Even though he may only get Bronny James for one season, Enfield needs to remind himself – and his coaching staff and Bronny’s USC teammates – that the goal of competition is to win and put players in the best position to succeed. Enfield cannot coach to make Bronny a lottery pick this season. Bronny has to earn that with his performance.
Enfield will give Bronny every chance to prove himself, but not at the cost of reducing the minutes of Isaiah Collier or Boogie Ellis. Integrating Bronny’s needs with Collier’s and Ellis’ needs – all within the context of the team’s best interests – is the true goal for Enfield. Player development contributes to winning. That has not changed and will never change. Bronny gets more playing minutes when he plays at the elite level. He will be an important part of the team, but he will not get more minutes than he deserves. LeBron and his family know that and respect that.