Some basketball fans waited all night. The line for admission to Los Angeles’ King Drew Magnet High School stretched for a once block after it was revealed that Lakers star LeBron James planned to play in the Drew League, the nation’s most famous pro-am, on Saturday. Basketball League.
The gym was packed by the time James arrived, and he actually played in the Drew League for the first time since 2011.
Before the game, James joked with Clippers Darrell and shook hands with fans before opening tip-off. NBA.com and the NBA app broadcast the game. One of the NBA’s leading social media editors took the photos and videos. Uninterrupted tweeted video of James. Other journalists, including ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Dave McMenamin, were spotted at the gym.
James, a Los Angeles native and on the same team with NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan, missed his first shot, a deep 3-pointer, then scored a baseline fadeaway and a spinning one-handed dunk.
It was reported by ESPN that Kyrie Irving had planned to play, but did not arrive until 5:30 p.m. On Saturday morning, DeRozan teased the possibility of James playing in a tweet, and Yahoo Sports confirmed the appearance later in the day. In a tweet last summer, James suggested that this Drew is approaching another appearance in the league.
The Drew League began in 1973 and has grown into the premier Pro-Am basketball league with many NBA players participating annually.
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