Drew League Rumors

John Wall does not want the players union to back down on Monday when it engages in a last-ditch bargaining session with the NBA. After scoring 55 points in the Goodman League’s 151-144 loss to the Drew League at Long Beach State, Wall told Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk that he hoped the National Basketball Players Association would hold firm at accepting no less than 53 percent of basketball-related income. The players received 57 percent of basketball-related income in the previous collective bargaining agreement but NBA commissioner David Stern has pushed for a 50-50 split of revenues for the players and the owners. Neither side has shown a willingness to budge much more, but Stern has pledged to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if the two sides cannot come to a resolution this afternoon.
They have been locked out by the NBA for 101 days and have been staging these games all over the country, this one Sunday in front of a packed house. “I love to play the game and they are taking that away from us,” Durant said about the NBA owners. “But we’re going to stick together as players. We’re not just going to take any deal.” The Drew League players wore T-shirts that read, “The Big Payback,” referring to having lost, 135-134, in August to the Goodman League, which wore T-shirts that read, “Basketball Never Stops.”
By the way, the Drew League got the payback, winning 151-144, behind Harden’s 48 points. Durant, an All-Star with the Thunder, finished with 50 and Wall had 55. “I like playing in these games because it shows the fans how much we appreciate them and that we want to play games,” said Durant, who played in an exhibition game Saturday night in Miami. “But we want to play and not be locked out.”
But apparently, the battle for bragging rights was enough to convince Gay that he would participate in the next show to determine which coast has the best players. After weeks of wrangling and tense negotiations, the Goodman League-Drew League rematch will finally take place on Sunday at Long Beach State University and Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls confirmed that Gay would join forces with Durant, Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley, Sam Young and Donte Greene. Gay, Durant and Wall are also expected to participate in another exhibition game hosted by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Saturday at Florida International University in Miami, but Rawls said all three would complete the difficult back-to-back set. They will meet a fired-up Drew League team eager for revenge and featuring Harden, Jennings, Nick Young, Derrick Williams, DeMar Derozan, Dorell Wright, Craig Smith, Marcus Banks and Ryan Hollins.
After weeks of wrangling and posturing, the Drew League will get its rematch in Los Angeles with the Goodman League, as the two sides finally came together on a date that could work — Oct. 9 — so long as there is no progress made on the NBA labor front. The rematch appeared unlikely two weeks ago, when Drew League Commissioner Dino Smiley and Goodman League Commissioner Miles Rawls couldn’t even agree on why they couldn’t organize another game. “I called Dino. I was like, ‘Let’s get this rematch on the road,’ “ Rawls said in a telephone interview. “He said, ‘My guys are ready.’ I said, ‘Find a date, and I’ll get my guys. Let’s make it happen.’
After much waiting and anticipation, there will finally be a rematch between the Los Angeles based Drew League and the Goodman League of Washington D.C. The game will take place on Oct. 9 in Los Angeles at Cal State Dominguez. The time is tentatively set for 5:30 p.m. PT. Longtime Drew League commissioner Drew Smiley confirmed the news and date to ESPNLosAngeles.com. The first meeting on Aug. 21 in D.C. saw the Goodman League squad, fueled by 44 points and a pair of clutch free throws from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, eke out a 135-134 victory. Since then, fans and participants alike have been clamoring to see these squads meet up again. After a series of scheduling conflicts, a mutually agreeable time was finally discovered.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
A lot of those points came against James, with the two players repeatedly going back and forth and scoring two and three baskets in a row against one another. “I have so much respect for LeBron,” Durant said. “He’s one of the greatest players in this league . . . so to have that type of opportunity to play against him, and just work on what I’ve been working on all summer, it was fun.”