“Nepotism is live”: Ex-NFL Star Offers Reality Check on LeBron James’ Son Bronny’s NBA Draft Projection

Published 04/14/2024, 1:15 PM EDT

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The legacy of one of basketball’s GOATs might be tarnished with the stains of nepotism, as per critics of the sport. The recent interest of Bronny James in the NBA has raised eyebrows among the fans, who don’t believe that the youngster is ready yet.

Bronny James, the USC Trojans’ guard, hasn’t had the best career in college basketball yet. He’s played only one season with the Trojans and averaged just 4.8 points per game. His best performance came against the Oregon State Beavers where he completed over 15 points. Now that he’s declared for the NBA Draft, in the hopes of playing next to his father, the experts are not too happy about it.

Keyshawn Johnson flags nepotism in Bronny-LeBron pairing


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On the latest episode of the ‘All Facts No Brakes’ show, host Keyshawn Johnson was discussing NCAA Basketball, Bronny James and Caitlin Clark. Later, he set his eyes on the controversial topic of the Lakers potentially drafting Lebron James’ son. The former wide receiver for the New York Jets didn’t seem to have an issue with the transfer but openly acknowledged the potential nepotism that could occur.


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Johnson said, “I think they should, number one, and I think they most likely would because I mean, he wants to play with his son and if he goes to the NBA Draft, what you gonna do, you gonna tell LeBron no? Nepotism is live and well in the NBA circles. He’s ready for what level in the NBA though? He’s never gonna be a star, he’s gonna be a role player.” Thus, it seems evident that the basketball world would erupt into a frenzy if both the James’ father-sun duo were to play together but the idea is yet to be welcomed by the fans in all its entirety. With all that said, here are LeBron James’ strong words, expressing his desire to have his son in the NBA.

Is LeBron waiting for his son to come to the NBA before retiring?

If you’re a basketball fan, you know that LeBron James is the oldest NBA active player in the system at 39. But every athlete’s worst enemy is time and age, both of which are drawing to a close for the 4-time championship winner. Recently, LeBron talked about retiring soon since he feels that old age is creeping up on him, but during one of his interviews in 2023, he hinted at the fact that he wants to see his son on the court with him before eventually hanging up his cape.


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He said, “I got to be on the floor with Bronny. Either in the same uniform or a matchup against him. I ask him what his aspirations are and he says he wants to play in the NBA. So if he wants to do it, he’s got to put in the work. I’m here already, so I’m just waiting on him.” Thus, the day doesn’t seem far that Bronny steps foot onto an NBA court but will he do it with a Lakers jersey or not, is the question.

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Jeevesh Singh


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Jeevesh Singh is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports.With a passion for the game's intricacies, his work focuses on the lives of NFL legends like Brady and Coach Prime, offering unique insights into their personalities and achievements. His writing style is characterized by a blend of analytical prowess and storytelling, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the NFL's most compelling narratives.
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