He’s still not ready to make his debut with the Trojans, but Bronny James got to warm up with his teammates for the first time on Sunday afternoon — which marks yet another milestone in his return after he experienced cardiac arrest earlier this summer.
Bronny, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, was with No. 16 USC and warmed up normally before their 81-70 win over Brown on Sunday at the Galen Center.
"It was great. He went through warmups with the team. He's a big part of our program and our team. He's a terrific teammate," USC coach Andy Enfield said, via The Associated Press. "We look forward to hopefully one day getting him back on the court but when that day is, that's not my decision. We're going to be patient and go through the process."
Bronny experienced cardiac arrest during a workout with USC earlier this summer. He was rushed to the hospital and was in the ICU, but was released three days later. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and underwent surgery after the incident. He's been recovering ever since.
LeBron said earlier this month that Bronny was scheduled for a check up at the end of the month. If he's cleared there, LeBron said, Bronny will start practicing with the intent to play for the Trojans this season. Specifics regarding such a timeline are not known.
Bronny was a four-star Rivals.com recruit coming out of high school, and he received offers from Oregon, Ohio State, Memphis and others. He’s been with the team in his recovery and has worked out with them privately, but Sunday was the first time he warmed up with the team ahead of a game.
USC got past Brown behind 28 points from Boogie Ellis on Sunday night in yet another tight home game for the Trojans. Freshman Isaiah Collier added 24 points in the win, too, and Kobe Johnson added 14 points. USC shot 12-of-24 from the 3-point line, half of which belonged to Ellis. The win came on the heels of a rough 10-point loss to UC Irvine on Tuesday night.
The Trojans will take on Seton Hall at the Rady’s Children’s Invitational tournament in San Diego on Thanksgiving, where either Iowa or Oklahoma will be waiting for them on Friday.