Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has done a good job of staying busy during the NBA lockout. He has done a lot of traveling and participated in several charitable events, but most noticeably he has played in a few organized basketball games in different parts of the country. The first game he played was more of a local thing, taking place in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, which is not that far southeast from Cleveland.
In that game, the Chris Chambers City Classic, LeBron represented his hometown of Akron and led his team to an 81-66 victory. The following week he found himself on a court in Los Angeles, California to play in the Drew League. Playing for a team coached by Baron Davis of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James again led his team to a win.
His next appearance in one of these summer games would be on a much larger stage. Joining a team featuring other NBA stars (Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony amongst others), LeBron's Baltimore team defeated Kevin Durant's Washington DC team 149-141. If you couldn't tell by the score, this was a game that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed as Durant put up a whopping 59 points while James dropped in 32.
That game took place on August 30th and there hasn't been much going on for LeBron since. That is going to change though as news came out on Tuesday that James would be joining the guys he played with in Baltimore last month in a game deemed ‘The Battle for I-95". It will feature a team from Philadelphia up against a team from the Washington-Baltimore area.
LeBron will be joined by Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, creating one of the scariest starting lineups you'll see outside of an All-Star game or the Olympics. The four will be part of the Washington-Baltimore team and go up against a group of NBA players that are based in the greater Philadelphia area. That team will include John Salmons, Kyle Lowry, Hakim Warrick, Lou Williams and several other players from around the association, as well as a pair of guys taken in the 1st round of this summers draft.
The game will take place at the Palestra in Philly on September 25th, with tipoff scheduled for 6pm. The game will be streamed live online so we'll all be able to see it. In the (unfortunately) unlikely case that the NBA and Players' Union reach an agreement to end the lockout between now and then, the game wont impact the beginning of Miami Heat training camp, set to begin on October 3rd.