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LeBron James has repeatedly stated that he wants to play in the NBA alongside Bronny. However, the four-time champion and four-time MVP is tired of the outside speculation.

His eldest son is going to do what makes sense for him. Period.

Bronny, who is set to wrap up his first regular season at USC on March 9, may or may not choose to turn pro after one year of college basketball. LeBron seemingly put himself in a position to leverage his contract with the Lakers in a manner that might force them to draft the 19-year-old freshman in June. It will expire this year, and his decision on where to sign next might correlate to which team is willing to draft his son.

That decision will be made down the road.

In the meantime, Bronny is focused on the things that he can control. LeBron made that abundantly clear in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Monday.

ESPN removed Bronny from its 2024 NBA mock draft and bumped him to 2025. Naturally, the internet ran wild with the move— even though nobody outside of the James family knows what is going to happen.

LeBron James saw the chatter about Bronny’s future and asked everybody to chill out.

“Can yall please just let the kid be a kid and enjoy college basketball,” he said. “The work and results will ultimately do the talking no matter what he decides to do. If y’all don’t know he doesn’t care what a mock draft says, he just WORKS! Earned Not Given!”

He also issued a message to other athletes who are chasing their dreams like his son.

“And to all the other kids out there striving to be great just keep your head down, blinders on and keep grinding,” Bronny added. “These Mock Drafts doesn’t matter one bit! I promise you! Only the WORK MATTERS!! Let’s talk REAL BASKETBALL PEOPLE! ✌️👑”

Although LeBron is coming from a good place, he has been the catalyst for much of the conversation surrounding Bronny’s future in the NBA. He is the one who keeps talking about his desire to play alongside his son. Not the other way around.

People are going to talk about anyone with the last name James. It comes with the territory. If LeBron James and Bronny James truly want the speculation to stop, they need to make a definitive statement.