WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game
The 2017-2018 NBA season is still a good two months away, but LeBron James is already itching for some hardwood action.
The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player recently made known on Twitter his desire to return to the court after a lengthy off season.
“Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!,” he wrote last week.
Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2017
“The King” got his wish granted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he hopped on his private jet and played in a glorified pick-up game in Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.
As seen in now viral Instagram posts, LeBron put in some off-season work and played a scrimmage with fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.
Simply for the love of the game‼️ M7 @academy.basketball BlackOut Session 2️⃣ // @kingjames @carmeloanthony @easymoneeysniper @teamswish @mrlance42 @eneskanter11 @dahntay1 @chrissmith500 @otn_hami @nickrichards_ @draper11 @marshallplumlee40 // 📸 @harrington1313 // 🏆 @mark.starkey 🏆// Check out the @academy.basketball page for more exclusive footage‼️
His Cleveland Cavaliers teammates JR Smith and Dahntay Jones were present as well, along with Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, among others.
A source who watched the spirited game told ESPN that James played for two hours, then casually flew back to Ohio to attend a LeBron James Family Foundation function.
“He just has a love for basketball,” the source described James, adding that he might even organize another pickup game in Los Angeles, California, in the coming weeks. Khristian Ibarrola /ra
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