King James returns to Seattle.
In a tweet that quickly went viral Friday afternoon, Jamal Crawford announced that LeBron James will make his debut in The CrawsOver Pro-Am League at Seattle Pacific University on Saturday.
“I thought it was going to be a movie… now it’s HISTORY! This is going to be a day like we’ve never seen before,” Crawford wrote on his Twitter account.
James confirmed his appearance with a retweet that read: “Seattle let’s get it!! Been over 15 years since I got back and played ball! Well, the wait is almost over!! The king is back!”
Crawford also said Atlanta Hawks security guard Dejounte Murray, former Washington Huskies star Isaiah Thomas and Milwaukee Bucks rookie MarJon Beauchamp will make their summer debuts on Saturday.
Crawford tweeted late Friday night that Celtics star Jayson Tatum will also play Saturday.
Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren, who became #1 and #2 respectively in the 2022 NBA draft, will be appearing on The CrawsOver for a second time, according to Crawford’s tweet.
A series of four matches at SPU starts at 1pm and entry is free as there are no tickets available.
According to a campus official, fans began lining up in the tents outside the doors of the Royal Brougham Pavilion Friday night. For those who can’t get in it will be streamed on NBA.com.
Three weeks ago, Banchero and Holmgren were the headliners, drawing a capacity crowd of 2,650 and an equally massive crowd of spectators outside the building unable to enter.
This year, Crawford has drawn several NBA players to his pro-am, including Trae Young, Jaden McDaniels, John Collins and Dalen Terry.
James is the biggest star to compete since Chris Paul starred in 2020.
In 2013, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving made memorable appearances that helped establish the CrawsOver as one of the premier summer destinations on the West Coast.
James last played in Seattle on January 16, 2007, when he had 30 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 101-96 loss to the Sonics.
It’s been a busy summer for the Los Angeles Lakers star who played in the Drew League last month, scoring 42 points in his first game in front of an audience since his 2021-22 NBA season was cut short due to injury.
Earlier this week, James and the Lakers reached a two-year extension worth $97.1 million, making him the highest-earning NBA player in league history with $532 million in career-guaranteed money.
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