USC head coach Andy Enfield shared insights with reporters following Bronny James’ first full-contact practice, shedding light on the young player’s progress and expectations for his debut with the Trojans.
Enfield expressed optimism about James’ performance, stating, “He looked good, and he has to get his timing back and get in game shape, but I thought today was a good first day.”
Having engaged in non-contact workouts, cardio, weight training, and shooting sessions, James has maintained an individual training regimen. Enfield emphasized the team’s satisfaction with his overall progress.
Excitement surrounds James’ return, considering the physical and mental challenges he has overcome. Enfield highlighted the uncertainty surrounding James’ comeback, stating, “We had no prediction about when he would be back. This is great that he’s here now. We have a lot of the season left.”
Recognizing the emotional and physical aspects of James’ return, Enfield shared plans for a cautious approach: “As he starts, he’ll be on a minute restriction, and playing-wise it’s just going to be a feel for how the game’s going, how he’s playing, how he feels physically.”
Bronny James’ journey back to the court follows a significant health setback on July 24, 2023, when he suffered cardiac arrest due to a congenital heart defect at the Galen Center, University of Southern California.
The coach’s measured approach acknowledges the significance of James’ return to competitive play.