When will LeBron James’ son Bronny make his USC debut after being cleared to play basketball following cardiac arrest?

LeBron James’ older son, 19-year-old Bronny James, has been highly projected by many to dominate the NBA after high school and perhaps surpass his father’s milestones. However, his time on the court was hindered due to a cardiac arrest.

There seems to be some good news as Bronny might be resuming his on-court duties again, according to a report. However, expectations are quite high to ascertain when the talented star will make his debut for USC.

When will Bronny James make his USC debut?

LeBron James earlier stated that Bronny would get a checkup, and if he is cleared he will practic, to return to the court this season, per Dave McMenamin of the ESPN. Recently, Shams Charania also reported, “Bronny James Jr. has been cleared to return to basketball and is expected to make his USC debut soon.”

LeBron James’ son Bronny James will make his USC debut after being cleared to play basketball following cardiac arrest sooner than expected
Bronny James Via Getty

On November 30, the family spokesperson for LeBron James released a statement, indicating that Bronny has received clearance from doctors and is expected to resume practice in the early week of December.

Furthermore, LeBron James commented on Bronny’s November 19 engagement during the team’s warm-up against Brown. The King revealed that Bronny was making significant progress toward a full recovery.

Per the recent LeBron family timeline, Bronny James is poised to return in mid-December. The young star could then be in line to face Long Beach State on 10 December 2023. Nevertheless, the Trojans will go against two more non-conference games after the 10 December game, before the Pac-12 tournament kicks off after Christmas.

Bronny’s teammate, Vincent Iwuchukwu, had also suffered a cardiac arrest on July 1, 2022, before his freshman year. Vincent then made a full recovery and debuted on January 12, 2023, against Colorado in a Pac-12 game. Upon Bronny’s return to USC, he will be joining a roster with Pac-12 title and national championship aspirations, along with this year’s No. 1 signee, Isaiah Collier, and returning super senior Boogie Ellis.

How did Bronny James suffer a cardiac arrest?

Bronny James, on 24 July 2023, suffered a devastating cardiac arrest, after an intense workout session. According to LeBron James’ family spokesperson, the comprehensive assessments by doctors discovered that the incident was fueled by a congenital heart defect, which can be treated, without keeping him away from basketball actions.

LeBron James’ son Bronny James will make his USC debut after being cleared to play basketball following cardiac arrest sooner than expected
Bronny James Via Getty

The family spokesperson reported, “Is an anatomically and functionally significant congenital heart defect which can and will be treated.” Also, the spokesperson had expressed confidence in the young star’s full recovery.

The spokesperson mentioned that additional updates would be provided on the situation and emphasized the family’s request for privacy. LeBron James family’s spokesperson added, “We are very confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future.”

Additionally, doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where Bronny was later admitted, applauded the swift attention that Bronny James received at the University when the incident occurred. Bronny, upon making his epic return to USC, will be hoping to continue his on-court dazzle, amidst his eligibility for the NBA come next year.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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