Family First: LeBron James Wants to Witness Son's Basketball Milestone



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Family First: LeBron James Wants to Witness Son's Basketball Milestone
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LeBron James, the basketball superstar known for his dedication on the court, is showcasing a different kind of commitment – a deep-rooted family bond. LeBron has openly prioritized his son Bronny’s college basketball debut with the USC Trojans over his professional commitments with the Los Angeles Lakers.

This declaration came in the wake of the Lakers' 133-110 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that seemed to pale in importance for LeBron compared to his son’s upcoming milestone. LeBron’s statement, “Family over everything ...

But definitely got to see Bronny's first game whenever he's cleared and ready to go,” underlines his role as a father. Despite the Lakers finishing their road trip with a 2-2 record and losing an early 14-point lead, LeBron’s spirits were high with the news of Bronny's clearance by doctors for a full return to basketball.

Bronny, a 19-year-old freshman, had suffered cardiac arrest during a team workout in July and had undergone surgery for what was believed to be a congenital heart defect.

Lakers Support and Upcoming Schedule Conflicts

LeBron's Lakers teammates, Anthony Davis and D'Angelo Russell, initially responded in jest to the possibility of LeBron missing a Lakers game.

However, Davis later conveyed to reporters that the team captains had discussed this plan and affirmed LeBron’s decision, emphasizing the support within the Lakers’ locker room. The schedules of the Lakers and USC Trojans overlap on several upcoming dates, presenting potential conflicts for LeBron.

These include games on December 28, December 30, January 3, January 13, January 17, and January 27. The excitement within the James family for Bronny's return is palpable, as LeBron described it as a “proud moment” and “big-time excitement”.

Meanwhile, the Lakers face their challenges, having lost two games on their road trip by a substantial margin. At 11-9, the team is grappling with a spate of injuries, affecting key players such as Jarred Vanderbilt, Gabe Vincent, Cam Reddish, Jaxson Hayes, and Rui Hachimura. Lakers coach Darvin Ham expressed the difficulty in assessing the team's performance under these circumstances.

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