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Goodman League: Mazerati Wants To Stay Elite

Author: W. Dawkins
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As we enter the 4th week of the Goodman League in Commissioner Miles Rawls’ 20th season, the famed Washington, DC based summer pro am tournament has already provided some good entertainment and even better storylines.


Commissioner Rawls hasn’t decided yet on which teams will be the elite squads that play the permanent primetime games at 7:30 or 8pm, and which ones will play the less prestigious opening games at 6:30pm.


One of the main teams on the primetime bubble is Mazerati Music. Former NBA star Steve Francis is the owner of Mazerati Music – named after his record label – and he called up Goodman 20 legend and former West Virginia Mountaineer, Greg Jones, aka G-Wiz, to coach his squad. But thus far they haven’t yet totally impressed the fans Inside The Gates at Barry Farms houses in their primetime matchups.


“We’re not going to fly in the big boys yet,” Steve Francis said after his squad’s 57-69 loss to Lincoln Park in their second game of the season.


But by then it could be too late


In Mazerati Music’s third game against RE – led by Goodman 20 legend, Warren Jefferson, aka D-Nice, aka The Drummer – Commissioner Miles mentioned that Mazerati could be dropping down to the 6:30 games, depending on their next game against the Showstoppers on July 2nd.


RE is another team on the bubble. While D-Nice makes any team a primetime team, he is 38 years old and won’t make it the whole season playing the entire game. It will be interesting to see if they make any call-ins or signings to bolster their backcourt. A possible addition could be former Virginia Tech Hokie Brian Chase, aka B-Chase, which would give RE three players on the Goodman 20 list, along with Derick Payne (Bowie State), aka D-Payne.


You still have your usual primetime teams, such Team Madness (defending Goodman Champs), BF Crazies, Drew All-Stars, Showstoppers, Funkhouse, and All Daz. So far the Crazies have shown they are back with a vengeance. The Crazies opened the season with a win over Madness – who they lost to last summer in the Goodman Finals – and is currently 3-0 Inside The Gates.


“We’re coming for that championship this year! The home team, 20th year!” said Gary Jr., the Barry Farms native that leads the neighborhood team.


He and “Malcom” are a potent backcourt, both with great penetrating styles but opposite ends of the spectrum. Gary Jr. is going to give you smooth buckets with a lot of movement off the ball while Malcom is the bruiser who will create the contact. Crazies will suit up again June 21st to take on Corey “Everything” Allmond and Team Ariyuan.


Lincoln Park, another lock primetime team enters the season as a contender once again. Last season, LP was missing Hugh Jones, aka Baby Shaq against Team Madness in the regular season championship and didn’t have Bruce Massey in the playoff opener. The reigning league Most Valuable Player, Dele Ojo, is looking to defend his MVP crown while getting LP that Goodman League championship. LP is still missing Baby Shaq – currently on an Australian tour with the Ball Up team. Once he returns, LP will be at full strength.


“Towards the end of the playoffs, [other teams] fly people [in], but we still do what we do.” Ojo said.


Drew All Stars made the biggest acquisition this offseason, picking up Jimmy Black Jr., the son of former North Carolina shooter Jimmy Black. Black is one of the best guards in the DMV summer circuit and brings a different dynamic to the court. He stretches the floor and creates space for Christian Jackson, aka Super Boo. Coach Drew Crawford thinks his team’s chemistry is the reason why they are best team at The Farms, and it’s hard not to agree.


“People only see us down The Farms but we play everywhere. We play all winter, all spring, we just love to bump and [we’re] like brothers,” coach Drew said after the team’s 47-38 win Saturday night, giving them a record of 2-0.


While the season is still young, the Goodman League is weeks ahead of others like LA’s Drew League and NYC’s Dyckman League. As the weeks go by, we will be able to determine who are the real hoopers and who are the fakers. Stay Tuned!


Author Kendall Hilton, founder of Fan-I Sports Group and Fan-I.com, has covered the Goodman League for multiple seasons.


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