The NBA lockout has prevented players from participating in team activities, but it has opened the door for them to play in summer leagues across the country, including the Goodman League here in D.C.
The NBA’s loss is our gain, as a street ball all-star game, of sorts, is in the works. According to NBA.com, it could be pretty major:
Sam Amick reported last week, the Goodman League and its Los Angeles version, the Drew League, are finalizing plans for a streetball showdown on Aug. 20 in D.C. The game is tentatively set to be at Georgetown University's McDonough Arena. The Drew has had the likes of Ron Artest, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Tyreke Evans and L.A. natives Nick Young and Jeremy Tyler come through this summer. Compton native and Cavs guard Baron Davis is handling logistics at his end; the D.C. squad will likely feature Durant, Michael Beasley, Cousins, Neal, Jennings and Shelby, maybe Ty Lawson and Nolan Smith, among others. The trash-talking has already begun.
There are a lot of logistics to work out, but if even half of those guys show up, it’s a win for everyone.
The Goodman league has had a number of marquee players come through this summer; pro guys who just want a chance to play some ball.
This summer, Jennings, the Bucks' guard, is a regular. So are Spurs guard Gary Neal, Grizzlies second-round pick Josh Selby and Kings forward Donte Greene -- all Baltimore area natives. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who works out in D.C. in the offseason, and Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez, who played at Maryland, come through. John Wall was here and dropped 41 in his Goodman debut earlier this month. And Kevin Durant, from nearby Seat Pleasant, Maryland, also played earlier this month, and the league's commissioner, Miles Rawls, is trying to get him to play here again before the summer ends.
We’ll keep you posted as details progress, but for now we’re putting a big “!!” on our calendars for August 20.