LeBron James says he wants to play alongside his son, Bronny.Image: Getty Images
Nobody can blame LeBron James for looking to the future. The Lakers stood pat at the deadline despite looking more like a play-in team than a contender, and Anthony Davis is collecting worker’s comp checks after severely spraining his ankle in their final game before the All-Star break.
Speaking with The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, James touched on his post-Lakers future that gave a blueprint for his post-Lakers future. While he was effusive in his praise of the Cavaliers, it was the prospect of playing with his son where LeBron was most direct.
“My last year will be played with my son.” LeBron told Lloyd. “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.”
LeBron’s wanderlust always has him on the move. More importantly, though, LeBron is always looking out for his people. His St. Vincent-St.Mary teammates were such a familial bond that he made a former teammate, Maverick Carter, his business manager. Another close consigliere, Rich Paul, runs Bron’s sports agency. They’ve become titans on their own accord thanks to James extending them integral roles to play in managing his career. He’s also putting himself and Bronny in an incredibly unique position. His declaration made Bronny even more of a made man in NBA circles.
We shouldn’t be surprised that he’s putting Bronny on the same way while putting NBA GMs on notice. LeBron has never been this straightforward about his future.
Bronny’s matriculation through the amateur basketball ranks has been a source of intrigue for an increasingly plugged-in diehard basketball public. Now, a junior at Sierra Canyon High School, the future we’ve envisioned for Bronny is just over the horizon. The fantasy of Bron and Bronny has been bubbling up in imaginations since he was in elementary school. Now, LeBron can almost touch it. Earlier this season, James faced Grizzlies rookie Ziaire Williams, an ex-teammate of Bronny during his freshman year at Sierra Canyon.
“I looked at…