With the NBA lockout in full effect, some players are looking abroad for possible playing opportunities against top-level talent this summer. Others are taking it to the streets, literally.
The Golden State Warriors' Dorrell Wright along with the Sacramento Kings' Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Pooh Jeter and Donte Green have joined a slew of NBA players in "Capital Punishment," the Drew Pro-Am League vs. Goodman Pro-Am League showdown this summer. The Drew League is out of Los Angeles while the Goodman Pro-Am League in Washington D.C., and both squads are absolutely chock-full of NBA talent this summer. Both of these leagues see NBA players roll through it from time to time, but this year it's closer to an NBA All-Star game than anything else. This will be the first event of the Pro-Am Summer League City Series that will travel around the country.
The rosters were announced on Thursday with their meeting set for August 20 at D.C.'s Calvin Coolidge High School, along with a streaming broadcast of the game for folks to enjoy. Make the jump to see who'll be playing with the Bay Area boys, and trust me, this will likely be the most NBA action you'll see all summer (and maybe even longer).
The Drew League (aka the West Coast) looks like this:
James Harden (Thunder), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Nick Young (Wizards), Dorrell Wright (Warriors), Brandon Jennings (Bucks), JaVale McGee (Wizards), Craig Smith (Clippers), Pooh Jeter (Kings), Bobby Brown (Aris BC), Marcus Williams (Grizzlies) and three more players yet to be named.
The Goodman League (aka the East Coast) stacks up like this:
Kevin Durant (Thunder), John Wall (Wizards), Ty Lawson (Nuggets), Gary Neal(Spurs), Tyreke Evans (Kings), Michael Beasley (Timberwolves), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Josh Selby(Grizzlies), Sam Young (Grizzlies), Donte Green(Kings), Hugh "Baby Shaq" Jones (AND1 Tour), Emanuel "Duce" Jones and Warren "D-Nice" Jefferson.
With all of these guys on the court at the same time, you're likely to see a lot of high flying, high scoring action; basically and And 1 Mixtape Tour full of NBA stars. And what an opportunity for the non-NBA guys, getting a chance to showcase their talent alongside some of the best players in the world. The Goodman team, lead by the Thunder's Kevin Durant, would be the early favorite's in my mind, but you never really know until they roll the ball out and start playing. Should be a lot of fun for everyone involved, so mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss out on this rare event.
And I'm sure stuff like this will be going down. A lot.