Bronny James has been in and out of the limelight for several years now, because of being the eldest son of LeBron James. Fans witnessed him and his brother practice with the 4x NBA Champion as children. And now, both teens have made it big in the basketball community, especially James Jr. The 18-year-old is all set to make his college debut in hopes that he will get to experience great heights of success before joining the NBA.
“Should I hit an actual yell or a silent one? Cause I can hit a really good silent one.”
Bronny James during USC’s media day 🤣
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 4, 2023
After graduation, James officially announced that he committed to the University of Southern California in May 2023. He is set to play alongside a few elite high school recruits and college stars such as DJ Rodman, son of the iconic Dennis Rodman, and Isaiah Collier. Unfortunately, Bronny suffered from a cardiac arrest during one of his first practices at USC. He was hospitalized for nearly a week before the doctors discharged him.
But the NBA legend’s son made a fairly quick recovery and is projected to make his debut without delay. Medical experts initially couldn’t determine what caused the cardiac arrest. However, they eventually found out that Bronny James had a congenital heart defect, an issue that usually exists from birth. Doctors stated that James could easily make a full recovery and start playing basketball again.
Did the NCAA reverse their decision on jerseys because of Bronny James?
On October 19, 2023, Bronny James lived through one of his greatest moments in life. The USC Trojans had an introductory ceremony during the Trojans HoopLA event. This event took place at the Galen Center, homecourt of the Trojans.
Bronny came out dancing and all smiles while he was being officially introduced as a Trojan. A couple of months prior, he had announced that he will be wearing No.6 on his jersey. This is to pay respect to his father, who also wore the same number on many occasions in the NBA.
Interestingly, Bronny wouldn’t have been able to wear No. 6 until now. The NCAA restricted athletes from wearing the numbers 6, 7, 8, and 9. This rule was strictly followed until this year, making LeBron Jr. a lucky young man. The rule existed to simplify hand gestures used by the game officials while they signaled numbers to the scorekeepers.
However, the rule was exempted as scorekeepers would often misunderstand certain numbers. For example, if a referee says No.7 committed a foul, they would gesture 5 and 2 to the scorekeepers using one hand. But signaling both those numbers also led scorekeepers to assume the officials meant No.52. Now, officials are allowed to use both hands to gesture any number between 0-9 and gesture twice for double digits.