Bronny James (knee) misses Lakers game in California Classic

Rookie Bronny James will not be able to participate in Sunday’s California Classic summer league game in San Francisco due to swelling in his left knee, a Los Angeles Lakers spokesman confirmed to ESPN.

James’s exclusion from Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors — the second day of a back-to-back — is seen as a precaution. James is expected to play in Wednesday’s final Classic game against the Miami Heat.

In James’ summer league debut on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings, the 55th pick in last month’s draft scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes.

“He’s just got to keep learning, keep getting reps and learning what he can do,” Lakers summer league coach Dane Johnson said after Saturday’s game. “His body, he can go downhill if he uses his shoulder if he has a little bit of an advantage on someone. And he’s just got to build that confidence.”

The Lakers are prioritizing James by giving him as much playing time as possible during the remainder of the summer league, both in San Francisco and in Las Vegas starting later this week.

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