Watch Bryce James play for his new high school team for the first time
All-NBA Bryce James, who is 16 years old and the younger son of Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James, just played in his first game with Campbell Hall School in Studio City.
Bryce, a 6’6″ sophomore small forward, used to play at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth with his bigger brother, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. Now that Bronny is going to USC in the fall, Bryce has moved on to his next basketball goal.
His 19-time All-Star father sent this encouraging tweet after Bryce’s first game with Campbell Hall: Brian Windhorst of ESPN says that scouts think Bryce James has the tools to become a high-ceiling, super-athletic swingman. This is in contrast to Bronny, who is a 6’3″ shooting guard and has never been considered a top-tier pro talent. There are a lot of steps he’ll have to take to get there, but if he chooses to, he’ll have every possible edge along the way.
With all this talk about the next generation, did the older James really mean to hang up his shoes this summer? Before the 2022–23 season started, James talked freely about wanting to play in the NBA with both Bronny and Bryce. At the earliest, this could happen in the 2027–28 season, when LeBron would be 43 years old.
Lakers took Jalen Hood-Schifino in the NBA Draft in case Austin Reaves leaves
The Los Angeles Lakers thought it was an easy choice to take Jalen Hood-Schifino with the 17th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Rob Pelinka, an executive, praised the Indiana University guard’s size and other qualities and thinks he will fit in well with the team. The executive also thinks that Hood-Schifino could work well with Austin Reaves because he can do a lot of different things.
Some people wanted Los Angeles to take wing Cam Whitmore with the 17th pick, but the team chose either Hood-Schifino or another guard, Kobe Bufkin. It is said that the team chose a guard because it wanted a good backup for Reaves in case he was offered a bigger deal than the team was willing or able to match.
Lakers Nation says:
“It’s still too early to tell how free agency will play out in the next few days, but league sources say that Hood-Schifino and Kobe Bufkin, a guard who was taken by the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, were the Lakers’ top two picks.
“The Lakers liked both guards so much because they thought they could replace Reaves if an offer sheet made it too expensive for them to bring the restricted free agent back,” league sources tell Lakers Nation.
Since Reaves is a limited free agent, the Lakers can match any offer from another team for him. But if that deal gets higher than $100 million, they might just let him go.