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Bronny James, son of LeBron, in stable condition after cardiac arrest at USC basketball practice


Bronny James, the eldest son of NBA superstar LeBron James, was hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest while attending practice at the University of Southern California, a family spokesperson said Tuesday.

The spokesperson said medical staff treated James, 18, onsite at USC’s Galen Center on Monday morning. He was taken to hospital, where he was in stable condition on Tuesday after being discharged from the intensive care unit.

“We ask for the respect and privacy of the James family and will update the media when there is more information,” the spokesperson said. “LeBron and Savannah want to publicly extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to the medical and athletic staff at USC for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes.”

USC spokesman Jeremy Pepper declined a request from The Associated Press for comment or additional details, citing student privacy concerns. The AP also left a message seeking comment from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an NFL game last season, tweeted his support: “Prayers to Bronny and the James family as well (prayer emoji) here for you guys just like you have been for me through my process.”

Bronny James announced in May that he would play college basketball for the Trojans, whose campus is less than two miles from the downtown arena of his father’s Los Angeles Lakers. The USC basketball team is holding off-season practices in preparation for a two-week European tour next month.

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His father is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and four-time champion, but Bronny James is an elite talent in his own right, ranking among the nation’s top point guard recruits before picking the Trojans late in the signing cycle.

With his family fame and huge social media following, Bronny James has the highest name, image and likeness valuation in sports at $6.3 million, according to On3.com estimates.

Bronny’s decision to stay close to home was a blow to USC, which should have one of the most compelling teams in college basketball next season after making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance last March.

LeBron James has often spoken of his desire to play a season in the NBA with Bronny, the first of his three children with his wife, Savannah. The elder James recently confirmed he will play his 21st NBA season in the fall with the Lakers, his home since 2018.

Bronny, whose name is LeBron James Jr., was one of the nation’s top college prospects last season as a star guard at Sierra Canyon School in suburban Chatsworth. His younger brother, Bryce, 16, played at Sierra Canyon last season before transferring to Campbell Hall School in Studio City for the next high school season.

Bronny James was stricken just over a year after USC freshman Vincent Iwuchukwu collapsed during practice, but he survived and returned to play for the Trojans in the second half of the season.

Iwuchukwu, one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects a year ago, went into cardiac arrest on July 1, 2022, with athletic trainers using an automated external defibrillator to resuscitate him. Iwuchukwu had a battery-powered pulse generator known as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted in his chest, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Iwuchukwu made his debut for the Trojans on January 12 and went on to play 14 games, including five starts. He will return this season to USC, which should have a strong team.

AP sportswriters Eric Olson and Tom Withers contributed to this report.


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