Gilbert Arenas gave his evaluation of Bronny James – LeBron’s oldest son – currently playing as a sophomore at Sierra Canyon, offering a big picture perspective on James’ career trajectory moving forward.
You can’t judge him by his numbers because you’re not looking at everything that’s in front of this man. He needs to understand that he has to take his baby steps, but what you guys are not paying attention to is, look who is practicing and competing with every single day. That’s what’s making him better.Gilbert Arenas, Fubo Sports
Californian high school basketball season is set to begin on March 12 due to a pandemic induced delay. The lack of competitive basketball has people worried about the growth of young guys — Bronny included. But the fact he’s seeing the nation’s top high school prospects daily and competing against them is a good enough compensation for the shortage of games. In fact, it may even be a blessing in disguise for a 16-year-old James, according to Arenas.
That was the best situation for him because he gets to watch what hunger looks like.Gilbert Arenas, Fubo Sports
Being in an extremely competitive environment such as Sierra Canyon is the best thing that could’ve happened to Bronny, especially given his background. When you’re a kid who has it all at such a young age, there’s always a risk of catching delusion everything needs to be given to you. Playing for Sierra Canyon Trailblazers, nothing will be given to Bronny. He’ll have to earn every single minute he spends on the floor.
Being LeBron’s kid, Bronny will always play with a target on his back. Even during practices, players will always go after him to prove they’re better. When you’re 16, that’s the best thing that can happen to you. As Gil put it, “it builds a whole nother player, and once those big lions are gone, you are the big lion.”
That’s why Arenas predicts a big jump in Bronny’s rank his junior/senior year, once he gets the opportunity to fully showcase his talent in game situations.
His ranking is going to go from wherever it is, to 1,2.Gilbert Arenas, Fubo Sports
Until then, LeBron James Jr. is in for a battle for a spot in the Trailblazers’ rotation, with the nation’s top high school players in his way. His father knows that’s the best way to do it.