Bronny James: ‘I never thought about playing with my dad’

Bronny James may have to fight hard to be selected in the first round nba draft – If so – amid rumors he could join his father on a team to start the 2024-25 season.

James, who went into cardiac arrest during preseason workouts before his freshman season at USC, played in 25 games for the Trojans and averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

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Bronny James shoots free throws during the 2024 NBA basketball draft combine on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Lebron James He previously expressed that his dream was to play in the NBA with his son, but after the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, he said he had not “thought much lately” about his desire.

“My dream has always been to push myself, make a name for myself and obviously go to the NBA,” Bronny James said Tuesday. “I never thought about playing with my dad. But of course, he’s brought it up a few times.

“This is a serious business. I don’t think there would be any thought of, ‘I’m going to draft this kid just because I’m going to get his dad.’ I don’t think any GM would really allow that. I feel like I’ve put in the work and I’ll be selected not only because of the player I am, but because of the person I am.”

Bronny James at the NBA Scouting Combine

Bronny James attends the 2024 NBA Basketball Draft Combine in Chicago on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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bronnie james Attended the NBA Scouting Combine. His height was measured at 6 feet, 1.5 inches – despite being listed at 6 feet, 4 inches. at usc, He had a vertical jump of 40.5 inches.

“It’s a great thing for me to be grateful for everything,” he said. “I earned the opportunity. I’m extremely grateful for what I’ve been given.”

The Atlanta Hawks have the No. 1 pick in the draft right now, but most mock drafts have Bronny James as a second-round pick.

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Bronny James, #50, drives to the basket past left tackle Cam Spencer during the 2024 NBA Basketball Draft Combine on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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The draft will begin on June 26.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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