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Bronny James draft projection: LeBron James shows up at combine to watch son play in scrimmage

Bronny James draft projection: LeBron James shows up at combine to watch son play in scrimmage


USC freshman Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, is participating in the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, looking to raise his draft stock. On Day 2 of the combine, James spoke publicly for the first time since his season debut against Long Beach State on Dec. 10. 

“I would be happy about getting to the league instead of me thinking about playing with my dad,” Bronny said. “But, that’s not my mindset at all. I’m just trying to put in the work and see where it takes me.”

James participated in a scrimmage Tuesday and finished with four points, four rebounds, two steals and three turnovers. 

On Wednesday, LeBron showed up at WinTrust Arena to watch Bronny participate in a scrimmage at the combine.

While James isn’t projected as a first-round pick in the latest mock draft by CBS Sports, he helped his draft stock with a standout performance on the first day of the combine. James knocked down 19 of 25 3-pointers Monday in the 3-point star shooting drill, including 12 consecutive shots from behind the arc, after recording a 40.5-inch max vertical earlier in the day. 

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that James is expected to remain in the draft after the NBA’s Fitness to Play Panel reportedly medically cleared James from a cardiac arrest incident last summer. 

James will participate in all predraft activities, including this week’s NBA Draft Combine where he will receive a ton of attention. He is one of 78 players who were invited to participate in the NBA Draft Combine.

James announced last month that he was entering the NBA Draft and the transfer portal, but it appears his college career is over after just one season.

James had until May 29 — the withdrawal deadline set by the NCAA — to decide to remain in the draft or return for his sophomore season, but elected to make the decision early The NBA has a later withdrawal deadline (June 16) but the NCAA has its own set of rules that states the deadline is 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine ends. The 2024 NBA Draft is June 26-27. 

The Athletic reported last month that the Lakers are “open to the prospect” of drafting Bronny. The Lakers will have the 17th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, which could be conveyed to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade in 2019. Los Angeles holds its own second-round pick in this summer’s draft.

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