Bronny and LeBron James will become the first father-son duo to play together in NBA history

Bronny and LeBron James will become the first father-son duo to play together in NBA history


File photo of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and his son Bronny

File photo of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and his son Bronny | Photo credit: AP

19-year-old Bronny James was selected 55th overall in the NBA Draft by his father LeBron James' team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bronny James was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday, bringing his father LeBron one step closer to fulfilling his longtime dream of playing alongside his son.

Bronny, 19, received a phone call from general manager Rob Pelinka to inform him of the Lakers' decision, while his father raised an emotional glass of champagne to family and friends at a New York restaurant after breaking the news, ESPN reported.

Bronny and LeBron will be the first father-son duo to play in the league at the same time and on the same team, and although Bronny is not expected to play significant minutes in his rookie season, there's no doubt it will be a special moment when they first appear together on the NBA hardwood.

“Family Affair,” the Lakers posted on X alongside old and current photos of Bronny and LeBron.

Bronny posted a picture of himself in a Lakers jersey on Instagram, and Lakers legend Magic Johnson congratulated Bronny and called his selection with the 55th pick of the draft a “historic moment.”

LeBron was 19 and the winner of NBA Rookie of the Year when his wife, Savannah, gave birth to LeBron Raymone “Bronny” James Jr. in 2004 in Akron, Ohio.

Bronny garnered a lot of attention as a high school player at Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles and in his senior year he was joined by his younger brother Bryce, who is 17 and may also play in the NBA one day.

Bronny suffered a heart attack last summer while training with the University of Southern California (USC) basketball team and was placed in intensive care.

He was allowed to return to the team in November and averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game playing as a guard in his only season with the Trojans.

There was speculation that another team with a higher pick might take Bronny before the Lakers, either to entice LeBron into changing teams or to disrupt the Lakers' plans.

But doing so would risk incurring the ire of Rich Paul, a powerful NBA agent who represents Bronny, LeBron and numerous top-tier players.

LeBron, the league's all-time leading scorer and a four-time champion, will turn 40 in December and enter the 22nd season of his illustrious career.

The Lakers, who lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs in April, will have to contend with a tough match in the competitive Western Conference next season, with first-time head coach JJ Redick at the helm of the team.

Fans can get their first look at Bronny playing for the Lakers when the NBA's Summer League kicks off on July 12 in Las Vegas.

Johnson wrote on X, “Watching Bronny play for the Lakers during Summer League in Vegas will be a must-see TV event!”




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