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LeBron James' kids idolise two other NBA stars over their dad

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LeBron James is arguably one of the best basketball players in the world today and more than that, possibly the greatest of his era.

Recently, James has been posting videos on his Twitter account of the next generation of James ballers, and they look pretty damn impressive.

The evidence suggests LeBron James Jr. and Bryce Maximus have been tearing the court up in their junior games, just like their dear old dad has done in the pros en route to winning two NBA titles and four MVP awards.

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However, neither son wants to wear the same number as their already legendary dad. James currently wears the number 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers, something he originally did to pay tribute to his idol, Michael Jordan.

Upon moving to the Miami Heat in 2010, James declared that he felt the number 23 had become sacred and should be retired league-wide to honour Jordan.

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"I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon,'' James said back in November 2009. "There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn't Michael Jordan first."

It appears some of that notion has rubbed off on James' two talented sons, who have not only ignored the number 23, but also the number six their father wore down on South Beach.

James told Sports Illustrated last year that his eldest, LeBron James Jr., refuses to wear the same jersey number as he does because he “doesn’t want people to know who he is.”

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

Instead, LeBron James Jr. has settled on the number 0, whilst his brother Bryce Maximus has locked in the number 30. Both starlets have a reason behind their choices and it's the same rationale that led James to pick his first number.

Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry are the pairs' respective favourite players, and those are two of the biggest stars in the NBA today.

It's interesting that the boys are so fond of the backcourt megastars instead of a forward like their dad, considering they will more than likely go on to be built like him.

Never the less, James isn't insulted by the close-to-home snub and according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the 12-time All-Star loves their individuality.

James insisted: "I love that they carve their own path."

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

The boys clearly have good taste, though, as Westbrook recorded his 31st career triple-double last night to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the Portland Trail Blazers.

Westbrook has won the All-Star game MVP award two years running and is arguably challenging James for the title of most well-rounded player in the league today.

Steph Curry is, well, Steph Curry. The reigning MVP is the catalyst behind the Golden State Warriors surge towards the Chicago Bulls' regular season record of 72-10 set back in 1995-96 and he's set a host of individual records during the course of the Warriors' current 60-6 run this term.

Will the James kids grow up to carve their own name in the basketball world?

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