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Bronny James expected to make USC debut months after suffering cardiac arrest, coach says

bronny jamesthe son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, is expected to make his college debut on Sunday when the USC Trojans take on Long Beach State at the Galen Center.

USC head basketball coach Andy Enfield spoke to reporters Thursday after James played his first full-contact practice since suffering cardiac arrest over the summer.

USC Trojans #6 warms up before a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the Legends of Basketball Las Vegas Invitational at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Dec. 2, 2023. , Bronny James wears a heart rate sensor on his arm. Vegas, Nevada. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 89-76. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Asked if James was due to make his debut on Sunday, the Enfield manager said: “We think so.”

“Today was his first day of contact practice. He looked good. He has to get his timing back and get into shape for his game, but I think today was a good first day.”

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According to ESPN, Enfield said James will have one more practice on Friday, and the team will decide whether to make his debut Sunday after seeing how James feels and the medical team's decision.

James suffered a heart attack on July 24 during practice, months before the start of his first college basketball season at USC. The incident occurred where the Trojans were playing and practicing, and he was released from the hospital three days later after suffering a medical emergency.

Doctors later revealed that the cardiac arrest was probably caused by “.Congenital heart defect.

James was cleared to fully return to basketball in late November, about four months after his cardiac arrest.

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Los Angeles, CA, Wednesday, November 29, 2023 – Bronny James cheers on his teammates from the bench as the USC Trojans men's basketball team takes on the Eastern Washington Eagles at the Galen Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“He's been training without contact for a while,” Enfield said. “So he's been doing some cardio, weight training and some shooting. He's also been able to do some individual training. We're happy with his progress.”

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Enfield said James “feels great” and “looks good,” but added that James will be limited to one minute at the beginning of the year.

“I think everyone is excited about his progress and the fact that he's a part of this,” Enfield told reporters. “He's been through a lot physically and mentally and we're just looking forward to him.

“We couldn't predict when he would come back. It's great that he's back here now. There's still a lot of season left. We're only a quarter of the way through the season. , the fact that he's back and able to play three-quarters of a basketball season is unbelievable.”

lebron james revealed that he intended to attend Bronny's college debut, telling reporters that he would miss the Lakers game to watch his son play in a game for the first time.

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LeBron James and Bronny James shake hands

November 19, 2023. Los Angeles, California, USA. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, 23, shakes hands with his son Bronny James during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Crypto.com Arena. (Kyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)

“I'm looking forward to his first game,” James told reporters after the away loss in November. oklahoma city thunder. “Whenever he's cleared and whenever he's ready to play his first game, I've already told my teammates that if they play on the same day as our game, they're going to play the next game. I’ve already told them we’re going to have to catch them.”

“Champions are family first and foremost,” he told his teammates. “I love you all. I made sure to go to Bronny's first college game. Whenever he was ready to go.”

The Lakers have no games scheduled for Sunday.The Trojans enter 2023 with a 5-3 record. college basketball season.

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