Through no fault of his own, Bronny James found himself at the center of a debate this week.
It commenced when the rosters for the 46th annual boys McDonald’s All American Games were announced, and the oldest son of LeBron James was among the 24 players picked for the prestigious all-star game.
The exclusion of highly regarded players such as Mikey Williams, AJ Johnson and Caleb Foster helped fuel the talk of whether Bronny James deserved a spot in the game to be played March 28 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
“We’d be having this same conversation if he didn’t make it,’’ said Frank Burlison, an original member of the selection committee for the McDonald’s All American Games, “because it would have elicited as much conversation or debate either way just because of the nature of who he is.’’
The argument for Bronny
He is no clone of his father.
While LeBron James is chiseled at 6-9, Bronny is far less imposing, listed at 6-3 on the McDonald’s roster. But the highlight-reel plays have been impressive for the senior captain at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.
Footage of Bronny’s breakaway dunks have aired on ESPN, gone viral on social media and demonstrated he has enough athleticism to deliver spectacular moments.
“His vert has improved as much as any kid in the class,’’ said Brandon Clay, who has been involved in grassroots basketball for more than two decades and joined the McDonald’s voting committee for the boys and girls…