On Wednesday, Bryce James shared a touching photo of himself and his brother Bronny on his Instagram stories. The picture shows the two sons of LeBron James with their backs facing the camera, and a heart emoji can be seen in the post. Bryce and Bronny played together on the Sierra Canyon team last season, but Bryce has reportedly left the school following Bronny’s graduation. Bronny was hospitalized after suffering a cardiac arrest during practice at the University of Southern California on Monday. Medical staff treated him on site and transported him to a hospital where he was in stable condition on Tuesday, after leaving the ICU. The James family has requested privacy while they deal with this health issue, but they have expressed gratitude for the work of the USC medical and athletic staff.
The picture displays the backs of LeBron James’ two sons, without any caption except for a heart emoji added to the post.
Last season, the James brothers played together for Sierra Canyon in LA. However, it seems that Bryce has decided to leave the school after Bronny’s graduation.
The University of Southern California (USC) has declined to comment on Bronny James’ recent health scare, citing privacy concerns. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has also not commented on the matter. USC’s basketball team is currently preparing for a European tour next month, and James announced in May that he would play college basketball for the Trojans. Despite being the son of NBA legend LeBron James, Bronny has proven himself as a top point guard recruit. Sports figures such as Jayson Tatum and Trae Young have tweeted their support for him, while Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin expressed his solidarity after suffering a similar scare during an NFL game last season.
A number of ex-Los Angeles Lakers players, including Mychal Thompson and Magic Johnson, shared their reactions via various online platforms.
Bronny James, the son of NBA legend LeBron James, recently suffered a heart attack just over a year after USC basketball player Vincent Iwuchukwu collapsed during practice but recovered and returned to play for the team. While Dr. Sameer Amin, the chief medical officer at L.A. Care Health Plan, is not involved in Bronny’s treatment, he believes it’s a positive sign that the teenager has moved out of intensive care. According to Amin, this suggests that Bronny did not suffer significant brain or heart damage and that young people tend to recover more quickly from such incidents.
According to Amin, it is too early to speculate on whether Bronny James can return to basketball and how quickly he could recover. He explained that if the cardiac event occurred due to an uncommon blow to the chest, like in the case of Damar Hamlin, the outcome could be positive. However, if there is an underlying genetic problem or an electrical issue, it could be more challenging to get back on the playing field. Despite this uncertainty, Bronny has a top name, image, and likeness valuation in sports, estimated at $6.3 million by On3.com, thanks to his family fame and significant social media following. LeBron James has expressed his desire to play in the NBA with Bronny, his first child with wife. The elder James confirmed he would play his 21st NBA season in the fall with the Lakers, where he has played since 2018.
During a practice last year, Vincent Iwuchukwu of USC collapsed but made a remarkable comeback to the team. USC managed to retain Bronny, who goes by LeBron James Jr., by keeping him close to home, which was a significant win for them. Bronny was one of the top college prospects in the country last season and played as a star two-way guard at Sierra Canyon School. His younger brother, Bryce, played at Sierra Canyon before transferring to Campbell Hall School for the upcoming high school season. Iwuchukwu, who was one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects, went into cardiac arrest on July 1, 2022. The athletic trainers used an automated external defibrillator to revive him, and he had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator installed in his chest. Despite his condition, Iwuchukwu made his debut on Jan. 12 and appeared in 14 games, including five starts. USC is expected to have a powerhouse team this season.