I just wrapped up my third summer covering the Drew League in Los Angeles. It was an eventful season, capped by former Clippers guard Baron Davis’ team BB4L defeating #Juglife (with former Clippers guard Nick Young) becoming only the second team in the league’s 43 seasons to finish as undefeated champions.
I was at the Drew for all 169 games, including the playoffs. I saw and spoke to a lot of different players – high school phenoms, DI prospects, D-Leaguers, ex-pros, overseas sensations, NBA players, All-Stars. But other than Paul Pierce coming through to watch a Division Final game with former Clipper Matt Barnes, no current Clippers even made it to The Drew this summer!
Obviously, you can understand why most Clippers weren’t around the Drew. For starters, the Clippers had DeAndre Jordan getting outfitted with a shiny new gold medal! That was awesome!
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 21, 2016
I know some of y’all might be hot over DJ saying that medals > rings. I’m not tripping. At least he won his medal; can’t imagine the schadenfreude that whole squad would have caught if they took that L some of y’all were waiting on.
You already know the deal about Jamal Crawford. J-Crossover is probably hooping right now. And if it was up to him, he would have been down here in L.A. with the rest of Seattle’s finest to hoop at the Drew League. Alas…
Due to an unfortunate situation, we will have to postpone our rematch game between @SeattleProAm this year. Next Summer in LA it's On!
— Drew League (@DrewLeague) August 7, 2016
Damn it. Oh well. Better luck next year, right?
It would be dope to have had someone like Blake Griffin come through! But Griffin has to get his body right after a rough season on and off the court as he heads into a potential contract year. At least we got to hear him with J.J. Redick (aka jjshoota3) on Redick’s podcast!
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) August 29, 2016
Now, age isn’t always a deterrent to playing in pro-am leagues, but that’s the reality with many players. Barnes told me in April that he was “too old for that anymore”, and a quick look at the Clippers roster will turn up quite a few players that have other priorities than coming down to the Drew to test their might. Chris Paul is 31, and he’s also entering a contract year potentially. He needs all the rest he can get. Pierce will be 39 in October, putting him a year away from playing in a 40-and-over league. Alan Anderson will be 34 in October, and the last thing he needs is a reaggravation of the issues that ruined his season in D.C.
It would have been dope to see Clippers draftees Brice Johnson, David Michineau, and Diamond Stone at the Drew. Of course, they all played in Orlando, with varying results. Michineau’s not even on the roster with Raymond Felton under contract. Luc Mbah a Moute, Wesley Johnson, Brandon Bass, and Marreese Speights all signed new contracts to stay in NBA California, but they weren’t on the pro-am scene from what I could tell. Honestly, there’s only one player from this team that I wanted to see hoop at The Drew…
Damn, what a missed opportunity! I’m sure Austin Rivers did his thing this summer, which included getting that left eye right. But at some point, Rivers has to get like the OG Jamal and do work on these summer courts! Summer is all about moments, and there were so many of them all over the world and all over the country. It would’ve been dope to see a player like Rivers do something like this at The Drew…
I realize that was from five years ago. It’s been too long since the 🔌 was this live for Young Rivers! Plus, in general, it would mean something if a Clippers player went to the Drew and balled out. After three years of the Clippers being up and the Lakers being in the cellar, the Clippers still get clowned locally. Coming through and hooping in a pro-am wouldn’t wipe that slate completely clean, but speaking for the Drew at least, it would give the community a chance to see players that they normally wouldn’t get to see play in an NBA arena.
Ah well. Summer is on it’s last legs, and NBA action will be around the corner soon enough. But remember this post for next July. I would expect L.A. Clippers players to come through and get some work in… and for their sake, not end up on the wrong end of a poster…
— Famouslos32 (@famouslos32) July 25, 2016
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