The Los Angeles Lakers superstar decided to appear at the Drew League over the weekend and surprise fans in the most brilliant way. LeBron James returned to the Pro-Am League for the first time since 2011. Brooklyn Nets veteran Kyrie Irving was set to appear, but it didn’t happen. Everything about Irving is really awkward these days. Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley thought he’d see Irving on the floor, but the Nets veteran had other plans on his mind.
NBA fans had the opportunity to see LeBron play basketball for the first time in three months. It was really refreshing because LeBron missed a big chunk of the 2021-22 NBA season. He missed seven of the final eight games of the regular season due to a left ankle sprain. If you are into numbers, LeBron missed a total of 26 games this past season. The Lakers didn’t even make the playoffs. LeBron had great stats, but his team was out of playoff contention.
The good news? LeBron is super healthy.
LeBron James did wonders at the Pro-Am League
The four-time NBA champion and DeMar DeRozan led the MMV Cheaters to a win. LeBron scored 42 points on 18-for-36 shooting, 16 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists. DeRozan scored 30 points on 9-for-23 shooting and 14 rebounds.
LeBron reminded everyone of his dominance on the NBA court. His dunk was like a blow in Skip Bayless’ face. Of course, Bayless used the opportunity to trash LeBron, criticizing his shots. Truth is, LeBron enjoyed being himself. He was really competitive and even got into a thing with refs.
The Lakers superstar praised his “teammate” after the game. DeRozan did a wonderful job and we can only imagine his great performance in Los Angeles. The Lakers almost got him last offseason, but they decided to go after Russell Westbrook. We have a few reason to believe that DeRozan would have been a better fit than Westbrook. The only thing we can do right now is make guesses. LeBron is entering an important part of his career and he will definitely make some big decisions.