LeBron James schedule: How many Lakers games could overlap with son Bronny’s USC basketball debut?

After experiencing cardiac arrest during an offseason workout, USC freshman Bronny James, son of Lakers superstar LeBron James, is one step closer to making his collegiate debut.

On Nov. 30 — four months after the cardiac event — a James family spokesperson issued a statement announcing that Bronny has been cleared by doctors for a full return to basketball, with an imminent return to practice and games.

While it isn’t a shock that his dad is thrilled about the news, the lengths that he is willing to go to catch his son’s debut may come as a surprise for some.

“I’m looking forward to his first game,” James said when asked about the latest development. “Whenever he’s cleared, whenever he’s ready to have his first game, I already told my teammates that if [USC] plays on the same day we’re playing, then I might have to catch them the next game.

“Family over everything, champs — I love y’all, but I definitely gotta see Bronny’s first college game whenever he’s cleared and ready to go.”

As James’ teammates overheard his pledge to miss a Lakers game to catch his son’s debut, there were playful groans in the background, but it’s clear that all parties involved understand the magnitude of Bronny’s return to basketball, meaning James’ potential absence would almost certainly be excused.

Could LeBron James miss a Lakers game to watch Bronny’s USC debut? The two teams’ upcoming schedules have a fair bit of overlap in the coming month, making the prospect a real possibility.

MORE: The latest updates on Bronny James’ timeline for return to action

USC basketball schedule 2023-24

With Bronny James’ return imminent, USC has four games remaining on its non-conference slate. After a trip to Las Vegas, the Trojans will return home for one game before a cross-country trip for two games in Alabama.

After the Christmas holiday, USC will begin Pac-12 play with a trip to Oregon before returning home for a trio of games. 

As for overlap, four of USC’s first six conference games fall on the same day the Lakers are set to play: Dec. 28 at Oregon, Dec. 30 at Oregon State, Jan. 3 vs. California and Jan. 13 at Colorado. 

Date Opponent Time (ET) Location
Dec. 2 vs. Gonzaga 10 p.m. Las Vegas
Dec. 10 vs. Long Beach State 4 p.m. Los Angeles
Dec. 17 at Auburn 1 p.m. Auburn, Ala.
Dec. 19 at Alabama State 7 p.m. Montgomery, Ala.
Dec. 28 at Oregon 9 p.m. Eugene, Ore.
Dec. 30 at Oregon State 10 p.m. Corvallis, Ore.
Jan. 3 vs. California 10 p.m. Los Angeles
Jan. 6 vs. Stanford 4 p.m. Los Angeles
Jan. 10 vs. Washington State 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles
Jan. 13 at Colorado 10 p.m. Boulder, Colo.

MORE: Complete bracket for the NBA In-Season Tournament

Lakers schedule 2023-24

Over the same span as USC’s next 10 games, the Lakers have 20 games on their schedule — at least 10 of which will be played in LA. The 20th (and potential 21st) depends on the Lakers’ success in the In-Season Tournament.

When comparing schedules, the Lakers will be in Los Angeles while USC is in Eugene, Ore. on Dec. 28. On Dec. 30, which is LeBron James’ 39th birthday, the Lakers will be in Minneapolis while the Trojans will be in Corvallis, Ore.

Jan. 3 is the only date that the Lakers and Trojans have games in LA. USC will be in Boulder, Colo. on Jan. 13 while the Lakers are in Salt Lake City.

Date Opponent Time (ET)
Dec. 2 vs. Rockets 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 vs. Suns 10 p.m.
Dec. 7/8 TBD (In-Season Tournament) TBD
Dec. 12 at Mavericks 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Spurs 8 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Spurs 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 vs. Knicks 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Bulls 8 p.m.
Dec. 21 at Timberwolves 9 p.m.
Dec. 23 at Thunder 8 p.m.
Dec. 25 vs. Celtics 5 p.m.
Dec. 28 vs. Hornets 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 at Timberwolves 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 at Pelicans 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 vs. Heat 10 p.m.
Jan. 5 vs. Grizzlies 10 p.m.
Jan. 7 vs. Clippers 9:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 vs. Raptors 10:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 vs. Suns 10 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Jazz 9:30 p.m.

Last season, there were no conflicts that caused James to miss a Lakers game, but there are two examples to illustrate his willingness and ability to travel to watch his son.

With the Lakers in Chicago to face the Bulls on March 29, James and his family traveled to Houston to watch Bronny in the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 28. Almost two weeks later, James traveled to Portland in between Lakers home games to catch Bronny play in the Nike Hoop Summit, which was held at the Moda Center on April 8.

Source : ESPN.com

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