Washington, D.C.’s favorite summer basketball league took over Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. on Aug. 19 during the 2012 Goodman League Round Ball Classic.
Sponsored by DTLR and hosted by Antonio the Cuban Cigar Smoker of WKYS 93.9 FM radio, the Goodman League put on a show for fans as the Goodman All-Stars took on The League, which featured several NBA players, including Baltimore native Josh Selby of the Memphis Grizzlies and former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas, who now also plays for the Grizzlies. Prince Georges County, Md. native Kevin Durant was also scheduled to perform in the game, but couldn’t make it due to his participation with the U.S. national men’s basketball team during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
The League went on to beat the Goodman All-Stars, 155-131.
The League also featured R&B/Pop megastar singer Chris Brown, who proved to all watchers that he also has a few skills on the basketball court. Brown started at point guard for The League, and made a few Steve Nash-like passes that excited all of his fans in the crowd.
The Tappahannock, Virginia native went on to finish with 11 points with six assists.
Selby also put on a show for fans as he opened up the game with three consecutive three-pointers, all shot from nearly 30 feet. Selby has always been an excellent dunker, but his improved shooting helped him lead all scorers in the game with 40 points.
NBA forward and P.G. County, Md. native Sam Young, currently of the Philadelphia 76ers, also suited up with The League, scoring 28 points. Arenas came off the bench behind Chris Brown and scored 14 points.
The Goodman All-Stars were led by guard Corey with 31 points and former And-1 star forward Baby Shaq with 24 points.
Other stars who showed up to the Goodman League Round Ball Classic include gospel singer Y’anna Crawley, who won BET’s Sunday Best gospel singing competition, and famous rapper Wale, a native of the Metropolitan Washington area. Crawley sang the National Anthem for the game, while Wale performed a few of his hit songs during halftime.
Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls said the proceeds of the Goodman League Round Ball classic will go to GivingBack.org.
“I just want to thank Chris Brown for coming out to support the Goodman League, and also a shout out to my main man, Wale. They really made this thing special,” Rawls said. “And don’t forget DTLR, GivingBack.org for sponsoring this, and Y’anna for coming through like I knew she would. And a special shout out to Gilbert [Arenas] for coming back to D.C. for me. And also thanks to all the people who worked to make this happen behind the scenes. Move ‘em!”
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