Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 5:37 pm  |  23 responses

Goodman Commish: Drew League Called Off Rematch

by Adam Figman / @afigman

After the Goodman League team defeated the Drew League team by a score of 135-134 in Washington, DC on August 20, many were hoping to see if the results would be different had the game been played on the other side of the country. And word was a rematch in Los Angeles would indeed be taking place soon enough.

Then this past weekend, various outlets reported that the rematch between the DC-based Goodman League and the LA-based Drew League had been called off, a rumor that was confirmed when Drew League Commissioner Dino Smiley told ESPN he couldn’t secure something “concrete” from Goodman officials. But according to Goodman League Commish Miles Rawls, his guys were ready to go, and it was the Drew League that was unprepared to host his squad out west.

“Drew League told us last week they weren’t doing the game because they couldn’t get it together,” Rawls told SLAM in a phone interview. “We were waiting on that rematch. I don’t know what happened, but Dino told me we weren’t doing the game. [Then] I got a call from someone else in that camp that said they might come back here. So I don’t know what’s going on with the Drew League, but I had my whole squad. We were ready.”

Instead, the Goodman League team will be visiting Indianapolis during the weekend the rematch was initially planned for, when it’ll play against the Indy Pro Am team on Sunday, September 25—not the 24th, as has been reported—at Butler University. The Indy Pro Am squad will be led by Zach Randolph, Eric Gordon and George Hill.

“That’s why I scheduled the game with Indiana,” Rawls said. “[The Drew League] was talking about the 24th or the 25th, and then I talked to Dino Smiley, and he told me that the game was a no-go. He said he wasn’t able to make it happen.”

Kevin Durant and John Wall will be suiting up for Goodman against Indy Pro Am, as the two have multiple times this summer.

After the Goodman-Indy Pro Am contest, the Goodman team will then travel to NYC, where it’ll take on Rucker Park representatives at Fordham University on September 30. Rawls said there have also been discussions with a team out of Atlanta—which will include a group of Hawks, including Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague—to play in DC on October 7, though the date hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.

In the meantime, Rawls is still hoping for a rematch with the Drew League, and he says his team will be ready if the opportunity does present itself.

“We were disappointed we didn’t get that rematch in LA, but we could make it happen,” he said. “We’ll come out there.”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ


  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Oh man, I’m gonna try and make it to the Rucker Park one

  • boo radley

    these cats need ta stop hoopin for free before a acl tears

  • John Frusciante

    jeff teague should play for indy. playing for atl would be wack as hell.

  • Landry_legend

    Dwight howard and Lou Williams should join that squad

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    SURELY SURELY SURELY someone hasn’t come out and organised a NIKE -vs- ADIDAS 3 game battle?!?!? CHARGE big $$$ Get all the sponsored shoe guys in….. BIG GAME.

  • Landry_legend

    ^^nike is too stacked at every position

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Adidas wouldnt be a gang of slouches either though..

    Josh Smith…

    Who else is Adidas?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    boo radley = best screen name ever.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    when is the indy game?

  • harlem_world

    Nike vs Adidas? C’mon…Be serious. That’s not even a contest. Nike win in a blowout…They could send their second string and beat Adidas top name guys over a series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    BE, I think KG, TD, Chauncey and TMac?

  • DieselMechanic

    @harlem: what 2nd team is going to beat Rose, Howard, TD/KG, Josh Smith, and Chauncey?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I appreciate how the Goodman League rolls. They are taking on all challengers. No matter what, they will have bragging rights at the end of the summer.


    at diesel, let me give you Nike’s starting 5 of DWill Kobe LBJ BGriffin and Dirk. In the bench, SCurry TEvans durantula Bosh Al Horford Amar’e… It will be a Nike blowout

  • bashmo

    I will take Jordan team of CP3, DWade, Carmelo, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace over any team

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The shoe companies would have done something like this if they weren’t beholden to the NBA.

  • Russ M

    Not alot of NBAers competed regularly in this yrs Rucker(EBC). Hope they fill their roster with just the guys who played in the tournament.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    @ Max – KG is with Anta Now. so now its just TD and Chauncey left.

    Not a bad lineup.

    Oh!!! And candace parker. LOLOLOL

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water
  • http://www.slamonline.com Max


  • Brooks C.

    Team Nike= Manu Ginobli, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Roy, Amar’e Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Al Horford, Plus Team Jordan is an extension of the Nike Brand… Adidas wouldnt stand a chance… Hell u couldnt put any team against this and win or just any other collection of NBA players

  • EdC

    It would be nice if there was a Tournament of All the Pro-Am Leagues across the the country to take place, set it up with the same format as the playoffs by regions (It will be alot of Venues that will be avaiable for these games until the lockout is over). So True Basketball fans can get there Bball fix ON until the NBA & Player Association settle their differences and start the 2011-12 season.