NBA legend LeBron James was brimming with excitement as he traveled to Houston to support his son, Bronny, at the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game on Tuesday.
LeBron, who participated in the high-profile basketball event in 2003, was joined by his wife Savannah, children Bryce and Zhuri, and mother Gloria, as they watched 18-year-old Bronny's impressive debut.
Playing for the Boys' West team, Bronny put on a commanding performance, scoring 15 points with five three-pointers. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar could be seen enthusiastically cheering for his son from his courtside seat.
Although Bronny's team did not secure the victory, his performance offered a promising glimpse into his potential future in the NBA.
On Monday, Bronny competed in the Powerade JamFest Slam Dunk Contest, 20 years after his father's triumph in 2003. Bronny finished second, behind future Duke athlete Sean Stewart.
In the lead-up to Tuesday's game, Bronny showcased another outstanding dunk, captured in an Instagram video by advertising agency Wieden Kennedy Bodega.
The McDonald's All-American Game is an annual event spotlighting the nation's most talented high school basketball players. Counting NBA greats such as Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O'Neal among its alumni, it is considered one of the most prestigious accolades for high school athletes.
Elizabeth Campbell, McDonald's Senior Director of Cultural Engagement, described the event as more than just one night of basketball, stating, "It's a chance for elite players to show out on the national stage and create their own legacy."
The showcase began in 1977, featuring the top 24 boys and 24 girls from U.S. high schools, selected based on academic and athletic achievements. LeBron took part in the 2003 edition, helping his team secure victory and earning a place on McDonald's 35th-anniversary list of the greatest players in 2012.
When Bronny was chosen for the game's roster in January, LeBron congratulated him and the other athletes on social media, expressing his pride and adding, "Continue to be you through it all no matter what!! You're truly AMAZING!!! #JamesGang"
The 2023 McDonald's All-American Game also featured two other father-son duos with NBA connections: Andrej Stojaković, son of retired NBA star Peja Stojaković, and D.J. Wagner, son of Dejuan Wagner Sr., who played alongside LeBron on the Cleveland Cavaliers.