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Video: LeBron James shows up, shows out at Drew League

Jul 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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LeBron James is often thought to be too “above” things. He definitely gives that vibe of superiority, which is one of the reasons he’s so despised currently. He said he’d be in the dunk contest, then no-showed. He rarely shows up at “average fan” events, and runs in exclusive circles. He pulls that whole “rock star” life.  But apparently he made an exception this weekend.

James showed up at Drew League in California and instead of just hanging out and acting too cool for school, James threw on a jersey and then threw down on everyone. He put on a show and later talked about how the best part was being there for the kids. Maybe most impressive, though, was the impact he made on his teammates and how he actually didn’t big-time them. From Yahoo! Sports:

“It was a great experience to just play with a guy like that,” said Casper Ware, a senior guard at Long Beach State who played on James’ team Saturday. “He was still passing even though he was LeBron. He just wanted me to play my game. He told me, ‘Don’t stand around and just throw me the ball. Play your game. I can get mine. Play your game and don’t change for me.’“

He was very cool and down to earth. You could talk to him like any other player.”

via James plays game at Drew League – NBA – Yahoo! Sports.

That’s the kind of James you wish we’d see more of. Oh, and here’s the James we tend to see a lot of:

Sidenote: How strange is it that Baron Davis, the former L.A. movie making star turned contract liability for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the guy bringing LeBron to the stage? That’s an oddly appropriate pairing if there ever was one.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    that windmill dunk was sick

  2. thetooloftools - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Not two… not three not four 5 hahaha
    how about NONE
    LeBron. your a joke waiting to happen.
    you killed you own brand.

    • secdominance - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      “you’re” “not your”. I guess your grammar is a joke

    • b7p19 - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      Boom, you’ve been grammarized…

  3. goforthanddie - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    “Maybe most impressive, though, was the impact he made on his teammates and how he actually didn’t big-time them. ”

    He can’t big-time anyone after that Finals flame-out.

  4. diablito0402 - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    I love reading about lechoke because hes controvercial, but its funny the way these blogs keep writing about a bunch of nobodys who haven’t won anything such as bron bron.. But i understand hes the hottest nobody out there right now, with the finals debacle and all…

  5. secdominance - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    LeBron “gives that vibe of superiority”. According to who, you? You’re the final say on who gives off a vibe of superiority? Get over yourself

  6. ezwriter69 - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    That LeBron is always at his best at a time like this when it means the most…

    • goforthanddie - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Ouchies.

  7. mgp1219 - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    LeBroad had to make himself feel good by schooling inferior players.
    Give me a break.

    Not one,…not ever.

  8. addict2sport - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Definitely good to see him take part in something like this. But, gotta love his whole, I don’t do anything for the cameras quote. Can’t exactly say he won’t do “anything.” How about his intros and on-court celebrations, not counting Finals of course. The Decision and the dance routine with DWade and the other dude after signing weren’t for the cameras? Hmmm really….really???

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