LeBron James has some competition as Bronny’s basketball idol

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports) /

Steph Curry is so popular, even LeBron James’ son Bronny shouts “Steph!” after shooting in recognition of the Warriors star.

Steph Curry breaking the NBA’s three-point shooting record gave people a chance to reflect on the impact he’s had on the league and the future of basketball.

It also led to a pretty hilarious anecdote from Yahoo! Sports Krysten Peek on FanSided’s Warriors Huddle podcast concerning Curry, Lakers star LeBron James and his son Bronny.

We’ve all been in a similar situation to Bronny — although probably not exactly — where we’re taking a three point shot. Be it on the court or tossing a balled-up piece of paper into the trash can, there are two things going through one’s mind: Making the shot and also saying the name of an NBA great while we do it.

In the FanSided Office, we’ve heard our video host Mark Carman say ‘Jordan’ more times than any other human being on Earth has said that name. For another generation of basketball fans, we shout ‘Kobe!’ while taking whatever shot we’re taking.

For Bronny, however, the name he says is probably not what you’re expecting.

LeBron James’ son Bronny shouts “Steph!” after shooting

It turns out, Curry has such an influence on young basketball players that Bronny says his name after shooting instead of his dad’s.

Listen to the anecdote starting at the 49-minute mark.

“That’s impacting the next wave of players coming up,” Peek said. “I just love it was LeBron’s son and he was yelling out ‘Steph!'”

It’s the ultimate respect to drop a shooter’s name like that. Kids grew up in the 90s shouting “Jordan!” Kids in the 2000s would fall back with a “Kobe!” Now, kids are idolizing “Steph!”

Bronny is a four-star prospect for the class of 2023, ranking 38th in the 247Sports composite rankings. While his dad is a forward with a rare skillset, Bronny is more of a guard.

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