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People can’t believe what Bronny James said at his Lakers press conference

The Los Angeles Lakers held an introductory press conference for their newest additions to the team, including Bronny James, the highly-anticipated son of four-time NBA champion and current Laker, LeBron James, and Dalton Knecht, an undrafted center from Xavier University, on Tuesday, July 12, 2023. During the event, Bronny was asked about his decision to join the Lakers, a question that left many in disbelief due to the apparent influence of his father's presence on the team.

LeBron James, a 19-year NBA veteran, joined the Lakers in 2018 and has since led the team to significant success, including an NBA championship in 2020. With his contract set to expire after the 2023 season, there were speculations that the Lakers might prioritize drafting Bronny, who was considered a top prospect in the 2023 NBA Draft, to ensure continuity and potentially secure a successor for LeBron.

Despite these speculations, Bronny maintained during the press conference that his decision to join the Lakers was not influenced by his father's presence on the team. "I've always wanted to be a part of a winning organization, and the Lakers have a rich history and a great fanbase," he stated. "I'm excited about the opportunity to learn from my father and the other veterans on the team, but ultimately, I want to make a name for myself and contribute to the team's success."

However, many in the media and basketball community found it hard to believe that Bronny's decision was not influenced by his father's presence, given the Lakers' history of prioritizing family connections and their recent success with LeBron's influence. The debate continues as fans and analysts weigh in on whether Bronny's decision was truly independent or a strategic move by the Lakers to secure a potential successor for their star player.

In addition to Bronny and Dalton, the Lakers also drafted Isaiah Mobley, a power forward from USC, with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft. The trio of rookies is expected to join the Lakers for training camp in September, where they will begin their journey towards making an impact in the NBA.

Despite the controversy surrounding Bronny's decision, the Lakers are optimistic about their young talent and are looking forward to the upcoming season, which promises to be an exciting one for the storied franchise.

Published 18 days ago

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