Are you guys ready for summer basketball?
No, not the California Classic. Not the Salt Lake City Summer League and not the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
I’m talking about summer basketball at a small, stand-alone-only venue where the NBA All-Stars take place on the court. Of course, I’m talking about the Drew League. And on Saturday, Drew will be in the headlines more than usual.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sportsmail reported Friday night that four-time NBA champion and current Los Angeles Laker LeBron James will play in the Drew League for the first time since 2011 when the NBA was locked down.
– Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 16, 2022
While the news of James joining was enough to fill seats, hit the headlines and get a lot of attention, what about this Saturday news:
Kyrie Irving is scheduled to play in the Drew League in Los Angeles today at 11 a.m., Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley told ESPN. LeBron James is scheduled to play at 1:45, according to Smiley. Yahoo previously reported James’ plans to return to Drew for the first time since 2011.
– Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 16, 2022
Although the two were supposed to play at different times, the decision to have them both play on the same day was…
Exciting? Strategy? Accidental? A message for the Lakers’ offices ‘and the Nets’?
Whatever it is, this is fun and will be a fun tease for Los Angeles Lakers fans. Expect a great performance.