Bronny James Makes Los Angeles Lakers Debut In Summer League Game

Bronny James has made his first appearance in an actual NBA-sanctioned summer league game.

James started against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday at the California Classic in the San Francisco arena home to the Golden State Warriors.

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The Lakers’ second-round pick in the recent draft, James missed his first two shots while playing nearly six minutes, grabbing a defensive rebound, then missing a 21-foot jump shot moments later. He came up short on a 26-foot 3-point try at the 4:23 mark of the opening quarter before getting a breather.

James received a warm welcome when he returned to the court at the 8:17 mark of the second quarter. He was initially whistled for his first career foul on a 3-point attempt by Sacramento’s Xavier Sneed. James argued briefly before the play was reviewed and overturned. James missed a 3 off the front rim from the top of the arc at 7:04.

This was all a prelude to what everyone wanted to see: James scored his first unofficial NBA points on a driving layup 5:51 before halftime.

James and his hodge-podge team of rookies and free agents continue with the California Classic before heading to Las Vegas later this month for more NBA summer league games.

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