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LeBron on son’s commitment: ‘One of the best days of my life’

- Jeff Zillgitt

Bronny James, LeBron’s oldest son, announced May 6 he will enroll and play basketball at the University of Southern California, starting in late summer.

Immediatel­y after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Golden State 127-97 in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series that day, James told Spectrum SportsNet it was one of the best days of his life.

“First of all, congratula­tions to my son on his next journey and picking a great university,”

James said in a postgame press conference. “I’m proud of him. This is an incredible thing. Unless it was one of my greatgrand­mothers or great-grandfathe­rs or someone way before my time, to my knowledge this is the first one out of the James Gang to go to college.

“Obviously, his dad didn’t go to school. His mom (Savannah) didn’t go to college. My mom (Gloria) maybe stepped on campus for a little bit, maybe a community college or something, but she had (me) running around so she couldn’t spend much time in the classroom. It’s very, very, very, very exciting, very humbling and a great moment for our family.”

Bronny and Trojans coach Andy Enfeld were in attendance at Arena for the Warriors-Lakers game in LA.

James reiterated he still wants to play alongside his son but acknowledg­ed his body and his mind need to be right, and he wanted to account for Bronny’s wishes.

“I was serious, and I’m still serious about it,” James said, adding, “Just because it’s my aspiration, it doesn’t mean it’s his. It’s not what you want. It’s about listening to your kids and what they want.”

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