Drew League-Goodman League rematch will happen, date TBA
"Just got the Word, There will be a Drew vs. Goodman Game here in LA," the Drew League posted on Twitter. A date has not been set yet.
Drew League Commissioner Oris "Dino" Smiley hasn't returned calls within the last week. Fred Smith, a longtime television camera operator and producer who helped the Drew League organize an exhibition game Aug. 20 between the two teams at Trinity University in Washington, declined to comment when reached by phone Sunday afternoon.
But the two said last week they hoped to organize a game on Sept. 10 at an L.A. venue that could hold at least 5,000 fans and possibly attract a television sponsor. They are flexible with the date.
They have also remained in talks with Kobe Bryant's representatives, which has sparked various reactions. Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, a Compton native, told ESPN the Magazine's Chris Palmer that Bryant shouldn't play because he wasn't born in L.A. Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, who plans to represent the Goodman League, tweeted to Jennings, "“Let Kobe play it’ll b good for the game." And surely, plenty of L.A. fans are eager to see Bryant, who scored 43 points Aug. 16 in a Drew League exhibition appearance. Bryant didn't appear in the Drew-Goodman game in Washington.
A slew of NBA players participated in that game. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City's James Harden, the Clippers' Craig Smith, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Washington's JaVale McGee and Sacramento's Pooh Jeter paid approximately $2,500 in travel costs, league officials said, to play for the Drew League. The Goodman League featured players such as Durant, Washington's John Wall and Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant puts up a shot in an exhibition game against pro players from the Philippines in July. Credit: Noel Celis / AFP/Getty Images