LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. is basketball royalty, as the son and namesake of “King James,” LeBron James Sr. — a four-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion who’s constantly mentioned in debates over the “G.O.A.T.” (Greatest of All-Time). But LeBron Jr., better known as Bronny who stands around 5’10” tall, is making a name for himself these days. Here are a few fun facts to know about the rising eighth grader whose dad joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
1. Is the oldest of LeBron James Sr.’s three children
LeBron Raymone James Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 6, 2004, as the son of LeBron Sr. and his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson, who met while attending St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. When Bronny was born, LeBron Sr. was a 19-year-old reigning NBA Rookie of the Year entering his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fast forward 14 All-Star appearances and LeBron Sr. has three children with Savannah James. The 13-year-old Bronny has two younger siblings — an 11-year-old brother, Bryce (born 2007), and four-year sister, Zhuri (born 2014).
2. Godfather is Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul
Not only does Bronny have a famous father, but he has a future Hall of Fame godfather in nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul. King James and CP3 both played in the 2003 McDonald’s All-American game as high school seniors and were also gold-medal-winning teammates for USA Basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. (They’re also two members of the famed “Banana Boat” crew that also includes Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.) Paul is a fan of Bronny, who put on a passing clinic at the 2018 John Lucas All-Star Weekend with CP3 in attendance.
3. Will attend Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif.
Fittingly, Bronny James Jr. will attend Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif., whose alumni reads as a who’s who of rich and famous (and their children) — including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Michael Bay, Liv Tyler, Brody Jenner, Jonah Hill, Zooey Deschanel, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya Rudolph and Jack Black. Although California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules prohibit an eighth-grade Bronny from playing varsity high school basketball, he is expected to contribute as a freshman in 2019-20 and build on the rich basketball legacy of alumni such as Baron Davis and Shareef O’Neal (Shaq’s son).
4. Won USBA National Championship with AAU team
This summer, Bronny made a splash on the court by leading his AAU team, the North Coast Blue Chips, to a national championship at the United States Basketball Association Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. James Jr. set the internet on fire by dunking in layup lines, but it was his in-game impact — notably his 3-point shooting, slick ball handling and savvy passing — that stole the show. Well, that and his dad cheering on from the stands.
5. Already has rumored offers from Duke and Kentucky
College basketball recruiting starts younger and younger. Bronny reportedly has wink-and-nod scholarship offers from blue blood programs such as Duke and Kentucky. LeBron Jr. took an unofficial visit to Duke, along with his brother Bryce and their North Coast Blue Chips teammates. They toured Cameron Indoor Stadium and Duke’s practice facility, the K Center. Incoming Duke freshman Zion Williamson entertained the group of mostly seventh graders and was joined by fellow incoming Duke freshman R.J. Barrett, the favorite to go No. 1 in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Bronny’s dad played for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski with Team USA and is also friends with Kentucky coach John Calipari. One thing is certain, recruiting LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. will be competitive. But if the NBA abolishes its “one-and-done” rule, maybe Bronny could jump directly to the NBA? At the start of the 2023 season, Bronny will be 18 and his old man will be 37. Hey, it could happen… That’s the dream, at least.