Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  37 responses

ESPN to Televise Streetball Game Featuring NBA Stars?

Kevin Durant is reportedly organizing a huge streetball game next month between two legendary streetball tournaments, and the presence of NBA stars has ESPN interested according to the organizers. SI reports: “The perceived hopelessness of the labor situation is at the root of these ruminations, with players eager to find alternate outlets for their competitive juices. Durant did just that this week, when his plan to create an East vs. West streetball championship came to fruition in the form of an Aug. 20 faceoff between the Drew League and the D.C.-based Goodman League. The D.C. native and back-to-back NBA scoring champion has been a regular at the Goodman League for years, but he stopped by the Drew League on June 20 to see what the West Coast hype was all about. His presence caused quite a stir even before tip-off, with people piling in to see the Oklahoma City star in action. He played in the noon game, then was so impressed by the quality of the play that he asked league commissioner Oris ‘Dino’ Smiley to add him to a second game later in the day. Somewhere between his now-legendary off-the-backboard, alley-oop-to-himself dunk and his flight back east, Durant came up with the idea to create the kind the exhibition game that team officials might have advised against if the lockout hadn’t prevented them from speaking to their players. Los Angeles natives [Dorell] Wright and Baron Davis are handling the logistics. Wright says he wants to make it a ‘huge, huge, huge deal,’ and the game is expected to take place on the court where the likes of Durant, John Wall, Michael Beasley and DeMarcus Cousins so often play in the inner-city D.C. neighborhood known as Barry Farm. Smiley said ESPN has shown some interest in airing the game. The best NBA players from both leagues are expected to team up with some non-NBA players. The trash talk already has begun.”

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  • Charles

    Bring it.

  • DieselMechanic

    Goodman got this.

  • http://gmail dirty frank


  • T-Money

    i don’t care. sorry.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I remember an event…I think it was televised on Christmas day during the lockout that had some NBA players in Hawaii. It was a riot. Payton spent more time trash talking than playing.

  • D-blok

    Drew all the way!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Are players even going to go that hard?

  • goattree

    Do all of these “Streetball” leagues play their games indoors, in a gym?

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    They should do a series of games like this and eventually take the role of these greedy owners!

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    @Goat most summer leagues are outdoors like Barry Farms or Rucker, Drew league is indoors tho. This idea would be great if ESPN did it right w/ some nice camera angles and limited it to NBA players.
    DMV squad: KD, Melo, Rudy Gay, Beasley & Wall running point
    LA Squad: Brandon Jennings, westbrooke, DeRozan, Harden, Dorell wright.
    No offese to BDiddy, he can ref.

  • Saku 39

    EBC America was awesome in 2006. Final was Seattle vs NY. Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson versus Skip and 15 year old Lance Stephenson.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Yes, please!

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    I’d LOVE to see an NBA guy get crossed or lit up by guys who aren’t even in the D – League.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    I’m interested – I’d still have to look at the roster though.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    It’ll be something good for the community. You seasoned NBA veiwers may not be interested, but imagine being a young kid and having a few NBA players hoopin it up at your local park.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Saku yessir!! Lance was killin. NY took the W over an NBA packed roster from Seattle, would be dope to see some stuff like that again.

  • Heals

    On the one hand I’m glad for the exposure, leagues coming together, and maybe more money pumped into the local community, but ESPN coverage can be so cornball at times. Probably just me, but I usually feel that ESPN doesn’t give a flying funk about stuff unless they are covering/invested in it…

  • bmorezbest

    goodman hands down a big bulk of elite players are from right there in the dmv area and they got john wall but it would be an amazing game espn would be crazy not to air it this game has legendary written all over it melo kd wall beasly and gary neal woooooooow

  • BostonBaller

    I’d watch it in a heart neat!! I’m a junkie… I say mix it up w/ NBA & Street ballers on the same teams so that there would be less tension between the players…They should have a series of games so that more nba players can be involved.

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher


  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Heals..couldn’t agree with you more. I know I’m not the only one who remembers that block of sport and hip-hop inspired shows ESPN2 ran called the Block Party. You had the show “Block Party”, “Bobbito Garcia’s Its The Shoes”, JD’s “Cuttin Up”, “City Slam”, of couse the And1 Mixtape Tour and there might have been a few others. I remember coming home from school and watching every single one. Incredible shows, with incredible production value introduced by ESPN specifically to capitalize off of that substancial African-American/urban viewing demographic during the mainstream streetball explosion of the early 2000′s. Again absolutely incredible shows (shouts out to Diane Houslin) but as soon as they ‘wore their welcome’ every last one of them just vanished…immediately, and you almost get the feeling they’ve kinda washed their hands of it. You can barely find any trace of Block Party linked to their name online. I’m not complaining because this stuff happens everywhere on every major network, but when you watch just how low the programming value on shows like “SportsNation” and some of the other stuff they do nowadays, you realize its all about that investment. Again wont, and can’t, blame them but I definitely realize its all a business

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    @The Black Rick Kamla:
    Have you ever thought about getting into politics, if you are not involved already?
    You are pretty good.
    In my opinion…

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    havent really been checking up on here, this offseason really sucks.
    i wanna argue with someone.
    shut up, philo!
    ….nvm, its not the same…

  • Towelie

    I miss the And1 tours on ESPN…are they stil around?

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    Lol @airs!
    Shut up man!!! lol

  • Heals

    Way to come with the facts Rick. Yeah that’s the concern, these are cultural events as much as they are sporting events. ESPN better not just air the “clean” version; I want to see the aggression, showmanship and attitude that makes those games so special to the communities that host em’…

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  • JB

    Gotta get a Seattle team in the mix

  • Young23

    Awesome idea! The problem is that because it’s outdoors, some players won’t wanna play on the asphalt. But I rather see this than NBA TV show classic drafts (with no player highlights) and classic games from the 70s.

  • orl.chris

    Prison rules: everyone vs dwight howard

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Why not a team from every area? NY, Philly, ATL, Texas, etc.

  • Niyagirlfresh

    Oh my God if they do I’m gonna be front and center!! I’m salivating just thinking about it lol!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I’d pay good cash to see Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams bulldoze his way past Russell Westbrook. That would be amazing.

  • Larry Darville

    I heard Kevin is doing a movie this Summer. Good for him.

  • king nikkie

    hell ya

  • Faye

    Oh yes!! I really hope they get this together especially in DC?? I’m DEF going.

  • Arch

    Durant is dat dude