Debuting Tonight, LeBron James, in Partnership With Disney, Hopes to Inspire Kids With ‘Becoming’ TV Show

LeBron James is close with his sons, LeBron Jr. (right) and Bryce (left). (Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)
LeBron James is close with his sons, LeBron Jr. (right) and Bryce (left).
(Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)

When Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James sat down to watch television with two his sons, he noticed a lack of sports TV programming for kids.

So with his interest in producing TV entertainment, James started thinking, and Becoming was born. It’s a half-hour show profiling today’s top athletes before they became who they are. And the first episode features James.

“There’s no sports programs where parents and kids can sit down and watch it together,” James told USA TODAY Sports. “This made a lot of sense — me being able to come together with Disney and put together a program like this, where parents and kids can sit down together and watch episodes about people they look up to. They can get the history and the story and things they can relate to in their own households.”

The Becoming pilot debuts Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and at 8 p.m. ET on Disney XD and will be shown again Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, hours before James’ Cavaliers play the Denver Nuggets on the network.

James and his business partner Maverick Carter are executive producers along with ESPN Films’ John Dahl, Libby Geist and Connor Schell, who are responsible for ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 series.

It’s a mini-documentary for young people, and James wants the show to be educational and inspirational.

“I want kids to understand that the things they might be going through right now at the ages they’re at, they’re going through some of the same struggles, adversity and low self-esteem that I went through when I was a kid,” James said. “We can relate to a lot of things that they’re going through today.”

Yep, you read that right. James had to find his self-esteem.

“Being part of a single-parent household and being an only child, I looked to people I could relate to and it took a very long time for me to get there,” James said.

James discovered much of his self-esteem through basketball and friendship, both covered in Becoming.

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SOURCE: USA Today – Jeff Zillgitt