After losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Miami Heat's fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, it appears things are looking up for LeBron James. The two-time champion and four-time MVP is apparently expecting a third child with his wife, Savannah James.
Heat president Pat Riley spilled the beans on Thursday during a press conference, telling reporters per the Associated Press, "Savannah now is going to have a little baby girl to join her in the fight against the two boys and LeBron, which she needs."
Now the James family might have a future WNBA star to follow in her father's footsteps.
There is no word yet on how far along Savannah James is, but this is huge news for the entire family. We've already been introduced to James' sons—LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus—through his countless commercials.
James' oldest son, LeBron Jr., has already started his basketball career, as seen in this video from the AAU Championships at Walt Disney World:
Riley was clearly happy to announce the news for James, but it wasn't all fun and games during the press conference.
The Heat president was quite poignant when discussing the future for James and his Miami teammates. During the 55-minute conference, Riley spoke about the future of the franchise, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:
This stuff is hard. And you got to stay together, if you've got the guts. And you don't find the first door and run out of it…I think everybody needs to get a grip. Media, Heat players, organization, all of our fans. You gotta get a grip on greatness and on teams.
[James] has the right to do whatever he wants to do…I didn't come down here 19 years ago for a quick trip to South Beach and a sun tan…I don't think they did either.
If it were up to Riley, James' baby girl would clearly be raised in South Beach.
The potential implications of this news on James' future, though, are unclear at this point. While he's clearly seemed happy—judging by the commercials—raising his children in Florida, not much is known about where James intends to play next season.
Stability for any family is a necessity, but the life of an athlete is completely different. After several seasons in which James and his teammates have thrived in Miami, this might provide the superstar with yet another reason for to remain with the Heat.
After coming up just short of a three-peat, he still came away with a win this year.
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