LeBron James and his family are enjoying the summer. James and his wife Savannah got new ink from the famous artist Ganga Tattoo, who also recently did Bronny’s first tattoo. The new ink sported by LeBron and Savannah honor their three kids, Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri.
Bron shared a picture of he and Savannah’s ink via his Instagram story. On Bron’s right hand, he got the initials “B.B.Z.” placed underneath a crown. Savannah has the “B.B.Z.” on her right hand as well.
The picture of the new tattoos comes hours after Bron posted on social media how excited he was watching Bronny and Bryce play basketball together for the first time in a game.
“Man I’m literally watching Bronny and Bryce on the court together for the first time in a game situation!! This is INSANE!! I’m EMOTIONAL AF!! WOW,” James tweeted.
Man I'm literally watching Bronny and Bryce on the court together for the first time in a game situation!! This is INSANE!! I'm EMOTIONAL AF!! WOW
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 11, 2022
Bronny and Bryce are members of the California Basketball Club youth team that is currently in Europe on a three-game tour. The James kids aren’t the only sons of famous ballers on the squad.
The roster also includes: Ashton Hardaway, son of Memphis head coach and four-time NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway. And Justin Pippen, son of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen (as well as the brother of Lakers rookie Scotty Jr.).
The tour began in London on Thursday, is heading to Paris next and will finish in Rome on Aug. 18. CBC will be competing against three different U18 international teams.
This is a tremendous experience for these young ballers as they get ready for their high school season’s this coming winter. The James’ Hardaway and Pippen all play for Sierra Canyon high school, so this will be an excellent chemistry building trip as well.
Bronny is the No. 39 prospect in the 2023 ESPN 100 and a rising senior. This is a big upcoming season for him, as he will decide where he will play basketball after high school. College and the NBA G League Ignite are options. He is being pursued by UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon, to name a few.
Bron has a vision of playing with Bronny in the NBA during the elder James’ last season. But how likely is that?
Well known player development coach David Thorpe, who has coached numerous NBA players, spent time earlier this year and this summer reviewing Bronny’s game.
“Bronny had some high-scoring games this summer that make me think he’s on the right track. It’s something to monitor during his senior year and beyond. Where he plays after high school will impact this part of his game.
“LaMelo Ball went to Australia and chucked shots with zero care about winning. That didn’t hurt his game; he’s always played that way. Bronny is different. If he goes to a mid-major school (like the rumored Rutgers), he will likely get lots of opportunities to play as a primary scorer, and he’ll get experience hunting good shots.
“If he plays for a national contender, with talent beside him, he will likely revert back to what we saw this past scholastic season, with him being happy to be a quarterback rather than a scorer. If he wants to be a top-five pick, the former role offers a better route to making that a reality. However, if he fails, it can be disastrous for his draft chances. The latter role has less reward but also less risk.”
Players who advance from youth level to high school, to college, and those lucky enough to go pro often talk about “the jump.” Shorthand for the increase in talent and skill level. The biggest jump with the steepest curve is college to pro.
Where Bronny decides to play next season will go a long way in determining how prepared he is to manage that jump.