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: September 2, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 1:30 pm
Posted by Royce Young
It just wouldn't be right if in during all this league vs. league stuff that the legendary Rucker Park didn't get involved. No more, says the official Twitter account of the Goodman.
Breaking News!!!…..Goodman vs. EBC Rucker Park game tenative date is October 1, 2011 in New York….details coming….Stay Tuned!October 1... but, but isn't that when training camps will be under way and preseason games are just around the corner? Yeah right. The lockout's going to to ruin everything and there won't be any NBA basketball ever. So this Oct. 1 game between Rucker and the Goodman might be as good as it gets until, well, until someone organizes the next one.
There aren't rosters or names attached to this yet and there's a good chance it might not even feature NBA players. I'm sure Kevin Durant will want to play in it because really, it could be a pickup game at your local church and if Durant heard about it, he'd be there. But he's got a special tie to Rucker now with that 66-point legendary performance.
But with the game at Rucker, it's going to be good no matter who plays. It's a historical place and there will be an ample amount of buzz surrounding it. There aren't a ton of NBA players that really call Rucker "home" so I don't even have any good guesses as to who that roster could include, but it's going to be quality hoops and I'm sure a few big names with be sure to attach themselves to it.
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 30, 2011 10:21 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 1:42 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Over the weekend, we noted that an exhibition game chock full of NBA All-Stars was about to go down in Baltimore, Maryland. On Tuesday night, that game went down in a big way.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans guard Chris Paul all suited up in an exhibition game between the Washington, D.C.-based Goodman League and the Baltimore-based Melo League. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played at St. Frances Academy, had to be moved to Morgan State University to accomodate demand.
The Washington Post reported before the game that tickets were going for as much as $100, an amazing sum when you consider that this is a summer exhibition game but a perfectly reasonable amount because players like James and Durant so rarely get the opportunity to face off head-to-head.
The Melo League team -- featuring James, Anthony and Paul, as well as San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal and Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby -- emerged triumphant over Durant's Goodman League team -- also featuring Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green and Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye -- by a final score of 149-141. The headliner, though, was Durant, who stole the show by dropping an eye-popping 59 points, according to the Sporting News.
That scoring explosion, in front of a sold out crowd of more than 4,000, continues a summer of love for Durant, who scored 66 points at New York City's Rucker Park in early August.
Durant seemed to shrug off his explosion after the game. "Basketball is all about winning," he tweeted.
James added 38 and Anthony had 36 for the Melo League, according to the Washington Post.
"Had a great time at Morgan State," James tweeted. "Love competition and giving back to people! Shout out to Carmelo Anthony and the Melo League."
"By far one of the funnest games I've played in," Paul added.
The top plays roundup above is from YouTube user HoopMixtape.
Here are some more video highlights from the game.
Here's one last highlight package via CSNBaltimore.com. Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk.