USC basketball recruit Bronny James, the older son of NBA superstar LeBron James, has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, but should fully recover from his cardiac arrest last month according to a statement released by his family on Friday.
Bronny, 18, suffered a cardiac arrest during a workout at the University of Southern California basketball facilities and was later hospitalized. Because of the attack’s suddenness and the mystery surrounding it, some fans immediately speculated on whether or not it would affect the younger James’ basketball future. However, he was discharged a few days later to recover at home. Now, LeBron James and his family have put forth a statement regarding the incident, Bronny’s current health status, and his future.
“It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated,” the family statement said. The family is “very confident” in a full recovery and a “return to basketball in the very near future.”
“We will continue to provide updates to media and respectfully reiterate the family’s request for privacy.”
LeBron James has long stated that he would like to stay in the NBA long enough to play alongside Bronny, who is expected to leave USC early for the NBA Draft.
Much like the elder James, who famously made the leap from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio, to the pros, back when high school players were still allowed to skip college and go directly to the draft.
Since being drafted first overall in 20023, Lebron James has gone on to become one of the greatest players of all time, and the NBA’s leading scorer with a career total of 38,653 points. He passed the legendary Kareem Abdul Jabbar last season to grab the record mark.
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