Austin Rivers Issues Strong Warning To Bronny James About Leaving USC To Rush Into NBA And Play Alongside His Dad
Austin Rivers does not believe that it is in Bronny James’ best interest to leave college after one season to play alongside his father with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is of the opinion that the son of LeBron James would be better suited on… any other team.
First and foremost, the 19-year-old freshman at USC is averaging less than six points, three rebounds and three assists in 20.1 minutes per game and has only played in 14 games with three starts. Bronny suffered cardiac arrest during summer workouts. It took him awhile to get back on the court. He has been slow out of the gates.
It is probably in his best interest to play at least one more year of college basketball.
However, LeBron James has long stated his desire to play with Bronny in the NBA. The latter may rush into a professional career to hoop with the former.
Rivers doesn’t think that is a good idea. The former five-star recruit knows what it is like to have a famous father, Doc Rivers, and has felt the pressure that comes with such a famous basketball bloodline.
He is of the opinion that Bronny would be subject to even greater scrutiny on the pro level than he does as an amateur. Especially if LeBron is involved.
What happens is a lot of people start to discredit all the things that you’ve done. This kid has been in the limelight since he was born.— Austin Rivers
Rivers believes that Bronny James could be very good one day. As of right now, that is not the case.
There is still a long way to go before the Trojans’ superstar shooting guard is ready to make an impact on the next level. Should he end up becoming an early-round draft pick this year, the expectations would be outrageous.
Rivers has been in a similar position and knows the impact that outside opinions can have on a player. He doesn’t want to see it ruin Bronny’s career before it begins.
Because Bronny’s success isn’t at a top-tier level, him getting drafted and playing with his dad— I don’t want that negativity to come his way. Because he doesn’t deserve it. He’s not a top-10 pick he’s not a lottery pick, he’s none of those things. I was all of those things and then still, when I went to go play for the Clippers, people criticized me.— Austin Rivers
Rivers hopes that Bronny will one day play in the NBA— on a team where “he can branch out his own identity.” Most importantly, he hopes that he will play in the NBA when he is ready.