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LeBron James' son, LeBron "Bronny" James Jr., made headlines last week when a toddler threw a piece of candy at him during a high school basketball tournament in Massachusetts.

Bronny is a 15-year-old basketball player who attends Sierra Canyon, a private school in Los Angeles. There are reports that the toddler who threw the candy at Bronny was ejected from the gym.

Nearly 20 years ago, another toddler was the target of mean-spirited basketball fans who disliked his NBA All-star father.

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Before social media came into existence, adults relentlessly mocked Trey Jason Kidd, aka TJ, in chat rooms and on message boards.

TJ is the son of L.A. Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd, 46, and his first wife, Joumana Kidd.

Adults made cruel comments about TJ while hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet. If anyone understands what Bronny James is going through now, it's TJ Kidd.

TJ, a 21-year-old college student, is a mature, well-adjusted young man who seems unaffected by the bullying that occurred when he was much younger than Bronny is now.
 

Heavy.com writer Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson caught up with TJ before the Lakers took on the Nets at the Barclays Center on Jan. 23.

Robinson asked TJ to share his experience growing up as the son of an NBA star.
 

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson: What's your opinion on the kid throwing that object at Bronny?

TJ Kidd: Nobody should be throwing anything at anyone no matter the level of the game that's being played. I get that it was a little kid who threw something. I saw the video. I don't know the whole story and I don't know why the kid did it. But there's no place for it.
 

What's it like being an NBA player's son? Is there pressure?

TJ Kidd: Honestly it's very cool. You are afforded many great opportunities and you meet really amazing people. But there are misconceptions and downsides that come with it. There are haters. People that harass you on social media. There are people who have no clue with what pressure and expectations you have to deal with. But it's what builds your character. Dealing with adversity, pressure, sometimes anxiety. It helps make you better. At the end of the day, it's all noise. You learn how to deal with it at a young age and you learn how to be the best person you can be every single day. You don't always have that parent around, but you know they want the best for you. It's a whole lot of learning and teaching yourself things as you grow up. But you understand the circumstances of their work. You are beyond proud of your parent. You'll love and stick up for that parent until the end of the line because that's your parent and they represent you and your whole family. I consider myself extremely blessed to have my dad be my dad and my mom to be my mom. But, at the end of the day, it's about what you want to do. It's great to celebrate what that parent has accomplished. But, at the end of the day, you have to do you. It's not going to be easy, but the payout of your body of work to whatever it is you do, will be worthwhile.

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LeBron James was in attendance at a sold out high school game between Sierra Canyon (California) and Paul VI Catholic School at a tournament in Springfield, MA on Monday.

LeBron's son, LeBron James Jr, aka Bronny, 15, is a freshman guard for Sierra Canyon, an elite private school in California where the tuition costs $37,000 per year.

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40 police officers worked the game at Springfield College to provide extra security for the NBA superstar and 4,000 basketball fans who paid to see the progeny of LeBron (Bronny) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire Wade) play for Sierra.

Late in the 3rd quarter, while Bronny was waiting to make an inbound pass, a young fan pelted him with a piece of candy.

LeBron, 35, sat about 50 feet away shaking his head slowly as the game was stopped so police officers could eject the fan who threw the Starburst candy.

Bronny, who has not started for Sierra this season, took two shots during the game, missing both.

He is averaging 2 points per game this season. His play seems to be affected by the intense pressure he is under. ESPN aired the game live on ESPNU network.

"You'd be surprised by all the stuff Bronny has to go through," said teammate Ziaire Williams. "It's not fair, but he doesn't let it faze him at all. I'm learning how to be more like that from him and he's younger than me."

A boy took to YouTube.com to apologize and take responsibility for the candy toss. The unidentified boy claimed to be a Lakers and LeBron fan.

"Hi James family. I just want to apologize that I threw an orange peel at Bronny."

But another video posted on Twitter.com shows a toddler throwing the candy at Bronny.

LeBron vented his frustration on Twitter.com. "Hating has no age limit! #JamesGang is build [sic] for it and well equipped. As we proceed."

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"It's just disrespectful," LeBron said later. "And it was a little kid, too I don't know how old that little kid was. I don't know if he learned that on his own, or her learned it at home."

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LeBron, who took a helicopter to the campus to avoid Boston's traffic, hugged his son after Sierra's loss to Paul VI Catholic School, before heading back to Boston where his Lakers lost 139-107 to the Celtics on Monday night.