Basketball: Bronny James, son of NBA great LeBron James, declares for NBA draft

LeBron James with son Bronny.
LeBron James with son Bronny. Photo credit: Getty Images

Bronny James, the son of NBA great LeBron James, has announced he is entering the 2024 NBA Draft, opening the door for the pair to become the first father-and-son duo to play in the NBA at the same time.   

James, 19, recently completed his first year at the University of Southern California.   

He was expected to have a considerable impact on the court, however, after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest episode in July, he went on to average just 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19 minutes a game.  

In a unique move, James announced he will also maintain his college eligibility and enter the transform portal, meaning he will play for a different college program if he doesn't get drafted.   

"I've had a year with some ups and downs but all added to growth for me as a man, student and athlete," Bronny said in an Instagram post.  

"I've made the decision to enter the NBA Draft while maintaining my college eligibility, and will also be entering the NCAA transfer portal.  

"Thank you to USC for an amazing Freshman year, and as always thankful for my family, friends, doctors, athletic trainers and fans for their support." 

Lebron James and Bronny James talk during a game.
Lebron James and Bronny James talk during a game. Photo credit: Getty Images

His father LeBron, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has often expressed interest in one day playing alongside his son in the NBA.   

"I need to be on the floor with my boy, I got to be on the floor with Bronny... either in the same uniform or a matchup against him," Lebron told Bleacher Report in January 2023.   

LeBron, 39, is a four-time NBA champion and last month became the first NBA player to score 40,000 career points.  

Playing in his 21st NBA season, the four-time League MVP recently opened up about the end of his professional career.  

After leading the Lakers to a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, LeBron told reporters "Not very long", when asked how much longer he plans to play.  

"I'm on the other side, obviously, of the hill. So I'm not going to play another 21 years, that's for damn sure. But not very long. I don't know what or when that door will close as far as when I retire, but I don't have much time left."  

The timing of Bronny's announcement could also allude to the fact LeBron only plans on playing one or two more NBA seasons.   

The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26-27 in New York.