According to tweets from the Drew League’s Twitter account, the rematch of last week’s exhibition between the Goodman and Drew Leagues may not take place. After the first game, which was held in the Goodman League’s home city of Washington DC, many players spoke about having the two teams face off in Los Angeles. A second game would give the Drew League their shot at playing at home. But according to the tweet, the two sides could not come to an agreement, at least not yet.
This message is mixed, to say the least. Why are we to stay tuned if there’s no rematch in the offing? If the Drew League called off the game to force the Goodman League’s hand in the negotiations, then telling everyone to stay tuned certainly blows their cover. A subsequent tweet did indicate that the Drew League may have other things lined up. The Goodman League will play against the Rucker League on October 1.
According to J. Michael Falgoust of the USA Today, Kobe Bryant caused part of the holdup. Kobe, who did not play in the DC game, could not find a mutually agreeable date with both sides. Brandon Jennings objected to Bryant’s participation in the game in remarks he made earlier this week. The Bucks’ Jennings led the Drew League with 34 points in a 135-134 loss in the original game.
With all the petty little jabs going back and forth between the two ego-driven sides (and with the money most decidedly not on the line, ego is all there really is to be had here), stay tuned for more details, because it’s doubtful that this mini-drama will end anytime soon.