Michael Beasley is making a guarantee that his D.C. team will beat Team Philly on Oct. 15 in Washington D.C., in what is being deemed The City of Brotherly Love vs. Chocolate City.
They wont beat us, Beasley said on Friday after his Goodman League team defeated the Rucker Park All-Stars in New York. Point blank. Period. Ill make every guarantee in the world. Goodman League is going to run the nation and take care of business. Philly, LA, New York, back to DC, Miami, Cleveland, wherever they want to take us, thats where Goodman is going to be.
After Team Philly upset Team Melo at the Palestra on Sept. 25, Hakim Warrick proclaimed, We have to be champs.
Team Philly won The Battle For I-95 over Team Melo, 131-122. It was an impressive victory over a team that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.
We shouldve beat the Philly guys, said Donte Greene, who teamed with LeBron, Melo and CP3 in Team Melos loss to Team Philly. But at the end of the day, it was a tough atmosphere, tough crowd, tough whatever, whatever the excuse we have. I think were going to be able to go out there and get this one. We have a lot of young guys on the team, and were going to run and gun and just put on a show.
Unlike Team Philly and the Goodman League team, Team Melo wasnt made up of players representing a specific city. It was originally supposed to be a team Carmelo Anthony put together with other players from Baltimore, but then he added LeBron James and Chris Paul.
It was supposed to be a Baltimore team, but it was more of an NBA team I guess, said Greene, who will play on the D.C. team against Team Philly. With this team, you got myself and everybody I play with this team is from the area. You got a lot of guys playing on the team that grew up together. That chemistry we have goes a long ways.
Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls said that this team wont technically be a Goodman League game, since Team Philly is not representative of a summer league like the Goodman team is, but just a D.C.-Philly matchup. Either way, it will be the same players and the game will still carry the same weight.
Rawls expects the D.C. team to include Beasley, Greene, Kevin Durant, John Wall, Jeff Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Nolan Smith, Sam Young and Greg Monroe.
We arent scared to play nobody, Beasley said. Were going to be everywhere and were going to win.
Team Philly is expected to have the same players as it did in its win over Team Melo. That roster included Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams, Kyle Lowry, Hakim Warrick, Wayne Ellington, Flip Murray, Jason Thompson, Mark Tyndale, Mardy Collins, Dionte Christmas and Aaron Owens.
They were playing hard, Greene said about Team Phillys win over Team Melo. They had the whole Philly behind them. Thats a great feeling to have a whole city behind you and youre playing for your city. So you have to go out there and have that pride, and they brought it.
With the ongoing NBA lockout, these lockout games have been quite popular around the country over the last six weeks. It all started with a battle between the Goodman League and the Drew League of Los Angeles, a game that will feature a rematch in L.A. on Oct. 9. The Goodman League won the first one in D.C. by a point. The Goodman League has also lost to Team Melo in Baltimore, defeated the Indy Pro-Am All-Stars in Indianapolis, and earned a win over the Rucker Park All-Stars in New York.
I wanted Rucker at first, Rawls said about how the lockout games started. That was my dream game to play against Rucker. But that came along after the Drew League game. The Drew League game stirred up a lot of stuff. Now, everybody is piggybacking off of that. And its cool. Thats the way its supposed to be the best summer leagues playing against the best summer leagues.
The Philly-DC showdown will take place at Coolidge High School in Washington D.C. at 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 15. Tickets are on sale now at http:dcphillytickets.eventbrite.com.
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