HoopsHype Goodman League rumors

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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Entering this game, the Melo League is the likely favorite and not just because they’ll have home court advantage at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. They have a star-studded group that is sure to attract plenty of attention. The Melo League will be represented by Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Josh Selby, Gary Neal and Donte Greene. The Goodman League will be represented by Kevin Durant, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, DeMarcus Cousins and Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones. HoopsWorld

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

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

Sources near the Goodman League in DC say there has also been talk of a Seattle stop in the Goodman League’s future, as well as a possible multi-game tournament in Las Vegas featuring both leagues. If you are planning to attend, don’t expect the frills of a NBA games, you may see exciting play, but keep in mind a lot of the process is being invented on the fly and this format may not every existing again once a labor deal is reach, so enjoy it while you can the players involved seem committed to playing the games are frequently as they can. HoopsWorld

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

August 21, 2011 Updates

With no Gregg Popovich around to call his number and no Manu Ginobili to set him up, Neal figured his chances of standing out in the exhibition between two legendary summer pro-am leagues — Los Angeles’ Drew League and the D.C.-based Goodman League — were slim. His spot-up game isn’t built for streetball, even streetball played indoors. “No, not at all,” said Neal, a Spurs guard and Baltimore native who played for the Goodman team. “My point guards are (Denver’s) Ty Lawson and (Washington’s) John Wall. Just have to hope they’re in a distributing mood.” They weren’t. Neal finished with six points, 38 shy of the 44 pumped in by NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant, who earned MVP honors in Goodman’s 135-134 victory. San Antonio Express-News

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