WASHINGTON, D.C.–The annual George C. Goodman Summer Basketball League opened up on June 4, but the first few weeks were “a bit rocky” due to random rain showers that poured through the District of Columbia region throughout the month of June.

But things certainly heated up at Barry Farm on June 25 as Oklahoma City Thunder star and Seat Pleasant, Md. native Kevin Durant appeared in his first Goodman League action of the summer.

Durant has long been a participant in the Goodman League games, making several appearances over the years. He even led the Goodman League’s All-Star team when it took on the legendary Drew League of Los Angeles, Calif. two summers ago in a sold-out event held at Trinity College.

His first appearance this summer however, came as a special guest of Team Lincoln Park as they took on Team Drew. And the 6-foot-10 shooting specialist didn’t hesitate to put on a show as he nailed two 30-foot three-pointers back-to-back right from the start of the game for a quick six points, causing the surrounding crowd to jump to their feet in cheers.

A few minutes later, he took two more 30-foot three-pointers back-to-back for another easy six points, right in the face of his opponent, Pops Mensah-Bosu, a 6-foot-10 professional basketball player who once starred for George Washington University.

Durant finished the first half with 16 points, however, his jumper cooled off in the second half and he would finish the game with just 23 points, a modest performance for Durant who previously has scored 60-plus points “Inside-da-Gates” in a single Goodman League game.

Give credit to Mensah-Bosu, who aggressively defended Durant, limiting any easy buckets at the rim. Containing KD allowed Team Drew to erase a double-digit lead and pull within just two, late in the second half. Durant’s team Lincoln Park, nevertheless, pulled away from Team Drew in the final minutes for a 81-74 victory.

Lincoln Park also featured other Goodman League favorites like Baby Shaq (formerly of the And-1 Tour) and O-Jo, who both scored double digits in points.

Tired and sweaty after the game, Durant declined to speak to any media members, but he still took time out to take pictures and sign autographs for all of the kids that swarmed him as he exited the court.

Should weather permit, Durant will appear in the Goodman League again on Friday night June 28 as Nike will be throwing a free cookout at Barry Farms.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor