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LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:22 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 1:29 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Drew League in Watts, Calif., has ascended to a legendary status in the streetball community, thanks to the regular participation of NBA players and the high-quality, well-organized nature of the games. The Drew added another chapter to its legend Saturday when Miami Heat star LeBron James made an unexpected visit.

Yahoo! Sports reports that James entertained a packed gym while playing for a team coached by Los Angeles native Baron Davis, much to the delight of Drew League director Dino Smiley.
To Smiley’s surprise, James wanted to play. James was given a No. 2 jersey for a team called “Cheaters II.”

“I thought LeBron was coming just to hang out, but he asked for a uniform,” Smiley said. “The crowd was just electrified when he walked in.”

Smiley said many fans tweeted and sent text messages about James’ arrival. “Every edge” of the court in the tiny gym, Smiley said, was packed. Smiley said the gym doors were eventually closed shut during James’ game by law enforcement officers, who told fans if they left they couldn’t return.
James wasn't going half-speed either. In video footage shot at the game, James can be seen burying turnaround jumpers, finishing a lefty layup in transition, throwing down a tomahawk dunk, stuffing a windmill jam, swatting a shot into the stands and completing a behind the back pass in transition.

"The best thing about the Drew League is benefiting these kids," James said on the video. "Benefiting inner-city kids that honestly don't get an opportunity to do great things. To be able to be here, doing what I love to do and at the same time giving back, that's what it's about.

"Myself and [Baron Davis], we don't do anything for the cameras. It's all about giving back to the inner city, giving back with these kids. Anytime you can shed light on situations that may not be that great ... it's a blessing. We're blessed, when you're blessed the only way you can keep the blessings going is if you give back."

Here's the video of LeBron James playing at the Drew League courtesy of YouTube user BigMarv44.



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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:07 am
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

James promised that he would not leave Cleveland until he delivered a championship, then stuck  a knife in our backs when we were looking the other way.  This isn't about LeBron hating.  This is about throwing away perhaps our only shot at a championship for years to come.  We have a fracking right to be pizzed at him!

I was unaware that the fans contributed in any way towards getting a championship besides clapping.  Stabbed you in the back?  Throwing away our only chance at a championship?  Please give it a rest already.  Its a game that the fans do not get paid for supporting. Instead of living through someone elses success focus on creating your own. You come off as a jilted lover to be honest.  Why do you invest so much emotionally/financially into something or someone that does not benefit you?  its cool to watch a game to appreciate the sport but the players and the owners dont know you except when they recognize your finger prints all over their money.



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:51 am
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

lol is that a chicago fan talking.......aww man you and boston actually made lebron look clutch thru all the qtrs.....

not to mention christina bosh drop a 30 piece too a couple of times.....

im glad  your the new big rival in the east wade can take off a whole series and let lebron do all the work and cruise on by.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:52 pm
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

This is a guy who conspired with D-Wade and Chris BUSH to gang up on the NBA, years before any of them became a free agent. What I have a problem with, is that "Dung Boy" James threw the 2009-10 Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.  Free agency is about a month away, and if Cleveland goes to the finals to play Los Angeles, how the Hell does he keep his promise to Wade and BUSH?  If the Cavs beat Boston, "Dung Boy's" excuse for leaving the Cavs doesn't hold water anymore.  His supposed reason for leaving the Cavs was that he didn't think he could win a ring there.  So, "Dung Boy" made sure that excuse would work, by pretending to have an injured arm.  It wasn't his arm that hurt his game in that series, it was his lack of hustle.  He moped thru the series as if he didn't want to be there.  That was because he didn't.  He was thinking more about moving on to be with his buds in Miami.  Doubt what I say?  Well watch the videos from that series.  Then watch the 2010-11 NBA All-Star Game.  James routinely drives coast to coast, like a bull in a china closet, making dunk after dunk after dunk.  That performance was against All-Stars, not the aging Celtics.  He didn't need his arm to score, as evidence by his play in the All-Star game.  James promised that he would not leave Cleveland until he delivered a championship, then stuck  a knife in our backs when we were looking the other way.  This isn't about LeBron hating.  This is about throwing away perhaps our only shot at a championship for years to come.  We have a fracking right to be pizzed at him!



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:21 pm
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

Thanks, Ben, for snagging this for us. It does make me appreciate 1) the disadvantaged kids in the country and the adults who work so hard to reach them and provide clean and wholesome entertainment for them to counter the culture they must endure around them and; 2) LeBron and Baron supporting that work quietly and unassumingly to give to the cause.

The LeBron haters have already decided that there is nothing good in the man. That is sad. The mistake he may have made in announcing his choice of teams last summer is mighty small when you consider first how many in the league have broken the law or been hard to coach. This is a man who has long given to the community (remember the annual bike ride in Akron?) and mostly not with cameras. This is also a man who led the USA Men's Basketball Team to an Olympic gold medal in Beijing just three years ago. When you observe his conduct on that team and his style of play you can probably see more of the real LeBron that that hour of ESPN called "The Decision". Even that was to promote Boys and Girls Clubs nation-wide (I have heard it raised over $3M for them). It just came off wrong.





Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:51 pm
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

How many points did Lebron drop here. Wow, i wish i could do that. There is a point where James does a windmill dunk and its not even funny that the d-fence doesnt try. Ill call up my german friend Dirk and see what you can do against him.
Le bron, man u put on a clinic...........................in

the drew league


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 6:03 pm
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Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 5:03 pm
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

Stop Hating man!! He just wants to play basketball. I don't like Lebronze either but at some point this kid should just be able to go out and have fun. Who cares if its the Drew League, hes having fun. Go Mavs Go but lets give Lebronze a break!!



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:51 pm
 

LeBron James plays at Drew League in Watts video

Are your serious Lebron?  I'll say this in simple terms:  Lebron!  Save it for when it counts.  Did you forget how you wilted against the Mavs?  Do you remember you didn't want the ball?  So Lebron plays in the Drew League and what?  Domintates who? Kids?  Great job - uhh man up in the league during the finals if you want to get the hype machine cranked up.  This proves you don't get it man.


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