LeBron James Signals His Future NBA Plans by Focusing on His Son Bronny James’ Basketball Journey
Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James continues to prove that Father Time has yet to catch up to him. James’ sustained excellence has thrust into the picture the possibility of playing with his son Bronny James. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer recently obliged the notion by tying his NBA plans ahead to his Bronny’s basketball path.
LeBron James still proving to be an ageless wonder
Through the first few weeks of his 19th campaign, James struggled to navigate through nagging injuries.
The 17-time All-Star missed eight straight games due to an abdominal strain. However, the 37-year-old has effectively pushed past those issues and is putting together a remarkable campaign. James is averaging a team-best 28.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists while shooting 52.0% from the floor and 37.0% from beyond the arc.
It includes him becoming the first player age 36 or older to post seven straight 30-point performances, while his points average is the highest for any player in their 19th campaign. All that has diminished any thought of retirement as James is putting up another MVP-caliber season.
James’ continued dominance has opened him to publicly tie his NBA future plans to his son Bronny again.
LeBron James signals his future NBA plans by focusing on his son Bronny James’ basketball journey
As LeBron James moves through the latter portion of his career, it’s pushed more of the spotlight on his son, Bronny James’ basketball future.
Bronny is in his sophomore year of high school, with aspirations to continue his journey through to the professional ranks. With that potential possibility floating around ahead, LeBron recently expressed again that he is hoping to play on an NBA court together against his son.
“I want him to get to the NBA,” James said. “I’m not even gonna lie. I want to be on the court with him. I think that would an unbelievable moment.”
The younger James is lined up to be part of the 2023 high school class. He’s already receiving interest from Duke, UCLA, North Carolina, and Kansas. Kentucky is the only school so far to offer him a scholarship. At this juncture, he must spend at least one year after high school before leaping to the NBA.
Bronny could go the route of attempting to play in the G-League for a season before declaring for the 2024 NBA Draft. He possesses plenty of time to decide as he will have several options available. If he can continue to progress in his development, he will have every opportunity to get to the next level.
Meanwhile, it’s quite clear that his father is doing everything in his power to give himself to become the first NBA player chance to play with or against their son in a game.
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It isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last instance that LeBron will discuss the possibility of playing in the NBA with his son.
As Bronny has progressed in his basketball career in grade school, it’s continued to garner more of his father’s attention. Last year, the Lakers star voiced that it is one of his long-term goals ahead in his first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
“That’s definitely one of my goals, but that’s a long-term goal,” James said via Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports, emphasizing that his son’s professional career is still a ways off. “My son right now is in high school and enjoying what being a teenager is all about. But that would be pretty cool to go on my resume.”
The question will become how that would unfold as the 37-year-old’s contract with the Lakers runs through the 2022-23 campaign. He will enter free agency ahead of his 21st season, but he’s previously expressed that he wants to play the rest of his career with Los Angeles.
Much still needs to unfold ahead on both ends as LeBron must stay healthy while Bronny must continue his ascension. The dream scenario is definitely there; it’s only a matter of it coming to fruition.
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