LeBron James says watching his son Bronny play at USC “scares” him.

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LeBron James didn’t hold back his thoughts about college basketball and especially his son Bronny James, who plays at USC.

On the latest episode of the “Mind the Game” podcast with co-host JJ Redick, James revealed that he is afraid to watch his son play this season, his first year with the Trojans.

“The NBA is the best league in the world,” said the Los Angeles Lakers superstar. “That’s why it’s hard watching my son play college basketball. …It’s hard to watch a 40-minute college basketball game ever done in my life.


Bronny James shakes hands with father LeBron James

Bronny James #6 of the USC Trojans greets LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at the Galen Center on January 6, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

James never played college basketball and made the jump from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, was drafted into the NBA by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

The college game is certainly different from the NBA game, but James shared his grievances with the lower levels and they are quite detailed.


“I have never understood why a coach throws the ball into the post with his big without the ball having any business in the post,” he explained. “The only time the ball should go into the post with the big one is if automatically, as soon as he catches it, it flattens the defense and it goes uphill straight back to the DHO (dribble hand off), rolling – if it is him.” He is not a pocket passer, you can’t throw him deep or to the rim – or his job is to simply shrink the defense because his role is so dynamic.

“I watch college games and I see guys putting the ball in the post and they turn around and throw a left-handed jump shot or a running jump hook.”

Lebron James reacts to Bronny James

Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and his wife Savannah James watch their son Bronny James #6 of the USC Trojans play against the California Golden Bears during the first half at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bronny suffered a cardiac arrest before the start of the season, which was a frightening moment for the James family. He was able to bounce back and play in 25 games this season for a struggling Trojans team. He missed the first eight games.

He averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19.4 minutes per game for USC.

The biggest question for Bronny now is whether he will enter the 2024 NBA Draft after the Trojans’ season is over.

“It’s up to him,” LeBron said during NBA All-Star Weekend. “It’s up to the child. Of course we will go through the entire process. He’s still in the season now, with the Pac-12 Tournament coming up. … We will weigh our options and let the child make the decision.”

LeBron James yells at Bronny James on the court

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shouts to his son Bronny James #6 of the USC Trojans during Bronny’s game against the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion on February 7, 2024 in Berkeley, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


The elder James has noted that he wants to play in the league with his son, and the Lakers have shown interest in potentially recruiting Bronny to keep LeBron in Los Angeles.

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