The iconic SLAM Magazine covers of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were recreated by their sons, Bronny James and Zaire Wade.
The photoshoot was a part of the media day for Sierra Canyon School, where Bronny and Zaire will both be playing high school basketball together.
Heirs to the throne 👑
Bronny and Zaire replicated two of their dads' iconic SLAM magazine covers 🔥
(via @SLAMonline, koolmac/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/96DkFOEFBF
— ESPN (@espn) October 15, 2019
With Dwyane Wade watching in the front row, James and Wade played their first game together for Sierra Canyon on Oct. 5, defeating Rolling Hills Prep with a 70-48 final score.
James came off the bench but was held scoreless in the game, while Wade recorded seven points.
While Bronny did not manage to score any points in his performance, he was credited for making a positive impact that went beyond the box score. Davis Yapkowitz of PrepHoops highlighted the impact that James makes as a primary ball-handler and playmaker for his age.
I think where Bronny James real value is going to be on this team is as the primary ball handler on the 2nd unit. He has good court awareness and a feel for playmaking.
For anyone expecting huge things from him this year, I’d temper your expectations a bit lol.
— David Mendez-Yapkowitz (@Dave_Yapkowitz) October 6, 2019
Given how Bronny is still so young, it will likely take time for him to make a strong impact. There is still plenty of time for him to develop before he comes close to thinking about where he wants to spend his collegiate basketball career or if he wants to play in the NCAA at all.
For what it’s worth, there is a belief that Bronny James will play college basketball, but that came before LeBron James became as vocal about paying collegiate athletes. It seems too premature to put too much thought into it yet because the NBA being likely to revoke the so-called “one-and-done” rule adds further possibilities.
The current 247 Sports recruiting profile for the 14-year-old James lists him as a 6-foot-2, 165-pound combo guard.
Meanwhile, Wade is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard that is part of the 2020 recruiting class. The recruiting website also considers Wade as a three-star recruit that has received scholarship offers from DePaul, Nebraska, Toledo and Rhode Island.