Introducing Basketball Legends of California's Famous 'Drew League'

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Introducing Basketball Legends of California's Famous 'Drew League'
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It's tempting to believe Kevin Durant cameos and James Harden heroics are the stuff Drew League legends are made of. Those are usually the things that get the most press, namely because they're names we know.

But it's some of the names we may not know that have been most instrumental in making the Drew League what it is today. What they've lacked in fame, they've more than made up for with demonstrative skill—and plenty of highlights. Since 1973, the Drew's been connecting players of all stripes, from established stars to kids looking to get noticed. It's been as much about building community in Los Angeles as it has anything career-driven.

In short, the Drew League has been the ideal respite from a high-stakes NBA season. It's there that classic and cutting-edge ballers alike have forged cross-generational bonds, forming a local identity even as the game's popularity has exploded globally.

Icons like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James may be the reasons we originally heard about the league, but guys like Raymond Lewis and Casper Ware Sr. were defining street ball in Southern California before most of today's stars were born.

Even legends fly under the radar sometimes.

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