HoopsHype Goodman League rumors


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

It is the mild-mannered Durant, the only NBA All-Star on either roster, flexing for the crowd after a coast-to-coast drive. It is streetball legends named “Money Mike” (no last name) and Baby Shaq Jones filling out the end of the bench. It is showmanship above all else, and in that, Saturday night delivered. “We put on a show,” said Wall, who added 28 points to the Goodman win. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about money. It’s about loving the game and wanting to play the game.” Of course, not everybody wanted to. Wizards swingman Nick Young, reportedly miffed because he wasn’t named the Drew League’s regular-season MVP, didn’t show. Neither did Kobe Bryant, whose presence was rumored after he dropped 43 points and the game-winning jumper in a Drew League game last week. “We tried to get him,” said Drew Leaguer DeMar DeRozan, a Toronto Raptors forward. “You pretty much have to catch Kobe at the right time and the right place.” San Antonio Express-News

On the final possession, Brandon Jennings was matched up against former No. 1 pick John Wall of the Wizards, who scored six of the Goodman League's final 10 points and dove head first into a group of photographers while going for a loose ball after sinking a jumper for that late three-point edge. Jennings, who led Drew with 34 points, settled for a long shot that missed. The rebound was corralled by Harden, who scored 29, along the left baseline with Durant in pursuit. Harden's game face was showing behind his full beard before the game, intensity that was not surprising considering the Los Angeles players paid their way to travel East. He said the battle to show which city has the best talent was "why we set this whole thing up. Both teams are going to play hard." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Though his Thunder teammate was in the next stall of lockers over, Harden made it clear they were not teammates on this day. "I don't want to hear nothing about that Kevin Durant or Thunder up," he said. "We're enemies." That was obvious in the final seconds as Durant swarmed Harden, forcing a double clutch shot that never reached its target as the long limbed forward from the D.C. suburbs got a piece of it. "It was a good battle, it was back and forth," said Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, another D.C. area native. "The L.A. team came back, made a game of it. In the end KD made the free throws and made the right plays. So did John Wall." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Not bad. But Durant was the MVP before the doors to the gym even opened. Essentially, he's the one who opened them, and everyone made sure to give him full credit for the basketball moment of Lockout Summer. "When a guy like Kevin Durant does something, with the power he has in the NBA and the power he will continue to have, it kind of makes things easier," said the San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal, who grew up in Aberdeen, Md., played collegiately at Towson and is a Goodman League regular. "It's kind of hard to have a game like this in the NBA if you don't have influence. But a guy like Kevin Durant can just get on the phone and call anybody. That's why this game is the way it is.” Sporting News

August 17, 2011 Updates

Bryant scored 43 points and hit a jumper at the buzzer to give his team a 129-127 victory Tuesday in Los Angeles. Afterward, Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley asked Bryant if he would like to represent the league in an exhibition against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Washington’s Goodman League on Saturday night in D.C. Smiley said Bryant, who could not be reached for comment, is considering playing. “We asked Kobe and he smiled at it, but he didn’t commit,” Smiley told Yahoo! Sports. “But if he comes, we will have a uniform waiting for him to represent Los Angeles – not D.C. Who knows? He likes drama and maybe he’ll show up to play for the Drew League. “He saw the atmosphere today. He enjoyed it. All he has to do is get there.” Yahoo! Sports

But now it appears that Beasley won’t be able to back up his claims. After teaming up with former Georgetown star Chris Wright for a victory at Barry Farm last week, Beasley said a scheduling conflict will prohibit him from playing in the contest that features two of the more prominent recreational basketball leagues in which several NBA players ply their trade in the offseason. With so much uncertainty surrounding the NBA lockout, there has been more attention placed on players participating in the summer league street-ball circuit. And Saturday’s contest between the Goodman League and the Drew League — billed as “Capital Punishment” — garnered some national publicity because of the number of players involved. Wizards players John Wall, Nick Young and JaVale McGee; Oklahoma City Thunder all-star Kevin Durant; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings; and Sacramento Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, among others, and a few playground legends have committed to take part. Washington Post

Even with Beasley out, the Goodman League team has plenty of talent with Durant, Wall, Cousins, Evans, Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal, Kings forward Donte Greene and Memphis Grizzlies players Josh Selby and Sam Young. Goodman League regulars Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones, Emanuel “Duce” Jones and Warren “D-Nice” Jefferson round out the team. The Drew League will have Young, McGee, Jennings, Oklahoma City guard James Harden, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Craig Smith of the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets guard Marcus Banks. Golden State Warriors forward Dorell Wright, who helped organize the event, had to back out because of a wedding. Washington Post

Bryant would finish with 45 points and arguably the most exciting game-winning shot of the summer. It wasn't long before Bryant was a trending topic on Twitter and video of his shot circulated around the internet. While his performance generated plenty of buzz, there was even more talk about whether or not he would play in the showdown between the Drew League and Goodman League this Saturday. HoopsWorld

As of late Sunday, the Goodman-Shaw League showdown was still on for next Saturday at Washington, D.C.'s Trinity University. The confirmed participants were, for the Goodman (D.C.) squad, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Gary Neal, Michael Beasley, Grizzlies rookie Josh Selby and forward Sam Young, Kings big men DeMarcus Cousins and Donte Greene, And1 star Hugh (Baby Shaq) Jones and D.C. guard Warren (D-Nice) Jefferson. The Shaw (L.A.) League has commitments from Brandon Jennings, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Dorell Wright, Nick Young, JaVale McGee and Pooh Jeter. Durant warmed up for the battle this past weekend by leading his Madness team to the Goodman championship game on Sunday with 44 points. The Shaw game will end a whirlwind summer of playing for the Thunder's superstar, who told the Washington Post he's set an October 1 deadline for deciding whether he'll play abroad if the lockout continues into the regular season. NBA.com

The Wizards' John Wall was, as of last Friday, still looking to find suitable insurance to play in the Goodman-Shaw game, which has been the subject of woofing on both sides via Twitter and Facebook for weeks. Wall's presence would add to the Goodman League's list of marquee names and provide additional backcourt flexibility with Lawson and Neal. More importantly, Wall is beloved in D.C. already, even after just one year with the still-woeful Wizards. Fans that may not be able to afford to see him at Verizon Center next season would like to see him this weekend. NBA.com

August 16, 2011 Updates

Chris Palmer: Rumor that Kobe will play in Drew vs. Goodman showdown on Saturday. Likely just a ploy to generate buzz for the game. Working. Twitter

August 8, 2011 Updates
August 3, 2011 Updates

Alex Kennedy: The Drew League vs. Goodman League showdown will be streamed online at http:/…. It will cost you $4.99. ago Alex Kennedy: While paying for an online stream may seem ridiculous, this is the closest thing to NBA action that basketball fans will see for awhile. Goodman: Kevin Durant, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, Mike Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Ty Lawson, Donte Green, Gary Neal, Josh Selby, Sam Young. Team Drew: Brandon Jennings, DeMar DeRozan, JaVale McGee, James Harden, Nick Young, Craig Smith, Pooh Jeter, Bobby Brown, Marcus Williams. Twitter

July 19, 2011 Updates

Welcome to the Goodman League. “Durant says all the time, this is where he gets his toughness at,” said Anthony Davidson. “If you can play in front of these fans, you can play anywhere.” Better known as “Wing,” Davidson has been a regular since 1997 and is the videographer for the Goodman League. “These fans expect a lot. They don’t want to just see you show up,” Davidson said. “When Gilbert [Arenas] first came down here, he thought the people just wanted to see him out here. He was just being lackadaisical. We had to tell him, ‘They want to see you play.’ “ For NBA players, the Barry Farms fans have some high standards. “The street guys love to go at NBA players,” Davidson said. “Everybody has a name here. Names don’t mean nothing until you do it here.” Washington Times

A so-called Barry Farms “season ticket holder,” Charles Holmes is a lifelong D.C. resident who’s been coming to Barry Farms since 2000 and helps as a volunteer. “I usually get here early, set up the chairs for the people,” Holmes said. “I usually have 10 or 12 people with me. We go to all the games, and we’re here to support the teams. “We have a lot of good athletes who came out of here. A lot of guys who started here are now in the NBA - Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Michael Beasley. It’s a great steppingstone for the guys in the city. We even had a couple of guys get looked at who got scholarships to D-II schools, so it helps everybody,” Holmes said. Washington Times

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