Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tops list of NBA players with busy offseasons

ByBrianna Williams ESPN logo
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

LeBron James' offseason was perhaps highlighted by his surprise showing in the Drew League, where he took the floor with Chicago Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan on the MMV Cheaters.

It was the Los Angeles Lakers star's first appearance at the L.A.-based pro-am summer basketball league in over a decade and he posted a 42 point, 16 rebound statline en route to a 104-102 win.

His offseason remains a popular topic, as he made an Instagram post of a workout he completed at the Lakers' practice facility with his sons, Bronny and Bryce.

James has been vocal about his desire to play with his oldest son. Bronny is set to begin his senior season at Sierra Canyon High School in the fall, and Bryce will be a sophomore.

"My last year will be played with my son," James said to The Athletic in February. "Wherever Bronny is at, that's where I'll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It's not about the money at that point."

The video showed the three of them completing various drills, including a trio of dunks.

But James isn't the only NBA player with interesting offseason activities. From star-studded nuptials to movie premieres and more, players around the association have been quite busy this summer.

Golden State Warriors,Stephen Curry

Curry continued the break from his day job with a side gig hosting this year's ESPYS.

"I've had the pleasure of attending The ESPYS but never imagined I'd have the privilege of hosting this special event," Curry said in a statement. "As someone who loves the intersection of sports and entertainment, I look forward to delivering an exciting show for the fans while we celebrate the athletes who created the top moments of the year."

He is the ninth athlete to host the award show.

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

Brown's aquatic workout is an interesting way to prepare for the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

On June 24, "Rise," an original film that documents Antetokounmpo's family's journey, was released on Disney+.

The premiere was also a family affair. Brothers Francis, Thanasis and Kostas were alongside the six-time All-Star.

DeMar DeRozan,Chicago Bulls

The player from Southern California,a Drew League staple, scored 39 points in his debut for the summer pro-am league and later joined James on the MMV Cheaters.

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

In one of the more niche activities, the 6-foot-11 center built a life-size Lego statue of himself as Darth Vader from Star Wars. Turner went viral for his hobby in March.

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Love tied the knot with Canadian model Kate Bock, and teammates present and past were in attendance.

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns

Paul was back in New Orleans, where he was drafted in 2005, to attend the Essence Festival. The NBA vet and HBCU advocate discussed Season 3 of the ESPN+ series Why Not Us, which premieres Aug. 11 and will follow the Southern University Fabulous Dancing Dolls.

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