LeBron-Bronny James Pairing Saluted by LaVine, More After Lakers’ Historic Draft Pick

LeBron-Bronny James Pairing Saluted by LaVine, More After Lakers’ Historic Draft Pick
Julia StumbaughJune 27, 2024

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: USC Trojans guard Bronny James (6) gives his dad LeBron James a high five before the college basketball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on January 6, 2024 at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Los Angeles Lakers head coach J.J. Redick and general manager Rob Pelinka aren’t the only ones celebrating their decision to draft Bronny James with the No. 55 pick of the 2024 NBA draft.

NBA players joined in on congratulating LeBron and Bronny for getting the chance to become the first father-son duo in league history to play.

Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

Congratulations to Bronny James on being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers! This is a historic moment because LeBron and Bronny are the first father-son duo to play in the NBA at the same time and on the same team. Watching Bronny suit up for the @Lakers during Summer League in… pic.twitter.com/jGRbGiD0n6

Chris Paul @CP3

Special!! Congrats, Bronny! https://t.co/C5dsQ2ZUZT

Zach LaVine @ZachLaVine

Imagine being able to play with your son! This is historic, having 2 boys my self I couldn’t image how that would feel 🫡

Dejounte Murray @DejounteMurray

BRON Getting To See His Son In The Same Jersey As Him Gotta Be The Biggest FLEX 💪🏽 Shoutout BRONNY!!!!!

Ja Morant @JaMorant

🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/27nhvwCEry

The Lakers drafted James following his freshman season at USC, during which he recovered from offseason heart surgery to average 4.8 points through 25 games.

Professional athletes from the NBA and NFL chimed in to express support of the Lakers’ draft decision:

Bones Hyland @BizzyBones11

I’m negl Bron & Bronny as teammates now is odee! Every Dad dreams of there son being in the league but to be on the same team, mannn they exceeded in life 🔥🔥🔥

Justise Winslow @IAmJustise

Couldn’t imagine teaming up with my son in the league. That’s a beautiful moment.

Le’Veon Bell @LeVeonBell


TRE SEVEN @TrevonDiggs

Imagine being able to play with your pops!!

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Dope as fuck! https://t.co/XlmsJohKeJ

Raheem Mostert @RMos_8Ball

A monumental moment in sports history! So dope! https://t.co/EhqtsEVAul

The Gilly Lock @BumpNrunGilm0re

This dope 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/69SfurRkFt

DJ Reed @D7_Reed

This is so dope.! https://t.co/0cVImmuOGu

D’Ernest Johnson @DernestJohnson2

That’s 🔥🔥 AF https://t.co/dxlLBZWFt7

Parris Campbell @PCampbell21

TOUGH!!! https://t.co/UZwr9Habwj

Chicago Bears EDGE Montez Sweat asked the question many fans were wondering:

Montez Sweat @_sweat9

I’m curious to know how Bronny gone refer to his Dad in practice lol

The pick came after ESPN’s Bob Myers reported that James’ agent, Rich Paul, warned other teams not to draft the 19-year-old, seemingly with the goal of getting him to fall to the Lakers at No. 55.

Some athletes expressed support of Paul’s reported role in getting father and son on the same roster:

Jeffery Simmons @GrindSimmons94

Rich Paul & Bron is two bad mf working together! 💯

RJ @RjHampton14

You’d do it for your child too , so don’t hate https://t.co/u4vH0wV4tg

Nino @qdiggs6

I don’t care what anybody says that’s cool af and it’s never been done before!

LeBron James has not yet made a decision on his $51.4 million player option for next season. But with Bronny headed to Los Angeles, and the Lakers reportedly willing to give the superstar a three-year maximum extension, it seems likely that the pair will get the chance to play together this fall.

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