LeBron James was among the honorees at the 2023 ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 12. The NBA icon’s wife Savannah James and his kids presented him with the Best Record-Breaking Performance Award at the star-studded ceremony.
Looking stunning in a sparking red dress, Savannah was joined by their three children, sons Bronny James (18), Bryce James (16) and daughter Zhuri (8). “As ESPN honors LeBron for breaking the NBA’s all-time scoring record, I decided-I want to tell you what I think. I think LeBron James is the baddest mother…,” Savannah said while onstage before Zhuri stopped her.
“Mom,” the 8-year-old quickly said while touching her mom’s arm. She also shook her head, stopping Savannah from cursing in front of the audience. The adorable interaction garnered laughter from the crowd, including LeBron who smiled in his seat.
Savannah then continued her speech, but with non-NSFW word choices. “I think LeBron is the baddest to ever set foot on a basketball court,” she raved about her husband. “Nobody works harder. Nobody carries more. And nobody has done more for the game of basketball than LeBron James.”
Later, LeBron took the stage to accept his award with a huge smile on his face. “I wanted to start off by thanking my beautiful wife Savannah,” he shared, adding that “for our family, no one has sacrificed more or put in more hard work than you and I appreciate you for that. I love you.”
He then gave his kids a shout-out, sharing, “It means so much to me to have you guys up here on stage… Thank you, guys, for being amazing kids, all three of you. The greatest blessing of my life.”
LeBron also addressed the elephant in the room. Revealing whether or not he’s retiring after this season, he said, “When the season ended, I said I wasn’t sure if I was gonna keep playing. I’m here now, speaking for myself. In that moment, [I was] asking myself if I can still play without cheating the game. Can I give everything to the game still? The truth is, I’ve been asking myself this question at the end of the season for a couple years now, I just never openly talked about it.”
“The real question for me is, ‘Can I play without cheating the game?’ The day I can’t give the game everything on the floor is the day I’ll be done,” he continued. “Luckily for you guys, today is not that day.”
The crowd quickly cheered in excitement. The Los Angeles star added, “I still got something left. A lot left! I love you all and thank you so much for watching this journey thus far.”