Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Tickets on sale Wednesday for Drew vs. Goodman
By Pedro Moura
Tickets for the much-anticipated rematch between the Goodman League and Drew League, scheduled for Oct. 9, will go on sale at midnight Wednesday, Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The game will be played at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, where the Long Beach State 49ers play basketball and volleyball games. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, with doors opening at the arena at 4 p.m. and a 5 p.m. celebrity game featuring still-to-be-determined participants.
The first game between the two leagues, called Capital Punishment, was played August 21 in Washington D.C., with the Goodman League winning 135-134. Since then, there had been talk of an L.A. rematch as soon as mid-September, but the two leagues settled on the October date roughly a week ago.
Scheduled to suit up for the Drew League team for the second time are Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, among others. Washington Wizards guard Nick Young, Golden State Warriors forward Dorell Wright and Cleveland Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins are also expected to play for the first time.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay is expected to suit up for the Goodman League, along with the original roster, which included Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley.
As for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who played in a scrimmage leading up to the original game, Smiley said there’s a possibility he could play in the Oct. 9 game for the Drew League. The two sides have yet to touch base.
“We didn’t reach out to Kobe yet,” Smiley said. “We reached out to him for the D.C. game, but he never responded. But he’s welcome to come.”
Capacity at the Walter Pyramid, including standing-room only, is 5600, Smiley said. The original Drew-Goodman game in August was played at the 1600-seat gymnasium at Trinity University in D.C.
Tickets, available through the Long Beach State ticket office, will start at $25 for assigned seating and go up to $100 for courtside seats.
Following the game, there have also been preliminary talks to hold a home-and-home series with Jamal Crawford’s Summer League in Seattle, Smiley said, which could be as soon as later in October.