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Lakers' LeBron James Has NBA Twitter Hyped After Drew League Performance

Erin WalshJuly 16, 2022

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made his highly-anticipated return to the Drew League on Saturday, and he did not disappoint while suiting up alongside DeMar DeRozan for the MMV Cheaters against Black Pearl Elite.

But before James even arrived, fans were lining up outside King/Drew Magnet High School in South Central Los Angeles in hopes of getting the opportunity to watch the four-time NBA champion take the court.

buckets @buckets

hereโ€™s the line 2 1/2 hours before game 1 starts to catch lebron at the drew league for the 1st time since 2011 <a href="https://t.co/8YuHrBGAQE">pic.twitter.com/8YuHrBGAQE</a>

Anthony Gharib @GharibSports

The line to get into the Drew League to watch Kyrie Irving and LeBron James play. Fans are just starting to get in the gym. <a href="https://t.co/V27xiiQoKr">pic.twitter.com/V27xiiQoKr</a>

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

The line outside King/Drew Magnet High School in hopes to see Kyrie Irving and LeBron James play some hoops today <a href="https://t.co/obU9yNSPbT">pic.twitter.com/obU9yNSPbT</a>

The MMV Cheaters went on to defeat Black Pearl Elite 104-102, and James finished with 42 points, 16 rebounds and four steals in his first Drew League action since 2011, when he participated in the annual Pro-Am showcase amid the NBA lockout.

James' performance on Saturday had NBA Twitter buzzing. So, let's take a look at some of his highlights and social media reactions.

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

GO TIME. LeBron in the building at Drew League. <a href="https://t.co/Uytv49bhlS">pic.twitter.com/Uytv49bhlS</a>

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

The stands are PACKED as <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> makes his first appearance at the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> in over a decade ๐Ÿ˜ณ <a href="https://t.co/KM1q1nEQvU">pic.twitter.com/KM1q1nEQvU</a>

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA

Bron and DeMar at the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> looks WILD ๐Ÿ˜ฎ <a href="https://t.co/nMa4W7w0Sf">pic.twitter.com/nMa4W7w0Sf</a>

NBA @NBA

LeBron off the glass in warm-ups ๐Ÿ˜ฒ<br><br>See <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> action streaming now on <a href="https://t.co/Pqxh2ExSNm">https://t.co/Pqxh2ExSNm</a> and the NBA app <br><br>Watch Here: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/MBcrDKyodo">pic.twitter.com/MBcrDKyodo</a>

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

Hype <a href="https://t.co/Qu9UuxnANf">pic.twitter.com/Qu9UuxnANf</a>

NBA @NBA

HE'S READY!<br><br>Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> in the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> exclusively on the NBA App and <a href="https://t.co/Pqxh2ExSNm">https://t.co/Pqxh2ExSNm</a><br><br>Watch Now: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/3DyK3rvKGX">pic.twitter.com/3DyK3rvKGX</a>

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

oh god <a href="https://t.co/csYUEvpysW">pic.twitter.com/csYUEvpysW</a>

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

at least this #21 guy will have a fun story to tell <a href="https://t.co/vQPt60ww4Q">pic.twitter.com/vQPt60ww4Q</a>

NBA @NBA

You know the move, but you can't stop it!<br><br>Sidestep Bron ๐ŸŽฏ<br><br>Watch LeBron in <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> action Live Now on the NBA App: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/XovtaPeDh7">pic.twitter.com/XovtaPeDh7</a>

FanDuel @FanDuel

"Get out there and guard LeBron." <a href="https://t.co/8PAQNERkfS">pic.twitter.com/8PAQNERkfS</a>

Pardon My Take @PardonMyTake

Lebron at the Drew league <a href="https://t.co/Al4NY3Yn2h">pic.twitter.com/Al4NY3Yn2h</a>

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

How they guarding LeBron at Drew League <a href="https://t.co/f8Umjvodr6">pic.twitter.com/f8Umjvodr6</a>

Coach James๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น @JamesEdrick3

Still the Face of the NBA.. &amp; it ainโ€™t close <a href="https://t.co/CchL0OgEkV">pic.twitter.com/CchL0OgEkV</a>

NBA @NBA

๐Ÿ‘‘ coming through for the JAM<br><br>Watch Now on the NBA App: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/NdjJk85Yi4">pic.twitter.com/NdjJk85Yi4</a>

NBA @NBA

"LeFade"<br><br>Watch LeBron in the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> Live Now: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/8DfslobEpe">pic.twitter.com/8DfslobEpe</a>

NBA @NBA

LEBRON RIPPING IT DOWN ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’ช<br><br>Watch Live on NBA App: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/FtyCsv5ANS">pic.twitter.com/FtyCsv5ANS</a>

Ballislife.com @Ballislife

How it feels guarding LeBron ๐Ÿ‘€ <a href="https://t.co/kUchiH4qAp">pic.twitter.com/kUchiH4qAp</a>

NBA @NBA

๐ŸŒŸ <a href="https://twitter.com/QuavoStuntin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@QuavoStuntin</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Money23Green?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Money23Green</a> sitting courtside ๐Ÿ‘€<br><br>Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/DeMar_DeRozan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DeMar_DeRozan</a> in the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> Live Now on the NBA App<br><br>LIVE NOW: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZlVlEz7MH7">pic.twitter.com/ZlVlEz7MH7</a>

NBA @NBA

POSTER TIME ๐Ÿ‘‘<br><br>Watch LeBron in the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> Live Now: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/FP580iWVoK">pic.twitter.com/FP580iWVoK</a>

Ty Hill @cheetah

Lebron in the drew league tuff

Bruno Fernando @BrunoFernandoMV

Nahhh! Bron HIM HIM Fr!!<br>๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ <a href="https://t.co/UvQ0rIwOdP">https://t.co/UvQ0rIwOdP</a>

Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins

LEBRON JAMES = POWERFUL!!!

NBA @NBA

Baseline Fade... CA$H!<br><br>Watch LeBron in the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> Live Now on the NBA App: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/e6gG4Bhn55">pic.twitter.com/e6gG4Bhn55</a>

NBA @NBA

๐ŸŒ€ LeBron with some JELLY after the spin!<br><br>Watch Bron at the <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewLeague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewLeague</a> Live Now: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/WINDERJ67h">pic.twitter.com/WINDERJ67h</a>

NBA @NBA

DeMar to LeBron for the THROWDOWN โ€ผ<br><br>Watch Now on the NBA App: <a href="https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg">https://t.co/1wUvrXPTKg</a> <a href="https://t.co/GfbjaRFOnJ">pic.twitter.com/GfbjaRFOnJ</a>

Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz @LeBatardShow

A tradition like none other ๐Ÿ˜‚ <a href="https://t.co/Y9VcsuAcZy">pic.twitter.com/Y9VcsuAcZy</a>

There's really not much to say about James' performance other than it's what fans were hoping for and more. Though it was against lesser competition, it looks like he hasn't lost a step, and Lakers fans should be excited about the season ahead.

It's unclear if James will suit up in the Drew League again this summer, but even if he doesn't, basketball fans were reminded Saturday that the annual Pro-AM showcase is a whole lot of fun to watch.

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