LeBron James is opening up about a scary period for his family.
Less than three months after his 18-year-old son Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest during basketball practice at the University of Southern California, the NBA star revealed how the incident impacted him and shifted his mindset as he looks to the future.
"Obviously I'm gonna dedicate this season to Bronny, because of the incident that happened this summer," the Los Angeles Lakers player said during a press conference Oct. 2. "And the understanding that it just puts everything into perspective. No matter what's going on, in your life at that point and time, the only thing that matters is your family."
Of his son—who he shares with wife Savannah James in addition to kids Bryce Maximus, 16, and Zhuri Nova, 8—LeBron continued, "To see what he had to go through, or what he's been through, over the last few months, you know it's been a lot. I can only imagine how it's been for him, because it's been a lot for me, it's been a lot for our family."
The 38-year-old also provided an update on how Bronny is doing today.
"If he was to walk through the door right now," LeBron added, "you wouldn't even know he had what he had because of how well he's moving. How vibrant he is. It's just a beautiful thing to be able to have him where he is today."
Bronny spent three days in the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on July 25. The following month, the James family released a statement Aug. 25, sharing that a congenital heart defect was the likely cause of the teen's medical emergency.
And though the freshman missed his team's first practice at the end of last month, USC Trojans head coach Andy Enfield was happy to report that the athlete is having an otherwise successful start to his college career.
"He's going to class and doing extremely well in school, and we're really excited for him," he told reporters after the Sept. 25 practice via ESPN. "He's around when he can be. And he's getting caught up [with] some schoolwork and doing very well. His grades are excellent right now, and he's being the true student-athlete."
And as Andy previously noted, Bronny has a whole team and community behind him.
"I think everybody is hopeful that Bronny will return to the court," the coach previously told ESPN in August. "We just have to be patient and take it step by step. Our goal is to support Bronny in any way we can academically, athletically, and be patient with how things develop in his return."