Bronny James, son of NBA legend LeBron James, expressed gratitude as he made his college basketball debut for the USC Trojans on Sunday, nearly five months after suffering a cardiac arrest. LeBron James attended the game at the Galen Center to support his son as the Trojans faced Long Beach State.
The 19-year-old guard, who experienced a cardiac arrest during a workout on June 20, showcased resilience and determination on the court. Recently cleared by doctors and USC’s medical staff for full-contact practice, Bronny James contributed with four points, three rebounds, and two assists in his debut. However, the Trojans fell short in an overtime loss to Long Beach State, with a final score of 84-79.
Bronny, visibly moved by the experience, thanked everyone who supported him during his challenging journey. He expressed appreciation for the Mayo Clinic, where he received treatment, as well as his parents, siblings, Trojans head coach Andy Enfield, and teammates.
During his 16 minutes on the court, Bronny demonstrated defensive prowess, securing all his rebounds on the defensive glass and contributing two steals. Coach Enfield praised his performance, highlighting his high-level defense and the excitement of seeing him back in action.
Bronny’s return to the game marked a significant moment for the USC community and basketball fans, and his minutes will continue to be monitored by the medical staff. Despite the loss, the debut was a testament to Bronny’s dedication and hard work in overcoming adversity.
LeBron James, arriving just before the national anthem with his daughter Zhuri, showed unwavering support for his son. The younger James’ debut added to the family’s celebratory weekend, following LeBron’s role in helping the Lakers win the NBA’s new In-Season Tournament.
The game also featured other notable basketball connections, including DJ Rodman, son of Dennis Rodman, and Chayce Polynice, son of NBA veteran Olden Polynice, highlighting the strong presence of basketball legacies in the college matchup.