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 2, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:27 pm
Get out of the way, there's a kid comin' through.
Kevin Durant, amazingly, had never been to Rucker Park. He made his debut there Monday night, and needless to say, it went pretty well. From the New York Post:
Kevin Durant’s performance created an evening for the ages at Rucker Park.via Durant drops 66 points on memorable night at Rucker Park - NYPOST.com.
Boy, was he. From The Big Lead:
Durant has played a lot of ball in the last month, after the Manila exhibition and his play in Drew and Goodman Leagues. He's becoming quite the streetball star this summer, now that he has time to actually play in them.
Kind of interesting that Durant was nailing those pull-up threes from deep, since it was that kind of shot exactly that he shouldn't have taken at the end of the Mavericks' series instead of working for a higher possession shot. Guess you can't blame the guy for trusting his range.
It was one of the highest scoring performances in the history of the legendary court. Durant should never return, either. Best way for him to make that night stick in people's minds is to never repeat it. Come in, drop 66, strut, leave in your car, never be seen there again. Legendary.