After practicing with his Trojans teammates multiple times this week, Bronny James has been cleared to make his collegiate debut and will be available on Sunday for USC vs. Long Beach State, writes Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
A freshman guard, Bronny is the son of Lakers superstar LeBron James and had been considered a possible lottery pick in the 2024 NBA draft before suffering cardiac arrest in July. Less than five months after that health incident, he’s poised to return to the court.
According to USC head coach Andy Enfield, Bronny will come off the bench and will be on a minutes limit.
“It’s just going to be a feel for how the game’s going, how he’s playing, how he feels physically,” Enfield said last week. “[Sunday will] be very emotional for him as well as his teammates. But as the game progresses, I think he’ll settle in, and we’ll just play it half by half and see where he is.”
Here are more odds and ends from around the basketball world:
- Within a larger conversation about his induction into the University of Washington’s Husky Hall of Fame, veteran guard Isaiah Thomas tells Mat Issa of Forbes that he’s still hoping to make an NBA comeback. “I’m still trying to play the game of basketball. I want to get back to the NBA,” Thomas said. “So, I’m still working out and staying ready.”
- With the NBA considering potential tweaks to the in-season tournament for 2024, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports that the league only had a one-year agreement with Las Vegas, so there’s no guarantee the final four will be played at T-Mobile Arena again next year. That said, the NBA is obviously fond of the market and players seemed enthusiastic about the idea of traveling to Vegas for the IST semifinals and final.
- On the subject of Las Vegas, Chris Mannix of SI.com argues that NBA expansion to Sin City is inevitable, writing that it’s a matter of “when” rather than “if.”
- Former NBA guard Shaun Livingston has joined the National Basketball Players Association in a player engagement role, according to Amick (Twitter link). Livingston and Andre Iguodala, the NBPA’s new acting executive director, were teammates for several years in Golden State.