Poor LeBron James. No sooner did he remind everyone of his basketball greatness by bringing an NBA championship to his home town than a report surfaced about the next rising hoops prodigy, a kid who just happens to live under James’s own roof.
Oh, the humanity.
This prodigy is LeBron James Jr., whose budding basketball skills have been shared on social media the past few years by his proud papa. James’s children are seen from time to time, and it was astonishing how much the kid called Bronny has grown of late. Maybe ordinary people are sleeping on this kid, but major colleges are not. According to an ESPN profile of James, LeBron Jr. already has gotten offers of scholarships from Duke and Kentucky.
Yes, he’s 11. Yes, he is already that good. Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst write of Bronny:
“He raised both arms, just as he did when he pinned [Andre] Iguodala’s would-be layup against the glass with his right arm, and his son, 11-year-old LeBron Jr., did the same [making it no wonder why he already has standing scholarship offers from both Duke and Kentucky, according to a source].”
LeBron has talked about Bronny’s offers before, and YouTube videos of Bronny have been watched millions of times. But LeBron Sr. has been critical of really, really early monitoring by college coaches, which is not prohibited by the NCAA.
“Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges,” James confirmed without naming names (via CBS Detroit) in 2015. “It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”
On Sunday night, LeBron Jr. got experience that is likely to come in handy one day, watching along with his brother and baby sister as Dad fielded questions from members of the media.
In four months, LeBron Jr. will turn 12. He’ll be only six years younger than his father was when he made his NBA debut.
“It’s crazy, he plays just like I did,” LeBron said, offering a scouting report in 2015. “He has great awareness and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”
As proud as he is of his son, James has said he is in no rush to see him grow up.
“My son is going to be a kid as long as he can be,” James said in 2015 (via ESPN). “That’s all he needs to worry about. He loves to play the game of basketball, he loves to play video games, he loves to do his homework. That’s all that matters. Everything else doesn’t matter. He loves his brother, his sister, his dad, his mom, his grandmom. Let him be a kid.”