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Major health update on Bronny James

Published May 13, 2024 at 10:23
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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Nine months after suffering a cardiac arrest and undergoing surgery for a congenital heart defect, USC's Bronny James has received the green light from the NBA's Fitness to Play Panel, ESPN sources reveal. The panel's trio of doctors has given him the thumbs-up, paving his way to participate in this week's crucial pre-draft combine. It's here that James will showcase his capabilities in 5-on-5 scrimmages starting Tuesday, aiming to bounce back after a freshman season at USC that didn't quite meet expectations.

The son of NBA legend LeBron James, Bronny struggled with his health last season, which visibly impacted his performance — averaging just 4.8 points and less than three rebounds and assists per game. Yet, this clearance marks a pivotal recovery step and offers him a chance to shift NBA executives' perspectives on his professional potential.

The upcoming combine at Wintrust Arena in Chicago is more than just a formality; it's a significant stage for all prospects to enhance their draft stock through various drills and interviews. Bronny's participation is particularly poignant. It could either cement his place in the upcoming draft or lead him back to college basketball, where he remains eligible and has expressed interest in exploring transfer options.

His agent, Rich Paul, emphasizes the importance of the right team over a high draft pick for a young player's development. This philosophy could influence Bronny's decision as the May 29 deadline approaches to either stay in the draft or return to college, signaling a strategic approach to his nascent basketball career.


Source ESPN: Bronny James medically cleared to play in NBA, sources say
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