July 15, 2024

LeBron-Bronny James Pairing Saluted by LaVine, More After Lakers’ Historic Draft Pick | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: USC Trojans guard Bronny James (6) gives his dad LeBron James a high five before the college basketball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on January 6, 2024 at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach J.J. Redick and general manager Rob Pelinka aren’t the only ones celebrating their decision to draft Bronny James with the No. 55 pick of the 2024 NBA draft.

NBA players joined in on congratulating LeBron and Bronny for getting the chance to become the first father-son duo in league history to play.

Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

Congratulations to Bronny James on being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers! This is a historic moment because LeBron and Bronny are the first father-son duo to play in the NBA at the same time and on the same team. Watching Bronny suit up for the @Lakers during Summer League in… pic.twitter.com/jGRbGiD0n6

The Lakers drafted James following his freshman season at USC, during which he recovered from offseason heart surgery to average 4.8 points through 25 games.

Professional athletes from the NBA and NFL chimed in to express support of the Lakers’ draft decision:

Chicago Bears EDGE Montez Sweat asked the question many fans were wondering:

The pick came after ESPN’s Bob Myers reported that James’ agent, Rich Paul, warned other teams not to draft the 19-year-old, seemingly with the goal of getting him to fall to the Lakers at No. 55.

Some athletes expressed support of Paul’s reported role in getting father and son on the same roster:

Jeffery Simmons @GrindSimmons94

Rich Paul & Bron is two bad mf working together! 💯

LeBron James has not yet made a decision on his $51.4 million player option for next season. But with Bronny headed to Los Angeles, and the Lakers reportedly willing to give the superstar a three-year maximum extension, it seems likely that the pair will get the chance to play together this fall.