Bronny James Addresses Doubters in First Day With Lakers


Bronny James being drafted by the Lakers was always going to attract intense criticism and cries of nepotism.

James says he’s aware of what’s being said about him online and addressed the criticism during his first official day on the job with the Lakers on Tuesday.

“I’ve already seen it on social media and stuff, and the internet and stuff and talking about that I might not deserve an opportunity,” he said. “But I’ve been dealing with stuff like this my whole life. So it’s nothing different, but it’s more amplified, for sure. But I’ll get through it.”

Bronny also said that playing with his father was not part of his decision to declare for the draft this year, after just spending just one season in college.

“Rob (Pelinka) has told me that there’s a great development system here, so I just want to come in and get my work in and get better every day,” he said. “I never really had a thought of me going to play with my dad. But that’s always there to take part of. But that wasn’t the main focus of mine.”

Lakers head coach JJ Redick was quick to insist that Bronny’s spot on the team had been earned, not given.

“Rob and I did not give Bronny anything,” Redick said. “Bronny has earned this. … Bronny has earned this through hard work.”

James’ contract is expected to be finalised before the Lakers begin their Summer League campaign at the California Class on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

Bronny’s agent, Rich Paul, and the Lakers have discussed a multiyear contract that would secure a roster spot for the incoming rookie.

Paul had previously said he would not entertain a two-way deal for Bronny.

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