USC’s Bronny James took another step in his recovery and warmed up with his teammates for the first time this season before Sunday’s game against Brown.
“It was great. He went through warmups with the team,” USC coach Andy Enfield said, per the Associated Press. “He’s a big part of our program and our team. He’s a terrific teammate. We look forward to hopefully one day getting him back on the court but when that day is, that’s not my decision. We’re going to (be) patient and go through the process.”
James has not played this season after suffering cardiac arrest at a team practice in July. Doctors later determined a congenital heart defect was the probable cause of the 19-year-old guard’s sudden collapse.
Earlier this month, his father, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, said “things are going in the right direction” with James’ progress toward a potential return to the court. He said James has a “big moment at the end of this month” to determine how he can move forward in hopes of returning to play for USC this season.
Cardiac arrest explained following Bronny James collapse
On Sunday, No. 16 USC beat Brown 81-70. After the game, Trojans guard Kobe Johnson called Bronny’s warmup participation “awesome.”
“It’s awesome having him back and on the team with us and participating with us,” Johnson said. “We want him back as soon as possible but we want him to be as healthy as possible when he comes back.”
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