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Bronny James prepared for stress after ‘surreal’ Lakers transfer 

Bronny James #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a photo after a press conference at UCLA Health Training Center on July 02, 2024 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers selected Bronny James and Dalton Knecht in the 2024 NBA Draft.

EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 02: Bronny James #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a photograph after a press convention at UCLA Well being Coaching Middle on July 02, 2024 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers chosen Bronny James and Dalton Knecht within the 2024 NBA Draft.  (Getty Pictures through AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Bronny James stated Tuesday he is able to cope with the stress of enjoying alongside his NBA famous person father LeBron as he was formally unveiled by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 19-year-old former College of Southern California participant, chosen by the Lakers final week with the fifty fifth choose in the NBA Draft, will kind the primary father-and-son double act in NBA historical past when he fits up for the Lakers subsequent season.

The Lakers’ transfer for {the teenager} has been greeted with skepticism in some quarters, with pundits questioning whether or not the Lakers would have drafted him if he wasn’t LeBron James’ eldest son

Bronny James, with dad LeBron standing within the background, addressed these criticisms head on in Tuesday’s press convention on the Lakers coaching facility at El Segundo.

It’s for certain an amplified quantity of stress,” Bronny stated.

“I’ve already seen it — social media and … the web and stuff speaking about how I may not deserve a chance.

“However, you recognize, I’ve been coping with stuff like this my complete life. So it’s nothing totally different. It’s extra amplified for certain. However I’ll get via it.”

James, who was unveiled together with fellow draftee Dalton Knecht, was handed his signature yellow and purple Lakers jersey for the primary time.

He’ll put on a No.9 shirt subsequent season emblazoned with “James Jr.” on it.

“Every thing has been surreal, attempting to take all of it in,” Bronny stated concerning the whirl of feelings he has skilled since being drafted by the Lakers final Thursday.

Bronny stated he had not gone into element about his hopes for his rookie season in talks together with his father, who will flip 40 in December in what shall be his twenty second season within the NBA.

‘Work ethic’

We haven’t gone too deep into that stuff but, particularly since we haven’t even began summer time league but.

“However simply stuff that he’s been telling me my complete life, simply having that work ethic and getting your work in and listening to your coaches and being coachable — one thing he’s pushed into my head my complete life.”

Bronny appeared with Lakers new head coach J.J. Redick and common supervisor Rob Pelinka, and expressed gratitude to the entrance workplace for “every part (they) have given to me.”

That drew a clarification from Redick, who himself was controversially appointed to the Lakers head teaching scorching seat final month regardless of by no means having coached within the league.

“I wish to make clear one factor that you simply simply stated, which is Rob and I didn’t give Bronny something,” Redick stated, insisting that the youthful James had been recruited on benefit.

“Bronny has earned this. Bronny talks about his laborious work. Bronny has earned this via laborious work,” Redick stated.

“We view Bronny as like Case Examine 1, as a result of his base degree of really feel, athleticism, point-of-attack defender, taking pictures, passing, there’s a lot to love about his recreation.

“He’s going to have an incredible alternative to turn into a wonderful NBA participant.

“Bronny James, who in July final yr suffered a cardiac arrest whereas practising with USC in pre-season, stated the potential for enjoying alongside his father was not a “principal focus” of being drawn to the Lakers.

“Rob has informed me there’s an incredible growth system right here, so I simply wish to are available in and put my work in and get higher each day,” he stated. “I by no means actually had a considered me going to play with my dad, however that’s all the time there … however that wasn’t a principal focus.”

He stated the well being scare final yr, which restricted his appearances in school basketball, had made him decided to make a hit of his NBA transfer.

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The time that I had off I really feel like I might have been perfecting my recreation extra,” he stated. “Yeah, I simply really feel like I’ve been given a chance to showcase what I can actually do, as a result of I wasn’t provided that a lot of a chance at USC.”

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