Now that the NBA lockout is seemingly here to stay, NBA stars lighting up the Drew League on YouTube are our only form of entertainment for the time being.
After Kobe’s 45-point performance during his last exhibition with the Drew League (which included the game-winning shot over Oklahoma City’s James Harden), there are a good number of Angelenos looking forward to the September 10th game pitting the Drew League versus the Goodman League that is still in the tentative planning stages.
One Angeleno, though, has made it clear that in the event of a Drew/Goodman matchup, Kobe should not be allowed to suit up. That Angeleno is Compton-native and Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, via ESPN’s Chris Palmer:
“He wasn’t born and raised in LA. You gotta be from LA to play for Drew. Show me a birth certificate.”
As many Laker fans may already know, while Kobe’s 15 years with the Lakers make him seem like a native son, Bryant was born in Philadelphia before moving with his family to Italy when his father played in the European leagues. While Jennings’ comment may seem harsh, his words referred specifically to a Drew League rule that only Los Angeles-born players may play for the official Drew League team.
Jennings went on to address his Twitter followers further after receiving considerable criticism:
Jennings does have an honest point about natives playing for the Drew League team, but when there is no basketball on the current horizon and NBA players begin flocking to these pro-am leagues to stay in basketball shape, a few exceptions to the rules can be expected.