USC's Bronny James takes part in pregame drills as return nears

LAS VEGAS -- Two days after it was announced that Bronny James had been cleared by doctors for a full return to basketball, and just four months after he suffered a cardiac arrest, the USC freshman took the floor for warmups with his teammates as they prepared to play No. 11 Gonzaga in the Las Vegas Invitational.

The son of NBA career scoring leader LeBron James was upbeat and jovial as he knocked down seven consecutive 3-pointers at one point during warmups and then joined assistant coach Kurt Karis for an impromptu dance move on the sideline.

James ignited the crowd when he rose up and jammed home a one-handed dunk. And he reinforced that he is getting closer to making his collegiate debut.

James was expected to have a final evaluation with USC staff before resuming practice next week, a family spokesperson said in a statement. He will be able to play in games "soon after," the statement said.

When the team returned to the court for the start of the game, James took his spot at the end of the bench, donning gray USC sweats. He cheered on the Trojans and stood at the back of the huddle during timeouts during USC's 89-76 loss.

After the Los Angeles Lakers' game Thursday night at Oklahoma City, LeBron James said he would skip a game to attend his son's college debut if they fell on the same night.

"Family over everything," LeBron said. "Definitely got to see Bronny's first game whenever he's cleared and ready to go."

USC's next game is Dec. 10 at home against Long Beach State, which falls in the middle of a six-day break for the Lakers before they head to Texas for three straight games and before the Trojans hit the road for four straight.

Bronny suffered a cardiac arrest in July during a workout at Galen Center and was found to have a congenital heart defect that was treatable.