Bronny James Cleared To Play For USC After Cardiac Arrest

Bronny James Cleared To Play For USC After Cardiac Arrest

Bronny James, the son of NBA superstar LeBron James, has overcome a significant health setback as he has recently obtained medical clearance to resume playing basketball. After rigorous medical evaluation and rehabilitation, the University of Southern California (USC) officially gave Bronny the green light to return to basketball activities.


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Bronny James has received medical clearance to return to basketball following a severe health scare. 

In July 2023, the USC basketball player suffered from a cardiac arrest, putting his basketball future in jeopardy. However, after undergoing months of medical evaluation and rehabilitation, Bronny has been officially cleared by USC to resume basketball activities.

Breaking: Bronny James has been cleared to make a full return to basketball, a James family spokesperson announced.

He will have a final evaluation with USC staff this week, resume practice next week and return to games soon after. pic.twitter.com/ot1hbVsoc2

— ESPN (@espn) November 30, 2023

‘Fight On!’

The announcement came on Nov. 30, when the James family shared a statement expressing their gratitude for their support during Bronny’s recovery. The statement read:

“Bronny James is now cleared by his doctors for a full return to basketball.” Bronny will have a final evaluation with USC staff this week, resume practice next week, and return to games soon after. The James family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible medical team, the entire USC community, and especially the countless friends, family, and fans for their love and support. Fight On!”

Bronny had already made a symbolic return to the court when he joined his teammates in warm-up before USC’s game against Brown on Nov. 19. His return to competitive play is highly anticipated, especially by his father. 

‘Family Over Everything’

In a post-game interview on Nov. 30, LeBron expressed his desire to witness Bronny’s debut for USC, even if it means missing a game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I definitely gotta see Bronny’s first college game whenever he’s cleared and ready to go,” LeBron said. 

However, the scheduling may pose a challenge, as the Lakers are slated to participate in the NBA In-Season Tournament around the same time. While USC has not confirmed the date of Bronny’s debut, it is expected to be at the earliest on December 10 against Long Beach State

Updated By: Chris Samuel (12/1/23 at 4:14 pm)

LeBron James Provides An Update On His Son And Family

In a heartfelt message shared on July 27, NBA superstar LeBron James offered a much-awaited update on his son Bronny’s health and expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support his family has received during this challenging time.

Just two days prior, on July 25, the James family spokesperson had announced that Bronny James, LeBron’s son, had experienced a sudden cardiac arrest while practicing on the court at the University of Southern California. The incident occurred as the young basketball talent was preparing to embark on his freshman year at USC in the fall.

LeBron took to his social media accounts to extend his heartfelt appreciation to everyone who had sent their love and prayers to his family. In a single tweet, the NBA legend said, “I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers. We feel you and I’m so grateful.”

The update continued with LeBron stating, “Everyone doing great. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love. Will have more to say when we’re ready but I wanted to tell everyone how much your support has meant to all of us!”

I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers. We feel you and I’m so grateful. Everyone doing great. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love. Will have more to say when we’re ready but I wanted to tell everyone how much your…

— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 27, 2023

Two days later, on July 27, Shams Charnia, a trusted and reliable NBA source, shared a significant medical update on Bronny James. Charnia tweeted, “USC’s Bronny James has been discharged from the hospital and is home resting after being treated for sudden cardiac arrest at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he arrived fully conscious, neurologically intact, and stable.”

Merije Chukumerije, the consulting cardiologist for Bronny, also expressed gratitude towards the USC medical staff for their swift response to the young athlete’s collapse.

USC’s Bronny James has been discharged from hospital and is home resting after being treated for sudden cardiac arrest at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he arrived fully conscious, neurologically intact and stable. Statement: pic.twitter.com/WegyWgAhAE

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2023

Charnia later reflected on the remarkable pace of Bronny’s discharge, stating, “Exact timing of when Bronny James was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: late Tuesday night, per family spokesman. So less than 48 hours were spent in the hospital. Remarkable.”

Exact timing of when Bronny James was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: late Tuesday night, per family spokesman. So less than 48 hours spent in the hospital. Remarkable. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/3ScMeCsJC4

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2023

While the James family has not provided further updates, their resilience and hope for Bronny’s full recovery are evident. Throughout this difficult period, they have remained active and strong, exemplifying their unwavering support for one another.

Amidst the challenging circumstances, LeBron James has been seen back in the gym, preparing diligently for the upcoming NBA season. Meanwhile, Bryce, LeBron’s youngest son, shared a touching picture on social media, showing his support for his brother on the day following the incident.

Updated by Dorian Waller on July 28th, 2023.

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Bronny James Suffers From Cardiac Arrest

Bronny James, a rising basketball star and All-American phenom, was set to begin his college journey at the University of Southern California in the upcoming fall semester. However, his plans took a tragic turn as he collapsed on the USC basketball court on 7/24, resulting in a cardiac emergency.

The James family’s spokesperson released a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing gratitude to the USC coaching staff and medical team for their swift response and dedication to their athletes.

USC All-American Bronny James collapsed on the court Monday and had a cardiac arrest. He was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition and no longer in the ICU. Statement: pic.twitter.com/5z9F2qAWP0

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 25, 2023

Outpouring Support From Fans & Fellow Athletes

News of the incident spread like wildfire, with fans from around the world sending their thoughts and prayers to Bronny and the entire James family. Among those offering their support was NFL player Damar Hamlin, who experienced a similar health scare during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January 2023. 

Hamlin took to Twitter to share his support, writing, “Prayers to Bronny and the James family as well,” along with a prayer emoji. “Here for you guys just like you have been for me my entire process.”

NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson took to his personal Twitter account to speak on behalf of his wife and himself. “Cookie and I are praying for LeBron and Savannah’s son Bronny after hearing he suffered a cardiac arrest,” wrote the NBA legend. “We are praying and hoping he makes a full and speedy recovery.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard, Donovan Mitchell, tweeted out his support for Bronny. “Praying for Bronny” Mitchell stated, along with two prayer emojis.

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