LeBron James has told his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates he will skip an upcoming game should it clash with his son Bronny’s college debut.
James Jnr suffered a cardiac arrest in July but is close to playing again – he will return to practice next week – and will likely make his USC Trojans bow some time in December.
If the Lakers happen to be playing on the same night then family will come first for four-time NBA MVP James.
Speaking after the Lakers’ 133-110 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, James said: “Whenever he’s cleared and ready to have his first game, I already told my team-mates that if they play on the same day we’re playing, I’m going to have to catch them the next game.
“Family over everything. I’ve definitely got to see Bronny’s first game whenever he’s cleared and ready to go.”
It has been a long road back for 19-year-old Bronny and James couldn’t hide his pride at seeing his son nearing a return to the court.
He added: “Big-time excitement from our family for Bronny. And for USC, as well. It’s something that he’s been working towards for the last 12 weeks.
“And for him to get the clearance to do what he loves to do and go back to being with his team-mates and put on a uniform and things of that nature, it’s pretty gratifying for sure.”