Following in the footsteps of the recent Los Angeles vs. Washington, D.C. streetball clash, Morgan State University will be the host site of tonight’s basketball mega showcase at 7p.m. headlined by LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Last weekend’s faceoff between California’s Drew League and the District’s George Goodman League swarmed the nation’s capital and sold out seats at a tiny catholic school gymnasium. But while that matchup, dubbed Capital Punishment, was anticipated for nearly two months prior to taking off, tonight’s battle somewhat flew under the radar until recently.

The Goodman League, featuring Suitland, Md native Kevin Durant, former Georgetown forward Jeff Green and Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins will square off against the Melo League, Baltimore’s own streetball association, featuring its host, Anthony, along with James, New Orleans point guard Chris Paul and Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe.

The current NBA lockout has prompted a number of professionals to get involved in their city’s summer leagues. Washington Wizard star John Wall and Durant starred in the recent Capital Punishment showcase while Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was seen nailing a game-winning jumpshot in the Drew League. The game was moved form Sunday to Tuesday due to postponement from Hurricane Irene. Tickets can be purchased at the door and will range from $40 to $100 depending on seating.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO