Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, has been authorized to return to basketball at USC after suffering a heart arrest during a regular practice five months ago.
"Bronny James has now been cleared by his doctors for a full return to basketball," the James family said in a statement.
"Bronny will have a final evaluation with USC staff this week, resume practice the following week, and return to games shortly thereafter."
The James family wishes to thank the outstanding medical team, the entire USC community, and especially the many friends, family, and fans for their love and support.
"Keep fighting!"For several months, James, 19, has increased his basketball exercises on his own, in cooperation with USC and his physicians.
He has been attending school but has not participated in team practice. He took an important step toward returning the team a few days before Thanksgiving, when he warmed up with his teammates before their Nov. 19 win over Brown.
LeBron James told reporters after the Lakers' 133-110 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday that he would go to Bronny's debut game even if the Lakers were playing.
On Saturday, the Lakers will host the Houston Rockets, while USC will play Gonzaga in Las Vegas.