LeBron James played his first game in three months and scored 42 points in the legendary Drew league.
The famous pro-Am league in Los Angeles was founded in 1973 and has seen a pilgrimage of NBA players descend on the Charles Drew Junior High School gymnasium during the summers for decades — since the NBA lockout in 2011. For LeBron James, it was his first appearance in that league.
The Saturday game marked the first public glimpse of the 37-year-old James playing basketball in more than three months. He missed seven of the Lakers’ final eight regular-season games in the spring because of a left ankle sprain and missed 26 games in all of 2021-22, which ended up being one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.