The California Basketball Club’s roster features four players whose fathers are NBA legends.
Bronny James and his younger brother, Bryce, are the sons of LeBron James. Ashton Hardaway, Bronny’s teammate at Sierra Canyon (California) High School, is the son of Memphis coach and four-time NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway. And Justin Pippen, another Sierra Canyon player, is the son of Naismith Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen (as well as the brother of Lakers rookie Scotty Jr.).
The team went 1-2, playing three games in a 12-day span across Europe. CBC opened with an 81-74 loss to Hoopsfix Elite (London) at Copper Box Arena on Aug. 11, and followed with a 97-85 loss to U18 French Select in Paris on Aug. 15, despite a game-high 25 points from Bronny.
But CBC rebounded on Aug. 18 with a 60-57 victory over A.S. Stella Azzurra (Italy) at Arena Altero Felici in Rome. Bronny filled the stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks, while Hardaway scored 21 points and brought down eight rebounds.
We break down how the team played and what we learned from each game, and provide analysis and scouting reports on key players, including Bronny, who is currently the No. 39-ranked recruit overall in the 2023 ESPN 100.
CBC loses to London, 81-74 (Aug. 11)
CBC loses to Paris, 97-85 (Aug. 15)
CBC beats Rome, 60-57 (Aug. 18)
Highlights from Rome
Bronny’s chase-down block
Down 41-36, James made a momentum-changing play: a chase-down block that led him in offensive transition with the ball in the open floor, where he made a kick-ahead pass to teammate Ashton Hardaway, who drained the 3-pointer from the left corner. It was a five-point swing without him scoring.