- LeBron James is an NBA player who has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers. He’s won four NBA championships.
- LeBron has been married to his wife, Savannah, since 2013.
- LeBron and Savannah have two sons and a daughter.
- LeBron’s 18-year-old son Bronny suffered a cardiac arrest in July 2023.
LeBron James is one of the most exciting NBA players of all time. With four championships under his belt as well as countless other awards, the Los Angeles Lakers player’s 20 years in the league have certainly been some of the most exciting to watch! LeBron, 38, takes great pride in his sports abilities — but he’s also a proud father. Off the court, LeBron is such a loving dad to his three children (Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri), who he shares with his wife Savannah.
In July 2023, Bronny, 18, “suffered a cardiac arrest,” while practicing, according to a statement from the James family. “Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family, and we will update the media when there is more information.”
On July 27, 2023, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills issued a release stating that Bronny was discharged. “Thanks to the swift and effective response by the USC athletics’ medical staff, Bronny James was successfully treated for a sudden cardiac arrest,” the release read. “He arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center fully conscious, neurologically intact and stable. Mr. James was cared for promptly by highly-trained staff and has been discharged home, where he is resting. Although his workup will be ongoing, we are hopeful for his continued progress and are encouraged by his response, resilience and his family and community support.”
LeBron opened up about how being a dad has helped him be better as a teammate in a 2018 appearance on The Tim Ferriss Show. “They all are different, and I had to find out how to tap into each one of my kids to get the same results but teach them differently, and that’s the same with being the leader of a basketball team or a franchise,” he said. Find out more about his children here!
LeBron and Savannah were high school sweethearts, and the pair welcomed their first son Bronny, 18, in 2004, shortly after LeBron began his NBA career. Bronny has clearly taken after his dad and is an incredibly skilled basketball player himself. He’s currently only a high school star, but it seems incredibly likely that he’ll also follow his dad into the NBA.
Of course, having your dad be the GOAT can only help your basketball skills, and LeBron has regularly trained with his sons to help them get better at the game. Bronny opened up about following in his dad’s footsteps in a 2022 profile in Sports Illustrated. “I was born into it, so I feel like the path was already chosen,” he said. “My dad is cool enough to let me take whatever path I want if I wanted to not pursue basketball. But I think basketball is going to be my thing, for sure.”
Bronny has been attracting attention from recruiters since he was a kid, and colleges tried to offer him scholarships from as young as 11, per ESPN. For his senior year, Bronny was named a “McDonald’s All-American” player in 2023, which is 20 years after his dad received the same recognition. He also revealed his hopes to play in the NBA in the aforementioned S.I. profile, and LeBron has been very public in saying that he wants to get a chance to play in the league with his son in numerous interviews and on Twitter.
On Saturday, May 6, Bronny made the announcement that he committed to the University of Southern California for basketball via his Instagram account. “Fight On…#committed,” he wrote in a caption of a photo of himself standing in a USC dressing room wearing his high school jersey from Sierra Canyon.
Dad LeBron was “so proud” of his son for committing. “[It’s] one of the best days of my life,” LeBron said to a reporter after an NBA Championship game against the Golden State Warriors on May 6. “First of all, congratulations on Bronny and the decision he made…super proud of him…our family is proud of him,” he went on.
"One of the best days of my life… Super proud of him… It's even more special to me cause it's the first time someone out of my family to go to college… No matter the outcome of this game, I couldn't lose today."
LeBron James on Bronny committing to USCpic.twitter.com/9G3LEaZWGi
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) May 7, 2023
However, Bronny’s basketball future was questionable after the 18-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during a USC workout. “Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital,” read a statement from his family. “He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family, and we will update the media when there is more information.”
“LeBron and Savannah wish to publicly send their deepest thanks and appreciation to the USC medical and athletic staff for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes,” the statement concluded. As mentioned above, on July 27, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center issued a statement indicating that Bronny had been released from the hospital.
Bryce Maximus James
LeBron and Savannah had their second son Bryce, 15, in 2007. Like his brother, Bryce has also followed in his dad’s footsteps and found a love of basketball himself. While he has a few more years before he starts preparing for college (or the pros), Bryce has shown that he’s also got skills on the court, like when his dad shared a viral video of him dunking with one hand in February 2023.
While LeBron has shown his dreams of playing with his kids, by the time Bryce would be eligible for the league, the Lakers star will have already played for well over 20 years, but he said that he’s keeping the idea open when speaking to Sports Illustrated. “I feel like I could play for quite a while. So it’s all up to my body, but more importantly, my mind. If my mind can stay sharp and fresh and motivated, then the sky’s not even a limit for me. I can go beyond that. But we shall see,” LeBron said.
Let’s get it pic.twitter.com/xstwYIaAxN
— Bryce James (@bryce_james23) August 10, 2023
Bryce confirmed his commitment to play for Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California via Twitter on August 11, 2023. “Let’s get it,” the 16-year-old posted, wearing a uniform. The move comes after he was reported to play at Campbell Hall — also the alma matter of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen — from his previous school Sierra Canyon, but changed his mind. At Notre Dame, Bryce will also play with Master P‘s son Mercy Miller.
Zhuri Nova James
Savannah gave birth to her and LeBron’s only daughter Zhuri, 8, in 2014, a year after they tied the knot. While time may tell and things can change, Zhuri’s parents told S.I. she hasn’t been as interested in playing basketball as her brothers. Still, LeBron has posted sweet photos of his daughter joining him for workouts and they’ve posed together at events like the Space Jam 2 premiere. While it’s not clear if someday she’ll play basketball, LeBron has showed that his daughter has taken an interest in dancing in cute Instagram videos.