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“Bronny James vs. Kian Anthony”: Sons of NBA legends LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony Go Head-to-Head Post 20-Years to Their Father’s Matchup 

Arjun Julka

"Bronny James vs. Kian Anthony": Sons of NBA legends LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony Go Head-to-Head Post 20-Years to Their Father's Matchup 

It’s a surreal moment for NBA veterans and future first-ballot Hall of Famers LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, with their sons gearing up for a much-awaited high-school contest on the hardwood, marking two decades to the highly publicized game between the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and Oak Hill Academy in 2002.

Touted as high school rivals, both James and Anthony, were part of the iconic draft class of 2003, selected as the 1st and 3rd pick, respectively. Despite all the hype around them, the two former rookies would develop a lifetime of friendship, even playing a season together for the LA Lakers.

Both Bron and Melo were overnight success stories. While one awed everyone with his freakish athleticism, the other established himself as an elite scorer. Two decades later, a similar situation awaits their offspring, who face each other in an anticipated high school matchup televised nationally via ESPN.

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Bronny James and Sierra Canyon High School host Kian Anthony and Christ the King at Chatsworth, CA. The sons of NBA legends LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, both teenage sensations have offers from some of the top colleges in the country.

A look at Bronny James and Kian Anthony ahead of their matchup.

Currently, in his senior year at Sierra Canyon, Bronny is a four-star recruit, ranked from as high as 34 to as low as 61, according to various scouting websites. Standing at 6ft 3″ and weighing 180 lbs, King James’ eldest son is a combo guard who can shoot the ball while dishing out impressive assists.

Though Bronny may not be as physically gifted as his father, he does take to his old man’s high basketball IQ and defense.

Speaking of Kian Anthony, he is currently in his sophomore in Christ The King Regional. Standing at 6ft 3″ and weighing 165 lbs, the 15-year-old has been quite the sensation on social media. The talented wing player was fortunate enough to be offered a scholarship from his father’s alma mater, Syracuse.

Can we see Bronny and Kian play in the NBA?

Though there may be some time before they make their NBA debut, one can foresee both Bronny and Kian going pro at some point in the future.

The two talented teenagers already have a slew of top-tier colleges lined up to offer them scholarships, given their pedigree. What remains interesting to be seen is if the two play for the same team, something their fathers couldn’t accomplish to the fullest.

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About the author

Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka


Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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