Entertainment Sports LeBron James Honors Son Bronny on 16th Birthday: 'Love You Kid Until the Wheels Fall Off' "Continue to grow and continue to lead your generation to heights maybe you didn't even think was possible," the athlete wrote By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 8, 2020 02:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: LeBron James/Instagram LeBron James is reminding his son how special he is on his 16th birthday. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers star shared a heartfelt post to Instagram in honor of his son LeBron "Bronny" James Jr.'s milestone, including several photos of the father-son duo bonding both on and off the court. "Happy 16th kid!!!!! 1 of a kind and I’ve loved every second of your existence so far in your young promising life! You’re SPECIAL kid(always know that)!" LeBron began the caption. "Continue to grow and continue to lead your generation to heights maybe you didn’t even think was possible because you guys are simply that SPECIAL!!" The basketball player, 35, went on to thank Bronny for allowing him to play a pivotal role in his life. "Thank you for allowing me to be your inspiration, leader, listener, mediator, as well as many more things but most importantly simply being YOUR DAD!" he continued. LeBron James Wears Kobe Bryant Tribute Shirt Before Winning Game 4 of NBA Finals "Love you kid until the wheels fall off and when they do we push the car to our destination side by side! Enjoy your day, your existence, your LIFE!! Live.Laugh.Learn.Love! 🙏🏾❤️🤴🏾👑 bronny," LeBron added. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty The athlete also included the hashtag "Young Simba" along with a lion emoji. The father of three featured pictures of Bronny as both a little boy and a teenager in the post. In the first photo, LeBron is seen holding baby Bronny against his chest while his then-newborn son is sleeping. He also shared shots of his son sitting on the sidelines while the Lakers star played in an NBA game, and included photos of the two at Bronny's high school basketball games. Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty LeBron James/Instagram Many of LeBron's friends as well as fellow NBA stars commented on the post to wish Bronny a happy birthday. LeBron James Says Kids Won’t Visit Him in Bubble Because ‘There’s Nothing for Them to Do’ "Happy. C day 2 da prince 💙💙 good job king and queen 🙏🏾," wrote Snoop Dogg. "Happy birthday nephew," added Shaquille O'Neal while Isaiah Thomas replied, "Happy birthday young killa." Jamie Foxx also sent birthday wishes, as did former basketball star Gilbert Arenas, writing, "Happy birthday prince James (the next king) 🙌🏾🔥💯." Dwyane Wade's son, Zaire, also replied, "YnG🖤." In August, LeBron opened up about being away from his family in the NBA bubble and how hard it's been for him. "I miss the hell out of my family," he said, according to USA Today. "My wife, my kids, my mother. And so on and so on. It’s a huge challenge." While his children — sons Bronny and Bryce, 13, and daughter Zhuri, 5, might have stayed in California, LeBron's wife, Savannah, joined him in Orlando. The two have been together since high school and have been married for seven years.