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How about a hearty push for good old-fashioned traditional marriage?

You know the saying: First comes loves, then comes marriage, then comes LeBron with the baby carriage.

It’s time, folks.

When Barack Obama ran for the White House, he gave a Father’s Day speech encouraging fathers to be fathers.

“We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child - it’s the courage to raise one,” Mr. Obama said in 2008.

It’s never too late.

Right now, James’ sons, LeBron Jr., 5, and Bryce, 2, are too young to care whether their parents are married. But kids grow up so fast.

Before James knows it, his boys will be teenagers - and teens, who can be the orneriest of children, hardly live in an adultless vacuum. What grown-ups do and don’t do is reflected in their attitudes and behaviors.

That’s why James should man up and marry the mother of his children.

He thrives on the chest-bumping, high-fiving, fan-screaming antics on the court. He even told his mother to sit her blankety-blank down when he thought she was being too boisterous during a recent playoff game.

James is apparently being a good father to his boys.

But surely he doesn’t want them to grow up the way he did with an unmarried mom.

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