The signature moment of LeBron James' surprise summer league appearance on Saturday at the Drew League in South Los Angeles was when the Miami Heat superstar flew down the lane unimpeded and threw down a windmill dunk that promptly brought the house down.
The guy who had the assist on the play was Long Beach State forward Edis Dervisevic. After the play, 49ers teammate Casper Ware, the reigning Big West player of the year, couldn't help but crack a smile at the sight of it.
From Gazette Newspapers:
"It was a fun experience," said Ware via text on Saturday. "The best summer memory." Ware didn’t get a chance to talk to James, who was mobbed after the conclusion of the contest, a 96-90 win for their team, but his game did some talking of its own. Ware dropped 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals, and says he had a pair of assists to James. LeBron finished with 30 points 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
Not only did Ware get to showcase his skills alongside LeBron, but Dervisevic must have gotten one of the great thrills of his life when he scored off an old-fashioned two-man pick-and-roll play with King James and got fouled.
That's why you play in pick-up games sometimes. You never know who's going to show up.
James' appearance was made possible by Baron Davis, who served as guest coach for the Cheaters II team while a standing room-only crowd watched in wonder. According to ESPN Los Angeles, the police even had to order the doors to the gym shut so people wouldn't block the exits.
Davis is active in the Los Angeles community, and James wanted to give back as well.
"Myself and B.D., we don't do anything for the cameras," James said afterward. "It's all about giving back to the inner city, giving back to these kids."