HoopsHype Drew League rumors

September 3, 2011 Updates

The Drew League wanted a rematch — Drew lost by 1 point, there was questionable officiating, and the Drew League guys were never told you can’t even foul out of the game. A couple of days ago, the Drew League tweeted that the rematch was coming. Not so much. The rematch is not happening, according to the official Drew League twitter account. Drew kept our promise but Goodman League did not so as of right now there will NOT be a rematch game in LA. We have moved on so stay tune. Dont worry we figured they was gonna flake out, we already have other things line up, i will keep you guys posted! NBCSports.com

September 1, 2011 Updates

There are details to iron out, but the Drew League reports there will be a rematch between the L.A.-based summer league and the Washington, D.C.-based Goodman League. "Just got the Word, There will be a Drew vs. Goodman Game here in LA," the Drew League posted on Twitter. A date has not been set yet. Los Angeles Times

August 31, 2011 Updates

Durant scored 59 points, but for most of the night, it felt like watching the Eastern Conference Finals, when James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to make Derrick Rose resemble a helpless one-way show. Rawls mentioned during the third quarter that Durant was “doing everything but cleaning the floor” but he couldn’t outscore James, Paul and Anthony all alone. Washington Post

Durant lost the game, but continued to add to his burgeoning street ball reputation, after earlier scoring 66 points at Rucker Park, then having 44 in the Goodman League’s win over the Drew League on Aug. 20. His cross-country exploits have caught the attention of players all over the league. “Durant’s gone on a rampage this summer,” Anthony said. “I told him to ‘Slow down.’ Because every other night I see him in a different city playing. But that’s just the love of the game that he’s got, and I respect that. I’m glad he actually showed up and played in this game, too.” “We’ve been following KD all summer, going to all these games,” Paul said. Washington Post

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The details remain scarce about what transpired during Tuesday's meeting between Drew League officials and Kobe Bryant's representatives regarding Bryant's possible appearance in a proposed rematch in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 between the Drew League and Goodman League. Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports Agency, didn't respond to calls and an email for comment. Drew League Commissioner Oris "Dino" Smiley didn't answer multiple phone calls. And Fred Smith, a longtime television cameraman and producer who helped the Drew League organize an exhibition game last weekend between the two teams at Washington, D.C.'s Trinity University, referred to his website's Twitter account via text when asked to provide details about the meeting. Los Angeles Times

August 22, 2011 Updates

Though plans are far from definitive, Drew League officials intend to meet with Kobe Bryant's representatives Wednesday to discuss a possible appearance in a proposed exhibition game in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 between the Drew League and Goodman League. That's according to Fred Smith, a longtime television cameraman and producer who helped the Drew League organize an exhibition game this past weekend between the two teams at Washington, D.C.'s Trinity University. "We only have three weeks and I think it’s going to be challenging, honestly," Smith said. "But we’ll see what we can do." Los Angeles Times

Early in the third quarter of his team’s 135-134 victory over the Los Angeles-based Drew League, Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls looked down at the opponent to his right and said, “It’s a long flight to L.A. with an ‘L’ on the chest.” The words elicited laughter from the crowd but seemed to fire up the players from the left coast as they immediately overcame a double-digit deficit to eventually take the lead as James Harden drove and dunked and Brandon Jennings, scored, flipped on his back and later danced. The visitors silenced the stunned overflow crowd until Wizards point guard John Wall and District native Kevin Durant brought back the Goodman League -- Wall with his quick feet and nifty passes; Durant with his high-flying dunks -- and set up a thrilling finish. Washington Post

The intensity for a supposed summer league exhibition perhaps exceeded what many of the participants had expected, but also spoke to the pride that was at stake for players who earn their reputations on the asphalt at Barry Farm or the indoor gym that Washington Park. Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins used his big body to pound Wizards center JaVale McGee on back-to-back dunks in the first half, local street ball legend Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones exchanged some words with Los Angeles Clippers forward Craig Smith and Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Harden threw aside all pleasantries as they staged an often physical duel at Trinity University. “That’s why we set this whole thing up. Both teams are going to play hard,” said Harden, who scored 34 points. “I don’t want hear nothing about that Kevin Durant, Thunder up. We’re enemies right now.” Washington Post

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