LeBron James NBA prospect in due time

LeBron James NBA prospect in due time

LeBron James has scored 39,566 more NBA points and reared three more gorgeous children than I have. Not even with the playoffs factored in. He can therefore assert a higher level of personal expertise in these areas. All I’ve done in both cases is watch. However, one can also learn by listening and by observing….

LeBron James has scored 39,566 more NBA points and reared three more gorgeous children than I have. Not even with the playoffs factored in.

He can therefore assert a higher level of personal expertise in these areas. All I’ve done in both cases is watch. However, one can also learn by listening and by observing. Over the course of my forty years covering basketball, I have encountered many overbearing parents who have encouraged their sons to progress faster than the speed limit. And there’s no reason he should hang out with them after all that’s happened to LeBron’s son, Bronny.

LeBron may have been expressing his dissatisfaction with the Lakers‘ recent performance when he told The Guardian reporter Claire de Lune that his son “could play for us right now.” Simple. SIMPLE.

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Yet as of Wednesday night’s contest against Pac-12 Conference heavyweight Arizona, Bronny James had participated in nine collegiate games and scored 47 points. not for every game. Whole. He has made 23% of his threes and 35% of his field goal attempts. He has averaged eighteen minutes per game under head coach Andy Enfield, although the Trojans have only won three of those games.

Since taking over as head coach in 2014, Enfield has guided the Trojans to five out of nine NCAA Tournaments. He was the coach of the “Dunk City” Florida Gulf Coast squad, the first No. 15 seed to ever get that far in March Madness, as they upset Georgetown and San Diego State on route to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.

Considering USC’s unexpected difficulties—a losing record of 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference—wouldn’t a competent coach like Enfield be trying to extract the most potential from a player who was prepared to join the Lakers’ rotation “right now”?

The reason behind Bronny’s collegiate career starting slowly is understandable. After a terrifying incident in which he went into cardiac arrest during a team workout in late July, he underwent heart surgery in the summer. Although his congenital heart abnormality was found, it was thought to be curable.

After his recuperation period, Bronny returned to full practice with the Trojans in early December, and he played his first game on December 10 versus Long Beach State. He has scored in double figures in two games, with his finest performance coming in a victory over Oregon State with 15 points.

The 6-2, 170-pound guard Bronny has gone a total 0-for-14 from the field in his last three games without scoring a score. Whether by coincidence, those three performances came after his father declared he was prepared to play in the NBA. Against Colorado, a team that was vying for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, he started the last one and had his worst performance as a college student—going 0-for-7 from the field in 25 minutes. More so than Bronny’s recent play, the increase in minutes and addition to the starting lineup was due to an injury sustained by USC star Isaiah Collier.

Before retiring, LeBron has expressed an aspirational goal to play in the NBA with his son. At the NBA All-Star Game in February 2021, while Bronny was still sixteen, he made the statement. James acknowledged at that time It was a “long-term objective.”

Two years later, “right now” doesn’t seem like a long term solution.

And maybe a 2024 NBA Draft timeline would make sense if James had not experienced a cardiac crisis and if he was performing at a level comparable to the son of Jeff Sheppard, the 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Despite Reed Sheppard’s impressive performance of 12 points, 4 assists, and 54% 3-point shooting on average, there hasn’t been a huge declaration that Sheppard will have an easy time breaking into the Hawks’ starting lineup. Winning in the Southeastern Conference is still extremely difficult.

The best pure basketball prospect this country has ever produced was Bronny’s father. After his high school freshman year, the late scouting genius Tom Konchalski saw right through his potential. Upon witnessing LeBron following his sophomore season, I likened it to my elder sisters’ experiences watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. I had written, “Magic Johnson’s head on Michael Jordan’s body.”

In the 2023 recruiting class—one of the thinnest in the last thirty years—Bronny was widely regarded as the No. 17 prospect. He was ranked No. 26 by both 247 Sports and Rivals.

Bronny most likely needs an additional year of pre-NBA growth before he’s ready to compete for an NBA roster place other than a first-name basis, considering the skill work and conditioning time he missed throughout the previous summer and fall.

Even though LeBron James is eager to retire, he wants to see his son’s dream of playing beside him come true first. But what greater legacy could he leave behind than a kid who is prepared to compete in the league on his terms and according to his abilities?

Even though I’m not a parent, my father still lets me pursue the career I want, at my own speed.

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