Goodman League-Drew League Rematch Called Off

by September 05, 2011

Sad news for those of us who were looking forward to a Goodman-Drew rematch: Looks like it ain’t happening. Via ESPN Los Angeles: “For hoops-starved NBA fans, last month’s matchup in Washington D.C. between the hometown Goodman League and Los Angeles’ Drew League, arguably the most prominent pro-am summer basketball leagues in the country, was welcome. It featured high-end NBA talent, including Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Wizards guard John Wall for Goodman, opposite Milwaukee’sBrandon Jennings and Durant’s Thunder teammate James Harden for Drew, end-to-end action, and fourth-quarter heroics. Goodman ultimately prevailed 135-134 behind 44 points from Durant, who was named MVP. Unfortunately, those hoping for a rematch are going to be disappointed. A proposed second game, by some reports set for Sept. 10th at an undetermined venue in Los Angeles, is off as officials between the two leagues were unable to solve the logistical problems required to stage a sequel. ‘It’s disappointing,’ said Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley, ‘because the original plan was to do the game out in D.C., then for the Goodman team to return to L.A. for the second one.’ One complication appeared to be securing player commitments as different pro-am games continue springing up around the country, including a matchup last week in Baltimore between Goodman League All-Stars and a team organized by New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, which included Miami’s LeBron James and Chris Paul of New Orleans. Smiley said he was unable to secure something “concrete” from Goodman officials. ‘The longer it went without the game taking place and the date being set up, we decided it wouldn’t happen,’ he said.”