TAG: Kevin Durant

After Philadelphia’s NBA All-Stars held it down in their home city and beat an All-Star squad that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, Hakim Warrick declared they were the “champs” of the summer league circuit. But I think most people had to take that with a grain of salt. The originators of all of this is Washington, D.C. and their Goodman League team. They beat the Drew League, and everyone else for most of the summer. So it was only fitting that we would get a clash of the titans. Read More »

Without a doubt, Kevin Durant was the undisputed King of the Summer this offseason. He played everywhere. And we mean everywhere. Indoors. Outdoors. Pro-Ams. Exhibition games. If Springfield was having an open run with an original leather basketball and peach baskets, we’re sure he would have been there too. So for the latest issue of Bounce, there was only one person that made sense for the cover: KD. Read More »

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 »

Durant surrounded in Harlem World

I saw the future of the NBA, incredibly, last night. And as the thunderstorm that threatened Mondays EBC game swirled north of the building that is Rucker Park, up into the Bronx, dropping hail on the borough that keeps on “creating it” according to KRS-1, I watched young 10 and 11 year-old shorty rocks sitting on the bench with KD, now known as “I am the One” at EBC. I saw two streetball legends, men who are dedicated to the run, Future and White Chocolate, introduce KD to NYC. I saw the future.

On a perfect midsummer night, as kids listened in KD’s huddle and lined the court up close, we all made money. And check it, I hear my present and former partners, the streetball community, and some real grimy niggums laughing at me because of the things I believe in, the things that I know make the playground game important. I don’t knock the new hustle, I just know that in order for NYC to create players like KD again, who looked like “Dr. J” reborn on the pavement last night, we need more of what I saw, last night. 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

Photo: Dime Magazine

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 »

Courtesy of Cardell “Since 9-years-old” Dudley

After a long anticipated wait the Goodman League finally opened play on June 6th. With Nike hosting a cookout for the DC area community, and the word that homegrown NBA star Kevin Durant was due to play for the league’s defending champion Shooters squad, in a rematch of last year’s championship opponent – The Roc Boys, the area was ready to satisfy their summer league jones.

The first game featured Oohhs n Aahhs vs Lincoln Park. Oohhs n Aahhs is favored to challenge Shooters for the Goodman League championship this summer Read More »

Goodman League’s Miles Rawls shaking President Obama’s hand. Is the President about to play in D.C.’s premier playground basketball experience and blow up the cabinet?

A summer ago, current Secretary of Education and Hoop it Up Champion Arne”I wear ’80s shorts like Danny Ainge” Duncan rolled up with three Secret Service SUVs, laced up, and played on the pavement of D.C.’s Goodman League. My man Mac from D.C. didn’t know about his Harvard pedigree, and as Arn tossed the park up with his passing skills, the moment gave another solid chapter to the marvelous run that the league is writing in playground basketball history. And now another chapter turns for Miles and the Goodman – Enter the Urban Coalition League. Read More »