"Just having that support system behind you" — Bronny James on how he copes with getting extra attention from the media

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Bronny James recently shared that his siblings, parents, and friends form his core support system. He said their support has helped him handle the media attention and expectations surrounding him.

The son of NBA veteran LeBron James said the words in an interview with NBA TV reporter Andy Katz. He was asked what motivated him to deal with the attention before and after the health scare, and Bronny replied:

"Taking time to myself has been a really big part of why I get up every day and stay motivated to keep working. Also having that support system behind you... my siblings, my parents, my friends."

Bronny James declared for the NBA draft on April 5 and participated in the 2024 NBA Draft Combine last week in Chicago. He is looking forward to participating in the second round of the NBA Draft Combine.

Bronny collapsed due to cardiac arrest in July and underwent surgery. After missing the first eight games of the 2023-24 season, Bronny returned for his USC debut. LeBron James attended the match and gave his son a standing ovation. He shot the video as Bronny played for the first time after the surgery. Bronny played 25 games in the season and averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season.

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LeBron James expressed the desire to play with his son in the final phase of his career. Some think Bronny would be drafted solely because he's LeBron's son.

Many analysts have speculated that teams will be interested in roping in Bronny James for the sake of having LeBron James. But many have opined that Bronny's performance and height are not good enough to give him an NBA berth.

Veteran scouts are following the NBA Draft Combine. And they, too, are not much optimistic about Bronny's chances. Marc Spears of ESPN quoted one scout who preferred anonymity:

"He did some good things, but I still don't think he's ready for the NBA. He's on the shorter side, so he'll have to be elite on defense. You can see he has good vision, makes the right passes and takes good shots. But he will need more time. If the Lakers don't select him, I don't see anyone picking him in the Draft."

Another said that Bronny is not an NBA player nor is he close to being one. Many scouts believe that Bronny is overrated.

What do you think about the scrutiny of media and analysts about Bronny and the response of the USC star? Let us know in the comments.

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Edited by Glen Danquah
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