Bronny James Is Cleared by N.B.A. Medical Panel

by Christina S. Brown
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By Shams Charania, Lukas Weese and Sam Vecenie

Bronny James, the son of NBA celebrity LeBron James, is anticipated to remain within the 2024 NBA Draft, league sources mentioned.

James, who suffered a cardiac arrest final July earlier than returning to the court docket for his freshman season at USC, has been totally cleared to play by the NBA’s Health to Play Panel and can take part in all pre-draft actions, starting with the NBA Draft Mix this week.

Whereas not thought-about a high prospect — James was not included in The Athletic’s post-lottery mock draft Sunday — his surname, and journey again to the court docket following a critical well being scare, make him one of the crucial notable gamers on this 12 months’s draft class.

There’s additionally the added intrigue of whether or not James and his father may grow to be teammates. LeBron has expressed a want to finish his profession taking part in alongside his son.

The youthful James, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard, collapsed after struggling a cardiac arrest throughout a USC crew exercise in July. A household spokesperson mentioned a congenital coronary heart defect brought on the incident. Docs cleared him to return to apply 4 months later, and he made his faculty debut on Dec. 10 towards Lengthy Seaside State. He appeared in USC’s ultimate 25 video games, beginning six and averaging 4.8 factors, 2.8 rebounds and a pair of.1 assists in 19.3 minutes.

Questions surrounding his future accelerated when his faculty coach at USC, Andy Enfield, left for the head-coaching emptiness at SMU in March.

James, 19, declared for the NBA Draft on April 5. He additionally entered the switch portal to keep up flexibility as he labored out for NBA groups.

Following the USC teaching change, LeBron mentioned that Bronny had “some powerful selections to make” concerning his future.

“On the finish of the day, Bronny’s his personal man,” LeBron mentioned in April.

The youthful James’ resolution comes forward of a giant one for his father, who has to resolve whether or not to choose into his $51.4 million participant choice for 2024-25 by June 29. Crew sources mentioned final month the Lakers are open to the prospect of serving to LeBron fulfill his dream of taking part in along with his son by doubtlessly drafting him.

LeBron declined to reply a query about whether or not he performed his ultimate recreation as a Laker after Los Angeles was eradicated in 5 video games by the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs.

The NBA Draft takes place June 26-27.

Bronny tasks as a 3-and-D guard who performs onerous, makes good selections on offense, does the little issues, passes effectively, leads the quick break off defensive rebounds, fills transition lanes and assaults the rim when he will get an opportunity. He’s a terrific defensive participant who fights on the level of assault and has the size and foot pace to stay with most guards.

James’ offense is a piece in progress. He struggled to generate any halfcourt paint touches this 12 months, and isn’t a lot of a pull-up shooter but. He made solely 27 % of his 3s final season, although he appeared extra assured taking them at USC and has extra taking pictures expertise than his share exhibits. — Sam Vecenie, NBA Draft author

(Picture: Brian Rothmuller / Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

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