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#pounditThursday, February 22, 2024

LeBron James makes bold promise amid huge Bronny news

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is already blocking off his calendar for Bronny James’ eventual USC debut.

Following the Lakers’ 133-110 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, James was asked about the recent positive update on his son Bronny’s health.

The 19-year-old USC freshman was announced Thursday to have received clearance for a “full return” to basketball following his cardiac arrest on July 24.

James told reporters that he plans to sit out a Lakers game if it lands on the same day as Bronny’s USC debut. The 4-time MVP already informed his teammates of his plans.

“I’m looking forward to his first game, whenever he’s cleared. … I already told my teammates that if they play on the same day we play, then I’m going to have to catch them the next game. … Family over everything,” said James.

The Lakers’ and Trojans’ schedules don’t really have much overlap in the coming weeks.

The two teams both play on December 28 and 30. The latter date also happens to be LeBron’s birthday.

In January, only three USC games — on the 3rd, 13th, and 17th — overlap with Lakers contests.

Both teams also play this Saturday, but Bronny likely still has to get into game shape before USC head coach Andy Enfield even considers playing him.

Bronny James was rated by 247 Sports as a 4-star recruit before committing to USC in May. The 6’4″ combo guard is highly regarded for his outside shooting and potential as an on-ball defender.

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