As we enter the fourth week of the Goodman League in Commissioner Miles Rawls 20th season, it  has already provided some good entertainment and even better storylines. One of the beauties of the Goodman League and other top-level Pro-Am Summer Leagues is the storylines.

Commissioner Miles Rawls hasn’t decided on which team will be primetime or a 6:30 p.m. team. While some are known, others still have some work to do.

One of the main teams on the primetime bubble is Mazzerati Music, which owner, former NBA star Steve Francis, named after his record label. Francis called up Goodman 20 legend and former West Virginia Mountaineer Greg Jones, a.k.a. “G-Wiz,” to coach his squad. They haven’t really impressed the fans Inside The Gates in their primetime matchups.

“We’re not going to fly in the big boys yet,” Francis said after his squad’s 57-69 loss to Lincoln Park in their second game of the season.

Commissioner Rawls seems to think otherwise. In Mazzerati Music’s third game against RE – led by Goodman 20 legend Warren Jefferson, a.k.a. “D-Nice” and “The Drummer” – Commissioner Rawls mentioned that Mazzerati Music could be dropping down to the 6:30 games, depending on their next game against the Showstoppers on July 2.

RE is another team on the bubble. While D-Nice makes any team a primetime team, he is 38 years old and won’t make it the whole season playing entire games. It will be interesting to see if they make any call-ins or signings to bolster the backcourt such as former Virginia Tech Hokie Brian Chase, a.k.a. “B-Chase,” which would give RE three players on the Goodman 20 list, along with Derick Payne, a.k.a. “D-Payne.”

You still have your usual primetime teams, such as Team Madness (Defending Goodman champs), BF Crazies, Drew All-Stars, Showstoppers, Funkhouse, and All Daz. So far the Crazies have shown they are back with a vengeance. The Crazies opened the season with a win over Madness – who they lost to last summer in the Goodman Finals – and is currently 3-0 Inside the Gates.

“We’re coming for that championship this year! The home team, 20th year!” said Gary Jr., the Barry Farms native that leads the neighborhood team.

He and “Malcom” are a potent backcourt, both with great penetrating styles but opposite ends of the spectrum. Gary Jr. is going to give you smooth buckets with a lot of movement off the ball while Malcom is the bruiser who will create the contact. Crazies will suit up again June 21 to take on Corey “Everything” Allmond and Team Ariyuan.

Lincoln Park, another lock Primetime team, enters the season as a contender once again. Last season, LP was missing Hugh Jones, a.k.a. “Baby Shaq” against Team Madness in the regular season championship and didn’t have Bruce Massey in the playoff opener. The reigning MVP, Dele Ojo, is looking to defend his crown while getting LP that Goodman League title game. LP is still missing Baby Shaq – currently on an Australian tour with the Ball Up team. Once he returns, LP will be at full strength.

“Towards the end of the playoffs, fly people, but we still do what we do,” Ojo said.

Drew All Stars made the biggest acquisition this offseason, picking up Jimmy Black Jr., the son of former North Carolina shooter Jimmy Black. Black is one of the best guards in the DMV summer circuit and brings a different dynamic to the court. He stretches the floor and create space for Christian Jackson, a.k.a. “Super Boo.” Coach Drew thinks his team’s chemistry is the reason why they are best team down The Farms, and it’s hard not to agree.

“People only see us down The Farms but we play everywhere. We play all winter, all spring, we just love to bump and we like brothers,” coach Drew said after their 47-38 win Saturday night, giving them a record of 2-0.

While the season is still young, the Goodman League is weeks ahead of others like the Drew League and Dyckman. As the weeks go by, we will be able to determine who are the hoopers and fakers. Stay tuned!