Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:13 am
By Matt Moore
While the NBA and NBPA were slugging it out over, apparently, nothing Sunday night, Goodman League played Drew League in a rematch. This time the California-based Goodman League came out on top, but what made the narrow win more impressive is that they survived 105 points from John Wall and Kevin Durant. That's right. Kevin Durant scored 50 points, and he wasn't the top scorer on his own team. That's how ridiculous these exhibitions are. Here are the highlights including some of John Wall's as he dropped 55 points in the loss.
Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:26 pm
Posted by Royce Young
First, they played a really entertaining street ball game in Washington D.C. Then they planned for a rematch in Los Angeles. Then, it fell apart, with the Drew League claiming it was all the Goodman's fault.
Now? Now they're actually going to have a rematch. It's the Goodman League vs. the Drew, part two. This time from Los Angeles.
The Goodman's official Twitter feed sent this out on Monday: "The Most anticipated rematch in rematch history!.......October 9, 2011 Goodman vs. Drew League in L.A. California time and venue TBA!"
Most anticipated rematch? You sound like a UFC commerciai, Inside Da Gates. But it's true: People will certainly be looking forward to this, especially if Kobe Bryant were to make an appearance.
If you recall, the Goodman defeated the Drew on a controversial call that gave Kevin Durant two free throws which sealed it, 135-134. Goodman's team featured Durant, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Ty Lawson. The Drew had Brandon Jennings, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan and JaVale McGee, among other.
The Goodman already has another game lined up in Rucker Park for Oct. 1, but both those games could potentially fall apart if somehow a new collective bargaining agreement could get settled on. Which is what we all really want to see. These league versus league games are nice, but I think we're all a little bored with them now. They were fun for a while, but it's time for real basketball.
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:32 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Goodman-Drew, the rematch. It was supposed to be the most anticipated streetball game since the last most anticipated streetball game.
But it's not happening, according to th Drew League's Twitter account.
Not holding back on passing the buck there, eh Drew League? "It's not our fault! Blame the Goodman people!"
There was a lot of buzz that a rematch could be set for Sept. 15 in Los Angeles with maybe even Kobe Bryant joining the Drew for round two. But too bad for us, it's not going to happen, as of now at least. If you recall, the Goodman beat the Drew in Washington D.C. 135-134 but it came on a fairly controversial charge/block call on James Harden. Kevin Durant calmly sank two free throws to give the Goodman the win.
No word from the Goodman people though on it. I'm sure they'll have an explanation soon enough though.
Moved on though? I would assume that means the Drew is looking to book a different game. The Melo League team, perhaps? LeBron, Carmelo and CP3 versus the Drew guys, plus Kobe? That would be every bit as good as a Goodman rematch.
The Goodman's already moved ahead as it is looking to play at Rucker Park on Oct. 1.
I'd love to think this game got called off because it was looking like all the players would be in their NBA training camps, but that's just ridiculous, I know.
Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:22 am
By Matt Moore
Don't ask us why, because it seems like the worst idea ever, to us. Brandon Jennings really wants to start some sort of feud with Kobe Bryant.
It started about a month ago. Jennings posted the picture above on Twitter of himself in a t-shirt that read "nobody likes a snake," referencing Bryant's "Black Mamba" nickname of course. Jennings also made a comment about Bryant dropping 45 and saying he needed to play wherever Bryant was playing next.
Then Jennings backed off in an interview with HoopsHype, saying it was just a joke and that Kobe was the best player in the world. OK, then. No harm done, young fella.
Except on Monday, ESPN spoke with Jennings who said said Bryant shouldn't play for the L.A.-based Drew League in thei rematch against Goodman League, or any of the other organized exhibitions, because Bryant didn't grow up in L.A.
Brandon Jennings on Kobe: "He wasnt born and raised in LA. You gotta be from LA to play for Drew. Show me a birth certificate."via Twitter / @thechrispalmer: Brandon Jennings on Kobe: ....
Jennings defended the statement on Twitter later. He's not backing down from the assertion of determining who should and who should not play for Drew League. He was adamant that he's not saying Bryant shouldn't play in Drew, just not for them in any organized competition. Far be it from me to weigh in on who should and should not play in the streetball organizations' exhibitions, it just seems notable that a third-year player who regressed last season is calling out a Hall of Famer with five championship rings. But he's right, Bryant wasn't born in L.A.. In fact, if we're going there, Bryant's more suitable to play for Italy's Eurobasket team than any team stateside, outside of maybe a Philadelphia team.
Needless to say, Brandon Jennings is taking this summer by the horns, and that brash attitude he's been known for is in full flight. We'll see if he can back it up with his play from here on out.
Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:04 pm
By Matt Moore
After Kobe Bryant showed up and lit up Drew League two weeks ago, there began to be he hopes he'd make another appearance. With a scheduled rematch of the Drew League vs. Goodman League showdown in Los Angeles, Drew League officials immediately began talking about Bryant possibly participating. According to the L.A. Times that's going from more of just whispers to actual conversations.
With hopes that an earlier meeting will expedite the process in organizing an exhibition game in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 between the Drew League and Goodman League, Drew League officials plan to meet with Kobe Bryant's representatives at an undetermined location in Los Angeles at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a possible appearance.via Drew League's meeting with Kobe Bryant representatives pushed up to Tuesday - latimes.com.
Goodman won the first match 135-134 on account of some free throws from Kevin Durant and a missed game winner (and a call debated by the Drew League contingent). Adding Kobe Bryant would obviously tip the scales in favor of the Drew team, because, well, he's Kobe Bryant. It would also make for a much more profitable and promotable event (no offense, James Harden). Kevin Durant vs. Kobe Bryant? That's something that will sell tickets, and promoters, and streaming rights.
If the representatives can convince Bryant (who turns 33 today and who Laker fans wish would just chill out and rest up) to enter, it's a game changer for the next showdown.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:57 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 6:59 pm
By Matt Moore
Everybody says Kobe scored 45 points in Drew League this week. Except the Drew League. They say 43. Also, it turns out he called up, said he wanted to get in because Kevin Durant and LeBron James had already played, but the league was over, so they set up a special game for him at 2 o'clock on a Tuesday, then Bryant delayed it at the last minute. Such a cooperative guy, that Kobe Bryant.
But the other thing Kobe Bryant is? A terrific basketball player. As is evidenced by this game in which he scored 43 points. Here are all of them.
Kobe obviously felt like working on the spin move. I understand this isn't an organized game, but if you were on a team playing Kobe Bryant, wouldn't you bring a double? I'd bring a double. But then you don't get these highlights and a guady scoring total, which is what Drew League is really about. Anyway, it's a nice reminder of what we'll be missing come October.