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  • Myla Roundy

Legacy Played a Huge Role in the NBA Draft: LeBron James' Son, 'Bronny' Joins the Lakers. "My last year will be played with my son." -LeBron James

Photo. The Lakers/Instagram

In the sports world, few names accrue universal buzz. This year, LeBron James Junior, "Bronny," is getting plenty of conversation as the Los Angeles Lakers' No. 55 draft pick. In the 2024 NBA draft, there were only 58 picks, and some ask why a player at the bottom of the ranks are receiving all of the publicity? 

Well, Bronny James is the first son and namesake of NBA legend LeBron James and is making history with his father. The NBA has officially recognized them as "the first father and son duo to be in the NBA at the same time." What makes this case extra special is that they will also be playing on the same team, the Lakers.

A young Bronny and LeBron!

There are a variety of opinions circulating about Bronny being drafted to the NBA after only one season at USC. X user Joe Pompliano said, "The best LeBron stat of all time might be that this kid just got drafted to the NBA while LeBron is still averaging just as many points, assists, and rebounds per game as he did [...] 17 years ago." There are also many comments on social media about how James' draft was simply due to nepotism. Yet, ESPN's NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski feels the NBA is full of "nepotism," and situations like this are nothing new.

Photo/LeBron James/Instagram

For some fans, Bronny joining the Lakers is exciting because it could mean LeBron will have more of an incentive to prolong his retirement. Earlier in the year, King James said he doesn't know when he will retire, but it will be sooner than later.

King James has also talked about wanting to share the court with his son, and now that this may be a plausible experience for the upcoming season, there is a lot to anticipate! According to Yahoo Sports, James said, "My last year will be played with my son." LeBron continued, "Wherever Bronny is at, that's where I'll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It's not about the money at that point."

Right now, it’s a waiting game to see what happens next with the newly drafted Laker and his legend of a father.

Stay tuned...

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