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Drew League hopes for All-Star game [Updated]

Kobe Bryant

After scrapping plans for a Drew League-Goodman League rematch, Commissioner Oris "Dino" Smiley said he will meet with AEG officials Wednesday to discuss a possible Drew League All-Star game taking place on a grandstand court at L.A. Live.

Though he asked for more information about the meeting, AEG spokesman Michael Roth didn't return multiple phone calls and emails Tuesday seeking comment.

[Updated at 6:17 p.m.: Roth said via telephone Tuesday night he was unaware of any such meeting.]

But Smiley said he hopes the game will happen Oct. 1. Smiley said the proposed game would feature mostly high school, college and pro players who are L.A. natives. Although he doesn't have a confirmed list, Smiley sounded confident that Drew League regulars such as Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City's James Harden, Sacramento's Pooh Jeter, the Clippers' Craig Smith, Washington's JaVale McGee and Nick Young, and Golden State's Dorell Wright would make up part of the roster.

Though Smiley envisions most of the roster featuring L.A. natives, he remains open to inviting players who at least appeared in the Drew League this summer, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Lakers' Ron Artest and Steve Blake, free agents Shannon Brown and Joe Smith, and Minnesota's Michael Beasley are other NBA players who made appearances. Although the Timberwolves' Kevin Love didn't play in the Drew League, Smiley said he'd welcome him since he played at UCLA. 

"We don't really want to go too deep into the fall with NFL football coming up and college football going on," he said. "The interest may not be there as it was before."

Drew League officials remained confident they could schedule a rematch with the Washington-based Goodman League after the two teams played an exhibition game in mid-August at Trinity University.

Despite receiving assurances they could play in USC's Galen Center, Long Beach State's Pyramid and Cal State Dominguez's Torodome, other variables complicated the situation. After meeting with Bryant's representatives on Aug. 23, Smiley said he never heard whether he wanted to play. After posting on Twitter that a Drew League-Goodman League game would happen, the Goodman League's game last week against Carmelo Anthony's Baltimore-based Melo Squad heightened Smiley's doubts.

"They haven't really committed," Smiley said. "They seem to be doing other things."

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--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo credit: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

 
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