’s sons have followed their father’s path and have opted to enter the foray of coaching. One of James’ best friends, Dru Joyce III, after a 12 year stint in Europe, entered coaching in 2019-20, and is currently an assistant coach for the Cleveland State Vikings.

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Meanwhile, his brother Cameron Joyce took over the Saint Ignatius Wildcats in 2019 as the head coach. Two years later, the 30-year-old has led his team to a district championship as the Wildcats beat the Lorian Titans 56-52.

 

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Needless to say, Lakers’ superstar LeBron James is very attached to his hometown and his close friends. The 36-year-old was impressed with his friend’s achievement and posted an Instagram story to congratulate Joyce.

Can LeBron James win his second successive NBA title this season?

After leading the Lakers to their 17th NBA championship last season, LeBron James is locked in for his 18th season in the NBA and is trying to win his fifth ring in the process.

Alongside some world-class veterans and a superstar forward in Anthony Davis, the Lakers had a comfortable run in last year’s playoffs and lost only five games in the post-season.

But this season, that might not be the case. Teams like Utah Jazz and  LA Clippers have strengthened significantly and currently have a better record than the Lakers.

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Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) takes the ball down court in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Newer teams like Phoenix Suns have also emerged as a Western Conference juggernaut this season. But the biggest threat of them all is the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have one of the most lethal offenses with a big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden.

With multiple talented teams emerging, the Lakers will have a tough road towards their second championship. But the Lakers have a talented roster now and if they can make more signings or trades before the deadline, they will still be the favorites for the title.

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Can LeBron lead the Lakers to their 18th championship this season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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