Drew League Cancels 2020 Season Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2020

LONG BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 09: Kevin Durant of the Goodman League warms up prior to the rematch game against the Drew League at Cal State Long Beach on October 9, 2011 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
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The Drew League announced Wednesday it has canceled the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The summer basketball league has featured a combination of professional and amateur players competing in Los Angeles, dating back to its first season in 1973.

Some of the sport's biggest stars have competed in the event in recent years, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant and James Harden, among others.

NBA veteran Nick Young helped his team, the Most Hated Players, win the 2019 title alongside Shannin Sharpe and G League player Elijah Stewart.

"It has provided a platform for intense competition, showcased some of the sport's greatest talent, and gathered a beautiful community to celebrate their shared love for the game," Drew League Commissioner Chaniel Smiley said in a statement. "The health and safety of that very community is of the utmost importance to us all."

The coronavirus has already led to the cancellation of other notable basketball events at all levels throughout the summer, including the NCAA College Basketball Academy filled with high school prospects. The G League Elite Camp, featuring prospects hoping to showcase themselves ahead of the NBA draft, was also canceled, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

The 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended since March 11, and there is no official date for a return.

The Drew League is expected to return in 2021.