We need to talk about Bronny James.
I tried to tell you. I’ve had a front row seat to the evolution of LeBron James’ oldest son as a basketball prospect. And when I say front row seat I mean literally. Our kids were classmates.
He’s good. And while I don’t always agree with what a recruiting service deems an elite prospect, 247, Rivals, On3- they’re all in the right for having Bronny shoot up the rankings.
You might be saying to yourself- “George, you played in the NFL, what do you know about hoops?”
Listen, before there was football George, there was basketball George.
I know what a good player looks like. I played with and against plenty of them.
You might want to believe that Bronny is just getting the juice because his dad is LeBron, and his name drives clicks, but this kid is a 6-2, naturally gifted shooter with an enormous, effortless vertical. Are those not the exact things people love about Ja Morant?
Bronny has always played against the toughest competition available, has always had a target on his back, and still manages to shake off pressure and let the game come to him.
In the McDonald’s All-American game, if someone wanted to make their name shutting down “the prince,” that would have been the time to do it. But instead, Bronny went 5/8 from deep, and hit a clutch corner three with a minute left that gave the West a late lead.
Bronny can play point. He can play off the ball. He can drive. He can slash. He can spot up. Like it or not, Bronny is completely worthy of the grade he’s getting.
I’m not saying he’ll be a lottery pick. He still needs to prove himself at the college level, hopefully at Oregon, and there’s always an international name or two that bumps talented college players down a spot or two come NBA Draft time, but you’d have to be a hater to deny that Bronny James is an NBA talent.
They say don’t hate the player, hate the game, but if you hate Bronny James as a prospect, you must hate the game.
And if you like Bronny, wait until you see Bryce.
LeBron might be 38, but King James’ Monarchy is in good hands.
Let that sink in.