Bronny James, the 19-year-old son of LeBron James, made his college basketball debut on Sunday, less than five months after suffering cardiac arrest during practice.
With his famous father sitting in the stands and filming with his cell phone, Bronny James came off the bench in the first half of the game where the University of Southern California (USC) faced Long Beach State.
James played 16 minutes, where he scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, gave two assists, made two steals and one block, but could not prevent his team’s 84-79 loss in overtime.
James was medically cleared to return to basketball in November and returned to training with his USC teammates shortly after.
LeBron’s son, a highly regarded high school prospect who was closely watched because of his father, chose to play at USC in May.
But in training last July, he collapsed and was hospitalized for three days. His family revealed last August that he was diagnosed and treated with a congenital heart defect.
The Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles was packed and LeBron James was joined by his daughter Zhuri and his son Bryce, who plays basketball at Sierra Canyon High School.
Bronny James received a standing ovation when he came in with 12:58 left in the first half. He missed his only shot of the first half, but created a rumble with a block that evoked the moves of his famous father.
He scored his first points with a 3-pointer in the second half that once again brought the fans, including his father, to their feet.
On Thursday, LeBron said his son’s return to the court means “everything and more.”
“I can’t wait to see him run out there with his teammates,” LeBron said. “And then once he gets in the game, no matter what the situation is, it’s going to be a great moment for our family.”
Dwyane Wade, who with LeBron James won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat, highlighted the moment on X (old Twitter): “Seeing Bronny leave the court gave me chills”
“Welcome back to the game you love Bronny,” said Kevin Durant of the Phoenix Suns.