Drew League Rumors
Brandon Jennings put on a show at the Drew League in LA this weekend, dropping 57 points and dishing out some pretty sweet assists. After all was said and done, his team won 107-84, and the point guard took off his jersey and laid it in the middle of the court.
Free agent Nick Young aka ‘Swaggy P,’ who spent last season with the Lakers, played alongside him. The two are friends and often go through offseason workouts together in L.A. (Note: The league is sponsored by Nike, who both George and Young endorse. That’s likely part of the reason the two showed up.)
Pacers swingman Paul George made a surprise appearance at the Drew League, the infamous Pro Am league in Los Angeles, George’s home base for the summer.
Arash Markazi: Derrick Rose is not at the Drew League and will not be playing obviously. In other news, Clipper Darrell is here.
The Drew League in Los Angeles kicked off its 40th anniversary season last week. Rapper The Game, who has a team in the league called Money Gang, as well as former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson were amongst those in a attendance for the opening week. Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas played and scored 28 points in a win for his team, MHP, last week.
Many of the NBA players, who aren’t in the NBA Finals, are trying to stay fit and improve their game by playing in the famous Los Angeles Drew League. One of those players is New Orleans Hornets forward Trevor Ariza, who was the victim of a killer crossover that sent him to the ground.
Basketball fans envision the epic battle and indefatigably debate its enigmatic outcome. NBA players, whom regularly play with both men, are no different. In one of a series of interviews at the Drew League vs. Goodman League rematch last month at Long Beach State, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant said Bryant would win. “He’s probably the best one-on-one player in the game,” Durant said.
Wall is still on his rookie deal, so whatever agreement the NBA strikes with the union would greatly affect how much money he makes in his first contract extension. “I’m a young person so I’m looking down the road to see what I can make and what I can do with it,” Wall said. The owners “tried to give us a 45 percent deal. It’s not even all about the percentages it’s about the system. . . . I know they were trying to talk 50/50 but 53 percent is where we’re going to stick at.”
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.
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.”
Barnes said he talked to Lakers teammate and union President Derek Fisher on Sunday and was aware of the eleventh-hour meeting taking place in New York to avoid cancellation of NBA regular-season games. There will be more meetings Monday. “The situation we’re in, we’re not about to lock ourselves into something that takes precedence over the younger guys — the guys in high school, in college and the rookies,” said Barnes, who took the game seriously enough to be assessed a technical foul, as did Wall. “So we’ve got to leave them in good hands, just like the older players left us.”
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.”
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.
After scrapping plans for a Drew League-Goodman League rematch, Commissioner Oris “Dino” Smiley said he will meet with AEG officials Wednesday to discuss a possible Drew League All-Star game taking place on a grandstand court at L.A. Live. Though he asked for more information about the meeting, AEG spokesman Michael Roth didn’t return multiple phone calls and emails Tuesday seeking comment.
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!
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.
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.”
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.