Imagining a world where Bronny James is a part of the New York Knicks

LeBron James Jr., LeBron James, New York Knicks (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LeBron James Jr., LeBron James, New York Knicks (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Bronny James is only a Freshman in High School, but fast forward a few years. What if he becomes a member of the New York Knicks?

The year is 2024, cars are flying, and Major League Baseball has robot umpires calling games. No seriously though, fast forward to the year 2024, LeBron James Jr. is coming out of college and into the NBA Draft. Teams like the New York Knicks are salivating from the mouth to get their hands on the son of one of the greatest basketball players to ever live, LeBron James.

He works out for a few teams, obviously including whichever one his dad plays for at that time, but ultimately chooses to play for the residents of Madison Square Garden. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world would Bronny James go against his dad, not play with him, and go to the New York Knicks? Well, the answer is pretty simple, to be honest, to write his own story.

Going into his Freshman year at Sierra Canyon High School, James has been widely regarded as one of the best prospects in the country for his class, and it’s not a class that’s bare of talent. James is ranked 24th in the class of 2023 on Coast 2 Coast Preps’ rankings and isn’t far behind big names like internet phenom, Mikey Williams, Elijah Fisher, and Jayden Nicholson. He has an opportunity to improve his stock within the class and based on the physical and overall growth of his game that we’ve seen in the past year alone, I think he will.

From what highlight tapes have shown and all-around speculation, Bronny is currently 6’2 at about 160 pounds. His athleticism is a trait that he picked up from his dad as he wasn’t even able to dunk this time last year and now he can do in-game windmills with relative ease.

Saying that it’s not the only part of his game he’s picked up from James Senior. His court vision, excellent passing, and overall basketball IQ make him an outstanding player and great teammate, but there is one aspect of Bronny’s game where he’s been significantly better than his father was in high school, shooting.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde, Bronny has a “smooth shooting stroke and handle,” which is something that wasn’t found in LeBron’s scouting report coming out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Even with the addition of a solid scoring foundation, Bronny isn’t showing out to be a volume scorer because he doesn’t need to be.

From what we’ve seen, Jr. isn’t going to explode for 40 to 50 points in a game and take over in that regard. In fact, during one of the biggest games of the summer circuit against Class of 2022 stud, Emoni Bates, he only had 12 points and a trio of three-pointers, but his all-around efforts on the court led his Strive For Greatness team to a 93-73 win over the Bates led Fundamentals.

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Outside of the AAU circuit, James has been training with Gilbert Arenas to work on his overall game, and Arenas likes what he sees out of him. Recently, the NBA legend said that Bronny could ‘challenge LeBron’s stats.’

I know that it’s still a long way away, but why not think about the possibility of him playing in the Garden? With all of the Knicks’ young talent now, getting James in 2024 would see him inserted in a lineup with prime and experienced Knick talent. He may get swarmed by media wherever he goes, but it’d be the perfect opportunity for him to start his very own legacy and what better place to do it than in one of the most famous arenas in all of the sports.

Think about it, imagine LeBron James’ son tearing the rim off the backboard and making it rain from downtown in MSG on a nightly basis. Not only would he be one of the highest-selling jerseys, but it would make fans reinvested into Knicks basketball.

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The kid already has five Division One offers to play at Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA but I doubt colleges are the only type of basketball program/organization to look at him. If the New York Knicks are game-planning for the future (which I think they are), then this is a move that they should heavily invest themselves in when the time comes. Who knows, they could be getting their hands on the next ‘chosen one’ and bring a future legend to Knicks basketball.