The Goodman League will square off with the Drew League August 20 in Washington D.C. with the Thunder representing well in the game. Kevin Durant will lead the Goodman with James Harden starring for the Drew. It will be a spiffy event. And here’s a video to get ready for it.
One thing though: Sam Amick of SI writes that the game might face some logistical challenges. He says:
Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley said he is still “99.9 percent sure [the game in Washington, D.C., will happen] unless some hiccups pop up,” but there remains work to be done to finalize a showdown involving several NBA players.
While Smiley had said previously that ESPN was interested in showing the game, he is now in discussions with the online broadcasting site Ustream about airing the game for $6.95 per viewer. He also is still seeking more sponsors to help cover costs of flying and housing the players.
The game has presented obstacles for the players, too. While Drew and Goodman are both free for fans on a normal weekend, this will be a paid exhibition (tickets range from $25 to $60). As such, one involved agent said the players’ respective contracts aren’t covered by their “For Love of the Game” clause with their NBA teams and a separate insurance policy will be needed in order for them to play.
Oh man, please don’t take that little bit of basketball away from me too. I need it. I mean, I really need it.