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Far right: Jonathan Hahami and his brothers with fresh NBA signatures on their gear.

With the lockout in full effect, a wonderful side of the NBA player-driven community summer league All-Star events is the shorty rock-player interaction. Miles Rawls of the Goodman League did a nice job keeping the fans involved during the Goodman vs Drew game, letting kids freely meet the players and get autographs.

Philly’s Rahim Thompson has the battle for I-95 in Philly next weekend and Greg Marius is putting together an EBC vs Goodman game Friday, September 30 at Long Island University in NYC. As for Jonathan, he sent Bounce an e-mail telling us about the game like a reporter. Check it out. Read More »

On August 20th, a coast-to-coast all-star game featuring the best of LA’s Drew League versus D.C.’s Goodman will be played at Georgetown University. That could bring LA’s James Harden, Brandon Jennings, DeMar DeRozen, and 2011 2nd rounder Jeremy Tyler to D.C. to play against Kevin Durant, Sponge Bob and the rest.

Although there are highlights of Durant at Drew and now Brandon at Goodman, they both would rep their home tourney in any all-star classic. Check Brandon’s quick pull up game and straight chaser to the rim on the Marsreel highlight and come back for more details on the August game.

Kevin Durant at Drew League in LA The Latest / Jun 20, 2011 / 12:38 pm

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Courtesy of Cardell Dudley

After coming home to DC and putting 41 in the books at the Goodman, Kevin Durant took his summer tournament show on the road recently by playing in Cali’s Drew League aka the “California Rucker.” James Harden, who according to a tweet by DimeBounce, also had 51 in his Drew summer league debut. To see a highlight of Durant dunking off a toss of the backboard during a game hit Read More »

Baron at the Drew with the shorties.

Baron Davis, Brandon Jennings and James Harden are all in full effect out in Watts, LA keeping their games up and rhythm live in Dino Smiley’s Drew League – now in its 37th year . The “take the summer off and chill” attitude has been checked at the door for the love of the game and the three NBA pros represent what the playground is all about. The word is that Baron is still flying to rim like he’s 20 and that several NBA pros will participate in the league this summer. Click here to see photos of Brandon and James Harden at the Drew League.

photo of tyreke evans and brandon jennings: slamdunkcentral.com

Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets.

And the Dish, aka The Assist, is my favorite part of the game because it’s the most philanthropic. While most casual observers appreciate the dudes that can get buckets, my informal education as a New York City playground point guard stipulated that I acknowledge, comprehend and cherish the brilliance of the pass that led to the basket, as well as players with an innate ability to make others better.

photo of steph curry: davidsonnews.com

Honestly, I’m at a loss to recall any season where three rookies, all young point guards not far removed from their high school proms, exploding onto the scene in such immediate, brilliant fashion. Read More »


Week #1 Drew League Highlights

Dino Smiley’s Drew League is in full swing going into its seventh week of play. The league has the earliest jump-off, (mid-May), of any summer pro league I know of and I gotta give major dap to James Harden for competing at Drew before the NBA draft. His agent had to have had wet butt cheeks and runny drawers worried about his draft status. Harden, who went third to the Oklahoma Thunder in June, wins the Mark “I don’t listen to peeps telling me not to play summer ball before the draft” Jackson who ended up Rookie of the Year in the 1987-88 NBA season.

Pro’s like Nick Young, Javale McGee, and Amir Johnson are keeping their games pressed and creased with more and more young players realizing that the community league summer pro game is important to their rhythm and skill development. For more highlights and information visit DrewLeague.com.