Lakers’ LeBron James ‘Emotional as Hell’ Reflecting on Bronny, Bryce’s Journeys

Tyler LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 26, 2024

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 07: Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, and his wife Savannah James, great their son Bronny James #6 of the USC Trojans after their overtime loss against the California Golden Bears in the first half at Haas Pavilion on February 07, 2024 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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As LeBron James’ eldest son prepares to be selected in the 2024 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers star reflected on his journey raising his sons Bronny and Bryce.

“Not a feeling in the fkn world better than being around raising my boys to MEN! Pops over here getting emotional as hell just thinking about yall journey so far! Thank you both for allowing me to be your DAD and be apart of your compass through life’s trials and tribulations!” James wrote on Instagram.

Bronny James is expected to be taken in the second round on Thursday, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns being heavily linked to the USC guard. Bryce James is considered a 3-star recruit in the 2025 high school class by 247Sports and has offers from Duquesne and Ohio State.

Assuming Bronny James is drafted, he will be the first son of an active player on an NBA roster. Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. are the last father-son duo in professional sports to play at the same time; the baseball stars were teammates on the Seattle Mariners in 1990.

Hockey legend Gordie Howe played with his sons Mark and Marty for the Hartford Whalers as well.

Given the timing around the draft, it would make sense that James would feel a full-circle sense of accomplishment. The Lakers drafting Bronny would fulfill LeBron’s longtime desire to finish his career playing alongside his son, though agent Rich Paul said that has become less of a priority.

At the very least, we’re set for a momentous accomplishment for the James family.

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