Bronny James said he hadn't thought about playing with LeBron James

Bronny James took another step toward playing on the same team as his father LeBron when he agreed to a multi-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers drafted him with the No. 55 pick in the NBA Draft last week, which drew mixed reactions from the basketball world. While many found the moment heartwarming for the James family, others decried nepotism.

The elder James has talked about wanting to play on the same team as his son for over a year. At his introductory press conference on Tuesday, the younger James claimed he hadn't really thought about playing with the league's all-time leading scorer.

His claim certainly caused chuckles among many, including Lakers fans.

It is believed that the team drafted the younger James to appease his father, who is currently a free agent. There is no empirical evidence that the elder James or his camp pressured Los Angeles to recruit his son, but by all appearances, the elder James appears to have had some influence on the situation.

Perhaps he and his agent, Rich Paul, told the team they wanted to take the younger James as a condition of the older James agreeing to re-sign. Or perhaps the Lakers simply voluntarily decided to take the younger James to take care of the 39-year-old superstar.

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