Drake made an appearance at the CIFSS Southern Open Division Boys Basketball Final yesterday, held just south of the border. The event was notable for being the debut of Bronny James, eldest son of LeBron James and a player on the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers, who are two-time defending champions. The basketball playoff turned into a star-studded affair with many celebrities attending, including Drake’s son Adonis, LeBron’s Lakers teammates J.R. Smith and Jared Dudley, Indiana Pacer Cassius Stanley, NCAA players Scottie Barnes and Brandon Boston, rapper G Herbo, and of course, LeBron James himself.
The Trailblazers had an impressive track record of 15-0 and were all set to enter the sectional finals for the fourth consecutive year. Unfortunately, their star player, Bronny, got injured in February and had to sit out for most of the regular season. Despite this setback, he was able to score 7 points in the 15 minutes he played during the game. In his absence, Amari Bailey stepped up and scored an impressive 33 points. However, despite their best efforts, the Corona Centennial team emerged as the winners with a score of 80-72. Amari Bailey, who is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, has committed to playing for the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team after graduating from high school. Fans on social media cannot stop talking about Drake and LeBron’s ecstatic reaction to Bailey’s amazing dunk towards the end of the game.
Bailey’s mood was lifted by two well-known individuals who not only let him down but also gave him hope through their words of support. Drake spoke to Bailey after his defeat and shared his own struggles before achieving success, advising him to keep a positive outlook. Additionally, LeBron James reminded Bailey of his own experience losing the finals on his home turf but returning stronger the following year to win the championship. You can watch the heartwarming interaction by checking out videos from SLAM and other outlets.