HoopsHype Drew League rumors

September 8, 2011 Updates

Rather than play in L.A.'s fabled Drew League, Griffin secured an internship at Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Later in the summer Griffin returned to his alma mater for Oklahoma's "Legends Alumni Game," but instead of playing in the exhibition, he merely threw up the ceremonial tipoff to begin the game's second half and watched from the stands. ESPN.com

September 7, 2011 Updates

Roth said via telephone Tuesday night he was unaware of any such meeting.] But Smiley said he hopes the game will happen Oct. 1. Smiley said the proposed game would feature mostly high school, college and pro players who are L.A. natives. Although he doesn't have a confirmed list, Smiley sounded confident that Drew League regulars such as Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City's James Harden, Sacramento's Pooh Jeter, the Clippers' Craig Smith, Washington's JaVale McGee and Nick Young, and Golden State's Dorell Wright would make up part of the roster. Los Angeles Times

September 5, 2011 Updates

Unfortunately, those hoping for a rematch are going to be disappointed. A proposed second game, by some reports set for Sept. 10th at an undetermined venue in Los Angeles, is off as officials between the two leagues were unable to solve the logistical problems required to stage a sequel. "It's disappointing," said Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley, "because the original plan was to do the game out in D.C., then for the Goodman team to return to L.A. for the second one." ESPN.com

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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August 24, 2011 Updates

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

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