Friday, December 01, 2023
USC freshman Bronny James, son of NBA superstar LeBron James, has received medical clearance to resume basketball activities after a cardiac arrest incident during a summer workout.
The 19-year-old, who suffered a congenital heart defect, is slated for a final evaluation with USC staff this week, targeting a return to practice next week and eventually to games.
Expressing gratitude to the medical team, USC community, and supporters, a family spokesperson conveyed the James family's appreciation for the outpouring of love.
LeBron James, anticipating his son's USC debut, prioritizes family and has informed the Lakers that he will skip their game if it coincides with Bronny's return to the court.
Bronny's cardiac arrest on July 24 led to a three-day hospitalisation and a corrective procedure. USC's upcoming game against No. 11 Gonzaga in Las Vegas precedes their home game on December 10 against Long Beach State. Coach Andy Enfield highlighted the positive clearance from heart specialists and outlined the plan to gradually reintegrate Bronny into full-contact team activities.
While Bronny has participated in pregame warmups, the timing of his return to competitive play remains uncertain. Coach Enfield emphasised patience, considering the extended absence from basketball. The 6-foot-3 guard, a standout at Sierra Canyon in high school, is part of USC's highly regarded freshman class, contributing to the team's anticipation for his on-court presence.
Teammate Boogie Ellis expressed excitement about Bronny's potential return, acknowledging the void in the team's dynamics during his absence. USC's upcoming games will likely see the return of the promising guard, marking a significant moment in his recovery journey.