Bronny James loses the Los Angeles Lakers’ opening game in the NBA California Classic 2024

Bronny James, the son of NBA legend LeBron James, made his NBA debut for the Lakers, where the Lakers lost to Sacramento 108-94 in the NBA California Classic.

Just one month ago, the 19-year-old, who was selected 55th overall, began at point guard and scored four points on two of nine shots in 21 minutes of action.

Bronny James loses the Los Angeles Lakers’ opening game in the NBA California Classic 2024
Bronny James in frame. Photo Credit: AFP

The NBA great LeBron James’ 19-year-old son, Bronny James, scored four points in his unofficial Los Angeles Lakers debut on Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA California Classic. At the Chase Center in San Francisco, Sacramento defeated the Lakers 108-94 in a summer league game that served as a showcase for prospects and newcomers to start integrating into their respective teams’ offensive and defensive plans.

In the 40-minute game, James—who was selected 55th overall in the NBA Draft last month—started as a point guard and played 21 minutes and 43 seconds. He finished with four points on 2-of-9 shooting, 0 of 3 from 3-point range, and 0 of 2 from the free throw line.

The former guard for the University of Southern California also helped the Lakers with two steals, two assists, and two rebounds. James, who inked a four-year contract with the Lakers, will join his renowned parent as the first father-son team in NBA history.

Since he was in Las Vegas with the US Olympic team for their first practice before an exhibition match against Canada before they move to Europe ahead of the Paris Olympics, the elder James was unable to attend the game.

However, he found time in Vegas to view a video of his son making his first basket, and he later explained to reporters that Saturday’s game was just a part of their education.

“I just hope for (him to get) his feet wet in the NBA — the pace of the game, the speed of the game, the physicality of the game,” stated LeBron James.

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Regarding his performance in the California Classic and Summer League, it is irrelevant whether he performs well or poorly. All I want is for him to keep growing. practices, filming sessions, and personal exercise regimens.” After grabbing his first rebound in the opening 80 seconds of the game, Bronny James missed his first attempt at a shot six seconds later.

James did not receive a foul call. Early in the second quarter, he was called for a foul while blocking Xavier Sneed of Sacramento from making a 3-point shot. The Lakers contested the call, and the official decision was reversed after a video analysis. In the second quarter, Bronny James made his first theft with 6:25 remaining.

He tied the score at 31-31 with his first shot, a driving layup, with 5:51 left in the second quarter. Although he wasn’t expecting it in the Golden State Warriors’ arena, he was appreciative of the support from the audience.

James remarked, “It was more than I expected.” “I didn’t realize Golden State players would come and represent me, and it’s a significant game for me. It was pleasant to observe that.

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