Bronny James is putting a show at Sierra Canyon High. As a 6-2 guard with handles, athleticism, and impressive shooting, he seems to be taking after his father in a lot of ways.
But even LeBron himself couldn't admit to losing to his son on the basketball court -- at least, not yet.
The moment occurred on 'The Shop,' when James was asked to name someone he'd like to team up with. Instantly, without hesitation, he named Bronny.
"Bronny is number one on my f**king list. He's number one on my list that I wanna play with."
After some inquiries, he went on to say that while Bronny hasn't been able to beat him, he is driven by making a name for himself.
"Nah, he can't beat me... but I asked him, I said 'what you wanna do with this, you wanna get to the pros?' He's like 'yeah' I said, 'why?' He said 'cause I wanna make a name for myself.' And when I heard that I was like... I said let's f**king get it. That's all I need to hear. By the way, he changed his name to Bronny. I didn't. I made him a Jr., but he Bronny. And he Bronny to the world."
As the son of basketball royalty, Bronny has a path to the NBA, and it's clear he's very talented. Already, he has shown flashes of stardom, most frequently during the AAU season debut, where he scored 21 points and 5 rebounds.
Bronny still has a few more years before he can declare for the NBA Draft, and LeBron James is going to do everything he can to ensure he gets to play alongside his son.
James said Saturday he’ll go anywhere to play with his son, Bronny James.
“My last year will be played with my son,” James said over the All-Star break. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
It remains to be seen how James Jr. will develop his game. No matter how good he appears to be, he's got big shoes to fill and a whole lot of expectations on his shoulders. Not everyone would be up for the task.
But he seems to be going into it with the right mindset, which is a good sign for him and his quest to create his own legacy.
Of course, beating his own dad on the court would help in that regard as well.