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REPORT: Bronny James Is Already Injured After Just One Summer League Game With The Lakers

Over the weekend, the California Classic Summer League allowed Los Angeles Lakers fans to get a look at LeBron James’ son, Bronny James. As a rookie, Bronny had a challenging start on the court. Adding to the disappointment, he didn’t play in Sunday’s game due to swelling in his left knee.

Bronny James’ Lakers debut wasn’t quite the fairytale Lakers fans hoped for. He played 21 minutes in their loss to the Kings but only scored 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. His shooting wasn’t on fire either, going 2 for 9 from the field. This led to some criticism from fans, but Bronny’s coach, Dane Johnson, jumped to his defense. 

Unfortunately, Bronny’s chance to bounce back on Sunday was cut short by a minor knee injury. Fans will have to wait a bit longer to see him perform again since he sat out the game. Lakers reporter Mike Trudell revealed Bronny’s injury on Sunday afternoon. In his report, he noted, “Bronny James has some trace swelling in his left knee, and will be held out of today’s second day of a back-to-back for precautionary reasons. He’s expected to play in Wednesday’s final California Classic game vs. Miami.”

It seems like the injury is not serious. Bronny’s expected to be back on Wednesday for the Lakers’ final Summer League game against Miami. He deserves to show off his real skills again, so let’s hope his knee feels better soon.

LeBron Stands by Bronny James Amidst Criticism

Bronny James is learning that living in the shadow of a legend like LeBron James can be tough. Fans were superhyped for Bronny’s Lakers debut but after the first game with some rough plays, the young man faced a wave of criticism. LeBron initially suggested he was lowering his expectations for his son, but the NBA fans were not so forgiving.  The intense criticism prompted daddy James to step in and defend his son, showcasing his full support in the face of the backlash. 

He passionately defended his son’s early struggles with the Los Angeles Lakers by stating, “Just imagine if you were a kid, you were born into a situation where your dad was super famous, super wealthy and you the kid still had the drive to want to be able to accomplish things for yourself….People don’t understand how hard that is and the commitment for him to be coming out of heart surgery less than a year ago, for him to be able to be in the NBA, the kid, he’s special.”