There is no official timeline for his comeback. Discover Bronny James out for opener following cardiac arrest incident.
As the USC Trojans prepare to face Kansas State in Las Vegas for their season opener, they will do so without their star freshman guard, Bronny James, son of NBA legend LeBron James. Bronny James won’t be taking the court due to his cardiac arrest incident during a preseason workout on July 24, as confirmed by USC.
The university later verified that Bronny’s absence from practice and the preseason trip to Greece and Croatia was due to a congenital heart defect. Although he is currently undergoing rehabilitation, there is no specific timeframe for his return to the basketball court. However, medical professionals are optimistic about his full recovery following a successful surgery.
LeBron James’ Update on Bronny’s Progress
LeBron James, speaking at Lakers Media Day on October 2, expressed that Bronny is making remarkable progress and has initiated his rehabilitation process. He remains hopeful that his son will rejoin USC for the season. Despite the challenges they have faced, the James family stands united and committed to supporting Bronny’s recovery.
Bronny James was to be a significant contributor to the Trojans and had drawn considerable attention because of his basketball heritage. His absence poses a substantial setback for USC. He was regarded as a potential lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
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USC’s schedule offers a gradual reintegration plan for Bronny, with only one nonconference opponent ranked in the Top 25 (Gonzaga on Dec. 2) before the start of Pac-12 conference play in early 2024. While USC possesses a talented roster even in Bronny’s absence, his return is eagerly anticipated to maximize the team’s potential this season.
James, a former four-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American from Sierra Canyon High School, played a pivotal role in USC’s impressive No. 3 finish in the 2023 team rankings. Throughout his recovery journey, Bronny has received tremendous support from his family, the USC community, and his fans.