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Kendrick Perkins, Stephen A Smith offer insights on Bronny James

As the NBA playoffs continue to captivate basketball fans worldwide, attention has shifted to the offseason activities of LeBron James, particularly his son Bronny James" journey through the NBA Combine and the looming draft.

Amidst speculation about Bronny"s NBA prospects, prominent NBA insiders Kendrick Perkins and Stephen A. Smith have delivered candid messages to LeBron regarding his son"s future in the league.

"One thing about LeBron James being at the Cavs game, I’m glad he was there and not at the combine, because now Bronny has to show up and show out," said Perkins, per NBA on ESPN on YouTube.

"Meaning earned not given right. LeBron stay your a– away, we don’t need you on the internet saying oh look at Bronny, they said he couldn’t shoot, he’s shooting, oh he’s got a 40 inch vertical, no more hyping it up. Like now he’s in the trenches and I must say from what I’ve seen at the combine he does look pretty damn good, I mean he’s 6’1, he has a 40 inch vertical, he shoots the trey ball pretty damn well."

"Everybody that I’ve spoken to says he’s not ready for the NBA… [They say] he should stay in college… They say the younger brother Bryce has more potential."

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As LeBron maintains his offseason routine, including attending playoff games, Bronny James diligently participates in the NBA Combine, aiming to showcase his skills ahead of the draft scheduled for June.

In a recent segment on First Take, Kendrick Perkins offered blunt advice to LeBron, urging him to refrain from overshadowing Bronny"s efforts with undue attention.

Perkins emphasized the importance of Bronny proving himself on his own merits, asserting, “Earned not given right."

Despite LeBron"s absence at the combine, Perkins commended Bronny"s performance, highlighting his impressive athleticism and shooting prowess.

Meanwhile, Stephen A. Smith, known for his outspoken demeanor, adopted a more nuanced stance on the matter.

"I"m not very comfortable with this subject so I"m just going to say what I"m going to say because if you notice I go out of my way not to speak about Bronny James who I have never seen play," said Smith about the Lakers star and his son.

"The reason why I go out of my way not to speak about him is because I never liked the position that LeBron James put him in and I say that with profound respect."

Smith cited feedback from NBA insiders suggesting that Bronny may not be NBA-ready.

He said, “Everybody that I’ve spoken to says he’s not ready for the NBA… [They say] he should stay in college… They say the younger brother Bryce has more potential."

Acknowledging LeBron"s occasional remarks lauding Bronny"s talents, both Smith and Perkins alluded to the pressure inadvertently placed on Bronny.

Despite Bronny"s commendable showing at the combine, including a resilient comeback from a health setback, doubts linger regarding his readiness for the professional stage.

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