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Lakers' LeBron James sits courtside to see Bronny in McDonald's All-American Game

Houston Chronicle 3/29/2023 Matt Young, Staff writer

LeBron James took a little detour on the Lakers' road trip to make a stop in Houston to watch his oldest son Bronny James play in the McDonald's All-American Game on Tuesday night at the Toyota Center.

Bronny, who starred at Sierra Canyon School outside of Los Angeles, played well, shooting 5-of-8 from the 3-point line and scoring 15 points in the West's 109-106 loss.

He was playing in the game 20 years after his dad did the same. Of course, LeBron went on to be drafted No. 1 overall a few months later and is in the 20th season of one of the sport's greatest careers that has seen him win four championships and become the league's all-time leading scorer.

Bronny, who entered the game midway through the first quarter and promptly hit a 3-pointer right in front of his family as dad got up from his seat to celebrate, is the only player in the all-star game who hasn't made a decision about his future after high school. There was some thought that he may forego college to play for the G-League Ignite, but he recently narrowed his college choices to Ohio State, USC and Oregon and the Los Angeles Times reports a decision between the three is imminent.

LeBron, who often has said he hopes to be an NBA teammate with his son before he retires, was joined courtside by his family: wife Savannah, mother Gloria, 15-year-old son Bryce and 8-year-old daughter Zhuri.

LeBron returned to the court Sunday after missing 13 games with a right foot injury. The Lakers (37-38), who play in Chicago on Wednesday night, currently are ninth in the Western Conference, just a half-game clear of the Mavericks for the final spot in the play-in games. After playing at Chicago, the Lakers play at Minnesota on Friday, then hit Houston to play the Rockets on Sunday.

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