Bronny James has been cleared to coach after cardiac arrest, resulting in renewed hype for a potential college and professional career.

Bronny James has been cleared to coach after cardiac arrest, resulting in renewed hype for a potential college and professional career.

Four months after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing sports, Bronny James has been cleared to make a full return to basketball, a James family spokesman said Thursday, announcing a plan for the USC student to begin training as soon as next week.

“Bronny will have a final evaluation with USC staff this week, resume training next week and return to games shortly after,” a James family spokesperson said.

Bronny, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, collapsed during training last July and spent three days in the hospital. Doctors later determined that a congenital heart defect was the likely cause of the 19-year-old goalkeeper’s sudden collapse, and expressed confidence that he would make a full recovery.

Ultimately, the only thing that matters in any of this is the recovery itself. That a 19-year-old, after the terrifying experience of his heart stopping pumping blood, is healthy and has a heart strong enough to play the game he loves.

If only it were that simple. Not so, because Bronny James is no ordinary teenager. He’s the son of LeBron, who was already destined, at least by his father’s hopes and dreams, to one day very soon become a partner with the Pops in the father-son NBA business.

Which means we now leave the waiting game and move on to the circus. First comes the Bronny Watch, an analysis of the Trojans’ schedule to see when he might be able to play. The Trojans are at No. 11 Gonzaga on Saturday and have just one home game — against Long Beach State on Dec. 10 — remaining in the calendar year. They have road trips to Alabama and Oregon State before returning home on Jan. 3 against Cal.

Then, of course, comes Bronny’s inevitable downfall. What will it look like? Can he play? Does it meet expectations, even though they are impossible?
James’ arrival in college basketball was always going to be an inflection point. Long before he committed to USC, many wondered if he was good enough to deserve the attention he was receiving. But a strong first season (he averaged 14 points and five boards at powerhouse Sierra Canyon) pushed him to No. 22 in the 247Sports Composite rankings, erasing any lingering questions about whether his title meant he wasn’t worthy of his hype.

Bronny James will return to training next week and matches shortly after, according to a family spokesman. (Photo: Alex Behrens de Haan/Getty Images)

Along with USC, he visited Ohio State, Oregon, and considered the G-League Ignite and Overtime Elite before opting to stay closer to home and sign with the Trojans.

However, with Andy Enfield’s selection, the combo guard joined a team that already had a strong backcourt, thanks to Isaiah Collier, the No. 1 rookie in the country, and Boogie Ellis, the Trojans’ leading returning scorer. It’s natural for people to wonder how James fits.

However, all that speculation came to a halt on July 24, when James collapsed during summer practice. James’ family announced that Bruni was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He underwent surgery to treat a congenital heart defect, and the questions immediately shifted from how well he could play to whether he would ever be able to play again.

LeBron James provided an update on his son’s progress in October, saying Bronny “began the rehab process to get back on the floor this season with his teammates at USC.” A month later, on November 19, he warmed up for the first time with his teammates before a game against the Browns, sparking speculation of his imminent return.

Now it’s Bruni’s time.

He joined a USC team that, like a lot of college basketball teams in November, is a work in progress. The Trojans are picked to finish second in the Pac-12 at 5-2, with losses to UC Irvine and Oklahoma.

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