A packed gym at King Drew Magnet High School got the treat of a lifetime on Saturday afternoon Lebron James showed up to join DeMar Derozans Cheat squad for an immersive afternoon in the Pro-Am league.
It was James’ first appearance in the Drew League since 2011, where he created countless vintage highlights against a multitude of hoopers from across the nation during lockout.
Formed in 1973, the Drew League has been a South Los Angeles fixture for decades, and Compton native Derozan has been a regular performer at their showcases.
Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce have also graced the Drew League floor.
Nets guard (and potential future Laker) Kyrie Irving was scheduled to line up for the No Limit Soldiers in the ensuing affair, but did not appear. James and Irving made three straight finals together for the Cavs from 2015 to 2017.
James, Derozan and the Cheaters (6-0) won a back-and-forth Barnburner 104-102 after a last-second try from their opponent – Black Pearl Elite – clattered off the front rim. “The King” finished with 42 points, 16 rebounds and four steals in 16-for-23 shooting from the floor.
As the undisputed playmaker throughout the game, James was a crucial catalyst, putting the cheaters over their knees and sparking a 6-0 run with some skillful passes and a resounding dunk that put the team 103-97 ahead. He also made a couple of outstanding defensive plays to seal the win.
Derozan finished with 30 points, 14 boards, and three assists.
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