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Friday / February 21.
  • LeBron James, Bronny James both take losses on same day in same state

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — LeBron James triggered a circus-like atmosphere by walking into Blake Arena Monday afternoon to watch Bronny James and Sierra Canyon (CA) in the Hoophall Classic.

    The schedule worked out so that LeBron and the Lakers were slated to play the Celtics in Boston Monday night.

    Hours after Bronny and Sierra Canyon lost to Paul VI (VA), 70-62, LeBron and the Lakers were hammered by the Celtics, 139-107 in Boston.

    “The only bad thing about today is that I took two Lā€™s,” LeBron said after the NBA game, according to Jeff Goodman.

    At the Hoophall, LeBron sat — and stood — courtside surrounded by a slew of local police offers and security personnel.

    The game played before about 4,000 fans in a standing-room only gym was not without incident. During the third quarter, a fan threw something at Bronny as he inbounded the ball. The official called security over but no one was ejected.

    LeBron responded on Twitter.

    Paul VI (VA) ended up winning the game behind 24 points from junior Trevor Keels and 16 points and 7 assists from Duke-bound guard Jeremy Roach.

    Kentucky-bound wing B.J. Boston led Sierra Canyon with 20 points and 67 rebounds. Bronny James, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard who comes off the bench, managed just one rebound with no points and no assists in 12 minutes.

    The gym was oversold well beyond capacity and people stood on stairwells and several rows deep to get a look at James and the game itself.

    “Let’s go Celtics,” one fan yelled as he unsuccessfully tried to get a chant going.

    “I love you, Bronny,” one young girl shouted in the second half.

    On the other end of the gym, a large group of college coaches including Kentucky’s John Calipari and UNC’s Roy Williams sat watching the action.

    LeBron has made a habit of watching Bronny play in AAU and high school games when he can.

    Last month he watched as Bronny scored a go-ahead layup against St. Vincent-St. Mary, Lebron’s alma mater, in Ohio

    This story has been updated.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.