Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is playing in the Drew League on Saturday afternoon, the first time he’s done so since 2011.
James’ love of basketball goes far beyond just playing in the NBA for a paycheck. Both he and former teammate Kyrie Irving are expected to participate in the Drew League this offseason, getting back to their roots and playing in front of thousands of fans.
LeBron was limited to just 56 appearances in the 2021-22 season, so perhaps this is a good sign of things to come, and part of his offseason training regimen.
The Drew League was established in 1973, but NBA players have used it as a way of keeping fresh in the offseason since the 2011-12 lockout.
How to watch the Drew League
The Drew League can be seen on the NBA app, as James’ games are being broadcast there this offseason. The games are also set to be streamed by the Caffeine App.
James and Irving hope to team up on the Los Angeles Lakers this coming season, yet Kyrie is still a member of the Brooklyn Nets. A Russell Westbrook for Kyrie trade remains in play, but neither LA nor Brooklyn have agreed to the terms of this deal.
What is the Drew League?
The Drew League is a pro-am basketball tournament that takes place every summer in Los Angeles, CA. While NBA players have often made surprise appearances, the tournament gained the most traction in the summer of 2011 during the NBA lockout, where players such as LeBron, Kobe Bryant and more took the court at the same time.