After the cardiac arrest of LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, during his participation in a practice session at Southern California University, he was admitted to the hospital in stable condition on Tuesday, one day after the incident, according to a family spokesperson.
The medical staff at USC’s Galen Center treated the 18-year-old James on Monday morning after the cardiac arrest. He was taken to the hospital, and his condition stabilized after receiving intensive medical care.
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“We ask for privacy and respect for the James family,” the official added. “We’ll update the media when new information becomes available. LeBron and (his wife) Savannah extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the USC Medical and Athletic staff for their unwavering support and dedication to their athletes’ safety.”
Jeremy Paper, USC’s spokesperson, declined Associated Press’ request for comments or additional details, citing concerns about student privacy. Additionally, they left a note asking the Los Angeles County Fire Department for comment.
Bronny James said in May that he would play basketball in college for the Trojans, a team whose campus is only a few miles from the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that his father owns.
USC’s basketball team is currently preparing for a two-week European tour next month.
While his father LeBron James is a dominant scorer and four-time champion in the NBA’s history, Bronny James has carved his own path, establishing himself as a prominent point guard before choosing the Trojans at the end of the recruiting process.
During an NFL game last season, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin had a cardiac arrest. He tweeted his support for Bronny and the James family, writing, “Prayers for Bronny and the James family (prayer emoji) You all have been for me in my process the same way.”
Additionally, a lot of well-known sports figures from all over the world sent encouraging words. Prayers for James were tweeted by people like Jason Tatum, Trey Young, and Donovan Mitchell, and former Lakers forward Metta Sandiford-Artest added, “Prayers for Bronny. What a wonderful young person. Young fella, make a strong recovery. Feel and perform better.”
Dr. Samir Amin, a cardiovascular specialist, and chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, is not treating Bronny James but stated that the young athlete’s outlook seems positive. He mentioned that rapid recovery is common in cases where the heart quickly returns to normal functioning after stopping. Additionally, young people often bounce back rapidly after such incidents. Amin explained that Bronny has already been discharged from the ICU, which is a positive sign.
Regarding Bronny’s potential return to basketball, Amin emphasized that it would be premature to make assumptions and urged against jumping to conclusions. If the cardiac event is due to an atypical cardiac injury, as happened in Damar Hamlin’s case, the outcomes can be positive since such incidents are rare and unusual. However, for individuals with underlying genetic or electrical issues, returning to the playing field might be more challenging.
Bronny James is well-known for his family fame and vast social media following, with a sports value estimation of $6.3 million. LeBron James has often discussed his desire to play one season alongside his son in the NBA, which would be a milestone, considering he will have his 21st NBA season since 2018 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The decision to stay close to home was a significant shift for USC, which hopes to be among the most attractive teams in college basketball next season after consistently making it to the NCAA Tournament in March. Bronny, whose full name is LeBron James Jr., was one of the top college prospects in the country last season while playing at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth. Bryce, his younger brother, who is 16 years old, participated in sports at Sierra Canyon the previous year before switching to Campbell Hall School for the coming high school season.
On July 1, 2022, Efe Abogidi, a different prospective elite college basketball player, experienced a heart attack.
He was revived by athletic trainers using an automatic external defibrillator. On January 12, Abogidi made his Trojan debut. He went on to play in 14 games, including five starts. This year, he plans to return to USC in the hopes of playing for a dominant squad.
“We request respect and privacy for the James family, and we will update the media as more information becomes available,” the family representative said. LeBron and (his wife) Savannah want to extend their deep gratitude and appreciation to USC Medical and Athletic staff for their incredible work and dedication in ensuring the safety of their athletes.”
USC spokesperson Jeremy Pepper declined to comment further on Bronny’s health concerns, citing student privacy concerns, and also rejected the Associated Press’ request for additional details. Additionally, a message was left asking the Los Angeles County Fire Department for comment.
Bronny James had announced his commitment to play college basketball for the Trojans in May. USC’s campus is located less than two miles away from his father’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Next month, the USC basketball team will go to Europe for two weeks.
Although he is the son of NBA superstar LeBron James, Bronny has shown his unique talent, establishing himself as one of the top point guards in the country before choosing USC at the end of the recruiting cycle. He had a standout career at Sierra Canyon School in the previous season.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who himself had dealt with a cardiac arrest during an NFL game last season, tweeted his support, saying, “Prayers for Bronny and the James family (prayer emoji) you guys have been through it with me in my whole process.”
Messages of support also poured in from sports figures around the world. NBA stars Jason Tatum, Trae Young, and Donovan Mitchell were among those who tweeted their prayers for Bronny, while former Lakers forward Metta Sandiford-Artest wrote, “Prayers for Bronny. Such a great kid. Come back stronger, young fellow. Be better and feel better.”
Dr. Samir Amin, a specialist in cardiovascular diseases and Chief Medical Officer at L.A. Care Health Plan, commented on Bronny’s condition, stating that it is positive news that he did not suffer significant brain or heart damage if the cardiac arrest resulted from an unusual blow to the chest like Damar Hamlin’s case. He added that, in general, a swift bounce-back is common when someone’s heart stops and then is quickly revived. This is particularly true for young individuals, as they tend to recover rapidly.
However, Dr. Amin also cautioned against rushing to conclusions regarding Bronny’s return to basketball or how soon that might happen. If the cardiac incident was due to an underlying genetic or electrical issue, bringing him back to the basketball court might be more challenging.
Bronny James, with his immense popularity and a large following on social media, holds significant value and reputation in the world of sports, with an estimated net worth of $6.3 million.
LeBron James has expressed his desire to play one season alongside Bronny in the NBA, which would be his first opportunity to do so with his household Lakers team, and his wife would be keen to see their firstborn take the court alongside his father.
The decision for Bronny to stay close to home and attend USC was a game-changer for the Trojans, as they hope to have one of the most attractive teams in college basketball next season, after making it to the Sweet 16 in consecutive NCAA tournaments for the first time in March.
Bronny, whose full name is LeBron James Jr., was a standout two-way player at Sierra Canyon School and was regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation last season. Bryce, his 16-year-old younger brother, played at Sierra Canyon during the previous high school season before switching to Campbell Hall School.
While we await further updates on Bronny’s health, the entire sports community continues to send their thoughts, prayers, and best wishes for his speedy recovery. LeBron James’ family, friends, and fans are united in hoping to see young Bronny back on the basketball court soon, doing what he loves best and making his mark in the world of sports, just like his father did.