USC’s freshman guard, Bronny James, son of NBA superstar LeBron James, is on the road to recovery and poised to make a comeback to the basketball court after experiencing a cardiac arrest during a workout session in July. A family spokesperson issued a statement confirming that Bronny’s return is imminent.
The likely trigger for Bronny James’ cardiac arrest was attributed to a congenital heart defect, which was discovered following assessments at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, as well as subsequent evaluations at the Mayo Clinic and the Atlantic Health-Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. Congenital heart defects are anomalies in the heart’s structure present from birth, arising from irregular development of the heart or nearby blood vessels.
“It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated,” stated the family spokesperson, emphasizing their strong confidence in Bronny’s complete recovery and swift return to the basketball court. The family has expressed their desire for privacy while assuring media updates will continue to be provided.
Bronny James was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, just three days after the alarming incident on July 24, which occurred at USC’s Galen Center.
This ordeal unfolded almost a year after Trojans center Vincent Iwuchukwu faced a similar situation when he collapsed during a workout due to a heart ailment last summer. Iwuchukwu made a remarkable return to the court in January, playing in 14 games as a freshman.
Bronny James, a highly-touted five-star prospect, joined USC in May with the anticipation of becoming a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft. There was even speculation about the possibility of him playing alongside his father, LeBron James, at the professional level.
USC, bolstered by the addition of Bronny James, is poised to contend for a Pac-12 championship and secure a berth in the NCAA tournament. The team also boasts the return of seasoned player Boogie Ellis and the addition of Isaiah Collier, ESPN’s No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class.