On Sunday afternoon, Bronny James warmed up with his team for the first time. While Bronny did not play against Brown University, his warm-up performance at USC was still a massive step forward. USC has not yet decided when Bronny will be able to play for the season, but he is expected to do so soon.
It’s been several months since Bronny’s congenital heart defect diagnosis. Since then, the James family has informed fans of the 19-year-old’s condition and plans for the future. Savannah and LeBron revealed that their eldest son is working carefully to return to the court soon. They also revealed that the condition wasn’t expected to threaten his career. The USC Trojans fans hope Bronny will play this season before he leaves for the NBA next year.
“It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated,” Dr. Merije Chukumerije said. “We are very confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future. We will continue to provide updates to media and respectfully reiterate the family’s request for privacy.”
James was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after he collapsed during basketball practice at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center on July 24. The 18-year-old was released three days later and seen dining out with his family the following evening. According to The Associated Press, doctors at the Mayo Clinic and Atlantic Health-Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey examined him.
Bronny James is among the top college athletes with NIL deals despite never playing a college game. The young player was named On3’s NIL 100 top NIL earner in March. Closing out his high school career, Bronny ranked as the top NIL earner with an estimated $7.2 million in earnings.