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LeBron James’ son Bronny is “doing very well” after suffering a cardiac arrest and is aiming to play this season

LeBron James’ son Bronny is “doing very well” after suffering a cardiac arrest and is aiming to play this season

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LeBron James says Bronny aims to play basketball again this season.


LeBron James And his son says Bronnie Jamesis “doing very well” after undergoing “successful surgery” following his cardiac arrest in July — and is even aiming to “get back on the floor this season” for USC.

The 18-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during basketball practice at USC and was taken to hospital, before being diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. His family said he should make a full recovery.

“Bronny is doing very well,” James told reporters at the Los Angeles Lakers’ media day. “He has begun the rehab process to get back on the floor this season with his teammates and USC.

“[After] His successful surgery…he’s on the up. It’s definitely a whirlwind and a lot of emotions for our family this summer, but the best thing we have is each other.

“We have stuck together and given Bronny strength throughout the entire process, and we are thrilled to see where he is today. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”

As he enters his 21st year in the NBA and searches for his fifth title, James said he intends to dedicate next season to his son.

Bronny is widely considered a first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, and James has previously spoken about his desire to play alongside his son in the NBA.

The 19-time All Star went on to praise USC’s coaching staff and medical staff for how they handled his son’s cardiac arrest, as well as people at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, where Rooney was treated.

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“Nothing else matters besides my family,” James said. “Obviously I will dedicate this season to Bronny because of the accident that happened this summer and I know it puts everything into perspective.

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LeBron James was speaking at media day ahead of his 21st NBA season.

“No matter what’s going on in your life at the time, the only thing that matters is your family. So, to know what he’s been through over the past few months, it’s been a lot.”

“I can only imagine what it was like for him because it was a lot for me, it was a lot for our family. But the man above definitely gave us a lot of strength and gave Bronny the strength to get back up.”

James was also asked if this season would be his last in the NBA. He replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know.”

When asked if he could expand on his answer, James replied: “No, I can’t because I don’t know. I’m happy now.”

“I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the start of training camp, but I don’t know what the end of this road looks like, or the end of the season. I have no idea.”

However, LeBron has expressed his desire to play for Team USA at next summer’s Olympics in Paris, where he could win his third gold medal.

“I’ll see how I feel at the end of this season, but with the players we have here that I can think of who can fill out that roster, I don’t think it will be very good.” A lot of material losses. “I won’t have to do much,” the 38-year-old said with a smile.

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“I mean, rebounding a little bit, passing a little bit, defending, blocking some shots, you know. But we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”