Michael Beasley Won’t Play in Drew League vs Goodman League Showdown

by August 17, 2011

The WaPo reports that Mike Beasley is out of the most highly-anticipated streetball game of the summer, despite recently guaranteeing a victory for his squad. Someone should mush him for backing out: “After teaming up with former Georgetown star Chris Wright for a victory at Barry Farm last week, Beasley said a scheduling conflict will prohibit him from playing in the contest that features two of the more prominent recreational basketball leagues in which several NBA players ply their trade in the offseason. With so much uncertainty surrounding the NBA lockout, there has been more attention placed on players participating in the summer league street-ball circuit. And Saturday’s contest between the Goodman League and the Drew League — billed as “Capital Punishment” — garnered some national publicity because of the number of players involved. Wizards players John Wall, Nick Young and JaVale McGee; Oklahoma City Thunder all-star Kevin Durant; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings; and Sacramento Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, among others, and a few playground legends have committed to take part. Beasley plans to leave for Beijing on Friday to play for an all-star team, which reportedly also features Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and will compete in the Continental Club Basketball Championships from Aug. 20-28. Rawls said Charlotte Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham will replace Beasley on the roster.”