April 15, 2024

LeBron James: Bronny has ‘tough decisions to make’ amid transfer speculation, USC coaching change

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said Bronny has “some tough decisions to make” regarding his 19-year-old son’s future at USC.

“At the end of the day, Bronny’s his own man,” LeBron said Tuesday, after the Lakers’ win over the Raptors in Toronto, when asked about Bronny and the transfer portal.

“He has some tough decisions to make, and when he’s ready to make those decisions, he’ll let us all know. But as his family, we’re going to support whatever he does.”

Questions about Bronny’s future have picked up this week after his coach at USC, Andy Enfield, left for the head-coaching vacancy at SMU on Monday. Bronny has not announced his intentions for next season.

He averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25 games this season, including six starts. The Trojans went 15-18 and 8-12 in the Pac-12.

Under Enfield, USC made five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Trojans went to the Elite Eight in 2021, the furthest the program had advanced since 2001, but last season ended a run of four straight years winning more than 20 games.

Bronny — a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard — returned to the court after suffering a cardiac arrest last summer, when he collapsed during a team workout in July, likely due to a congenital heart defect, according to a James family spokesperson.

LeBron has repeatedly expressed his desire to play in the NBA with his son before his Hall of Fame career ends. He didn’t comment further on Bronny’s future Tuesday.

On Sunday, he discussed his own future, saying he’s not sure when he’s retiring but it’s approaching soon.

“Not very long,” James said when asked how long he plans to continue playing in the NBA. “Not very long. I’m on the other side, obviously, of the hill. I’m not gonna play another 21 years, that’s for damn sure. But not very long. I don’t know when that door will close as far as when I’ll retire. But I don’t have much time left.”

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