- Last year teammate Vincent Iwuchukwu suffered cardiac arrest but returned
- Enfield also said that James currently ‘getting caught up with some schoolwork’
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USC head basketball coach Andy Enfield announced that Bronny James is ‘doing very well,’ despite missing the team’s first practice of the season.
Bronny, who is the eldest son of Los Angeles Laker LeBron James suffered cardiac arrest during a team workout back in July.
‘Bronny’s doing very well,’ Enfield said following the practice. ‘But we just can’t comment on anything medically. He’s going to class and doing extremely well in school, and we’re really excited for him.’
After Bronny spent three days in a local LA hospital the James family released a statement saying that a congenital heart defect was the probable cause of the soon-to-be 19-year-old’s cardiac arrest.
‘He’s around when he can be,’ Enfield said of James on Monday. ‘And he’s getting caught up [with] some schoolwork and doing very well. His grades are excellent right now, and he’s being the true student-athlete.’
USC head basketball coach Andy Enfield announced that Bronny James is ‘doing very well’
James missed the team’s first official practice after suffering cardiac arrest back in July
Last season fellow Trojan, Vincent Iwuchukwu suffered cardiac arrest but returned to play
James’s teammate DJ Rodman – the son of Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman – also spoke on how the freshman guard has been incredibly positive following the incident and quickly returned to cracking jokes as he began feeling better.
‘He’s just a very positive guy, and every time I see him, it’s just a big smile and a ‘What’s up?” said Rodman
‘I’m just so relieved that [it] was not anything more severe than that. I mean it was just very, I wouldn’t say traumatizing, but it was a huge hit on [us], and I had to run out [of the gym]. I couldn’t handle another one like that.’
Rodman noted that he has seen two other friends suffer from cardiac arrest.
‘It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter how invincible you think you are,’ Rodman continued.
‘It could happen to anyone. And I know I’m not taking anything for granted. I know Bronny never took anything for granted. And I’m just happy that he’s great.’
Enfield did not give a timetable for James to return to the court but did say coaches and teammates were excited to eventually see him play again.
‘We anticipate him being a very valuable part of our basketball team,’ Enfield said. ‘But that’ll be all sorted out. He’s the ultimate teammate because he cares about winning, and he has such a personal relationship with all his teammates. When you watch him on the court and you’re around them, that’s the first thing you notice within five or 10 minutes — and it’s contagious.
‘So that’s why we’ll miss that here until he gets back. But he’s certainly a big part of our team.’
USC dealt with a similar situation last year when big man Vincent Iwuchukwu suffered from cardiac arrest in July before eventually returning to the court in January to play 14 games.