According to the Twitter feed of the Drew League, the rematch of the exhibition game between the Drew and Goodman leagues is set to be held on October 9th in Carson, CA.
The two teams originally met on August 21st in Washington DC. The Goodman League won 135-134 on a pair of free throws by Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 44 points. Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings scored a team-high 34 points for the Drew League.
Since Jennings retweeted the post above by the Drew League, and Andrew Kamenetzky reported that the only Drew Leaguer expected to miss the game is JaVale McGee, it seems a safe bet to assume that Jennings plans to play in the game. Kamenetzky also spoke to Drew League’s commissioner, Drew Smiley, about the other hot topic: Kobe’s potential participation in the game. According to Smiley,
“I haven’t heard anything from Kobe. We reached out to him for the one in D.C., but never really got any definite answer from him or from his contacts, so we kind of left it alone this time. I know Brandon and a few of the other guys felt they really didn’t want him to play. They felt that Drew was basically an in-house (team) and you really had to come and play. And all those guys are L.A. based guys.
“We would love to have him. If he wants to play, I’m sure he will, but we’re not gonna go out and recruit him.”
As Smiley notes, Jennings spoke out against Kobe’s inclusion, using the rationale that the team should be limited to L.A. natives. If Kobe decides to come out and play, it will be interesting to watch him interact with Brandon after stunts like this one. Will he want to reconcile? Will he be cold? Have there been any clues to his reaction? How about this one: In a recent LA Times interview, Billy Hunter said that, should the need arise, Kobe was prepared to loan money to locked-out players. If Kobe’s ready to share his cash, it’s hard to conceive that he’d have any trouble sharing the hardwood, right?