It’s not often that arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time stops by the gym for a run of pro-am basketball on a summer Saturday afternoon, but that’s exactly what LeBron James did yesterday. A day earlier, there was an increasing buzz that James would make his return to Los Angeles’ Drew League, in which he last played in 2011. James teamed up with Compton native and Drew League regular DeMar DeRozan for the MMV Cheaters, and things went about as expected. The two combined for 72 points, James accounting for 42 of those, to edge by Black Pearl Elite 104-102. However, the story wasn’t only James’ seemingly endless highlight reel from the evening, but also the bright pink sneakers he wore for the game.
As we reported for Complex last month, that shoe is, in fact, the upcoming Nike LeBron 20. The low-top is a marked departure from the usual direction of James’ signature line and falls more in line with the Ambassador 13 that James has preferred for the better part of the last season and half. A mesh-like build is highlighted by displaced Swoosh branding and chunky Max Air cushioning, a James line staple, is noticeably absent. These shots from the game also reveal a metallic ‘XX’ dubrae on the laces, providing further confirmation that this is the next signature model.
There’s currently no announced timetable for the LeBron 20’s release, but we’ll continue to follow-up with any updates in the months ahead.