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Bronny James Offers a Blunt Response to All The Scrutiny

Bronny James gave a blunt response about the criticism he has been receiving.

On the first day of this year’s draft combine, all eyes were on Bronny James as he took the court. Every drill he participated in was closely watched. Surprisingly, he did not disappoint. Scouts were impressed not only with his athleticism but also with his team play during scrimmages. He hit open shots, played solid defense, and checked many boxes.  Even Los Angeles Lakers Vice President Rob Pelinka was in the stands to watch Bronny. His performance at the combine significantly boosted his draft stock. But that hasn’t helped dissipate the pressure and expectation. 

Bronny James Offers a Blunt Response to All The Scrutiny

Bronny James’ Draft Stock Rises

Initially ranked No. 98 on ESPN’s Top 100, Bronny shot up to No. 54, and now has a strong case for a second-round pick in the NBA draft. Initially, Bronny wasn’t among the top standouts of the 78 prospects invited to the combine. He was more middle-of-the-pack. But by the end, he showed he belonged there. Living in the shadow of his superstar father LeBron James has been both a blessing and a curse for Bronny. 

James Sr. recently hinted he might not think much about teaming up with his son in the NBA. Even though he could become a free agent this summer, the Lakers superstar recently changed his view on Bronny’s future. 

Bronny saw the combine as a chance to showcase his hard work since his first season at USC.

“Rich Paul’s goal here in the pre-draft process for Bronny James is to see if there’s the right developmental organization, a place that can take a young player like Bronny James … If he does go in the draft, he very likely would spend next year in the G League.

“That’s the priority for them as a family. What’s best for Bronny James? If it ends up them together, that would be great, but I don’t get a sense it’s playing much of any role in LeBron James’ decision on next season.”

Bronny used the combine to step out of his father’s shadow to showcase himself. Getting exposure to the media gave him the opportunity to speak on a personal level.

“My dream has always just been to put my name out, make a name for myself, and of course get to the NBA, which is everyone’s goal here.”

James has conquered a lot. But there is much left for the young man to achieve. 

Dealing With The Overbearing Criticism

Despite being initially ranked around the middle, Bronny put up impressive numbers: a 40.5-inch vertical leap, ranking fifth among participants, and a stellar 19-25 in the 3-point shooting drill, placing him second overall. His measurements were also notable — standing 6-foot-1 without shoes, with a wingspan of 6’7″ 1⁄4, and weighing 210 pounds. He had a solid performance in the drills and effective play in scrimmages, where he showed promise by hitting open shots and playing enthusiastic defense.  Still, that doesn’t dismiss the fact that James had had to deal with a lot

“It’s tough,” James said with a grin on his face. A lot of criticism gets thrown my way, but I got to deal with it. You know what I’ve been through. But yeah, I just try to make the best of my opportunities that are given.” 

An NBA team will most likely chance on him. It’s a waiting game now to see where Bronny lands and what the future holds for the James legacy in the NBA.


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