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Lakers Make History: Bronny James Drafted to Join Father LeBron

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In a historic move, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Bronny James as the 55th pick in the 2024 NBA draft, marking a significant milestone for the James family. Bronny, the 19-year-old son of Lakers’ iconic star LeBron James, has now joined his father’s team, creating a unique father- son duo on the same NBA roster.

LeBron James, a legendary figure in basketball and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, had expressed his long-standing dream of sharing the court with one of his sons. This dream has now become a reality as Bronny officially becomes part of the Lakers organization.

Bronny’s journey to the NBA has been marked by challenges, including a health scare when he suffered a cardiac arrest during practice in July 2023, leading to a temporary setback in his college basketball career at the University of Southern California. Despite these obstacles, Bronny demonstrated his resilience and talent on the court, showcasing his skills as a 6’2″ guard for USC.

After declaring his intention to enter the 2024 NBA draft following his transfer portal entry, Bronny received medical clearance from a team of doctors to pursue his NBA aspirations, despite being diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. This clearance has paved the way for Bronny to fulfill his basketball dreams and follow in his father’s footsteps in the professional basketball world.

The James family’s legacy in the NBA reaches a new milestone with Bronny’s draft selection, as they become the first father and son duo to play for the same team simultaneously in the league’s history, setting a remarkable precedent in basketball lineage.

Written by
Derek Chan

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