- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
Kings’ Donte Greene using Goodman League to stay in shape this offseason
If lockout continues, Greene will consider going overseas
Question of the Day
During a normal NBA offseason, young NBA players like Sacramento Kings forward Donte Greene could be found in Las Vegas in July, playing in the NBA summer league.
This summer, with the NBA in lockout mode and summer league games cancelled, Greene decided to spend his summer at home. The 23-year-old Baltimore native is one of the NBA regulars in the Goodman League, which plays indoors at Spingarn High School (in D.C.) on weekends, and outside at Barry Farms during the week.
Saturday afternoon, Greene suited up for Lincoln Park, as they took on the undefeated Running Rebels. Greene scored 24 points and, along with leading scorer and Goodman League veteran Ojo Dele, who had 32, handed the Rebels their first loss of the season, 128-123.
"We have a good league and good competition," said Greene, who met league commissioner Miles Rawls when he was still in high school. "A lot of pros, a lot of overseas guys come back home and play. It's a good way to stay in shape and try to have fun at the same time."
A first-round draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008, Greene was traded to the Houston Rockets, and then to Sacramento. He plans to a be a regular in the Goodman League this summer.
"This is definitely one of the top Pro-Am leagues in the nation," Green said. "We have a lot of guys from D.C., a lot of guys from Baltimore, Virginia. Guys come from all over to play in this league, and we have a lot of pros here.
"We have Brandon Jennings here, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins; a lot of guys come back and try to have fun and stay in shape and play against some good competition."
In addition to playing basketball, Greene's summer plans include a family vacation to Disney World, something he prepared and saved for in anticipation of the lockout.
"I'm not too happy [about the lockout]", Greene said. "But at the same time, I understand that it's a business, so if I have to take my craft overseas, I'm definitely going to look into that," Greene said.
New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams has signed a contract with Besiktas, a team in Turkey. Several other NBA players, including Jennings, have expressed an interest in playing overseas of the lockout should continue past the start of the regular NBA season.
"Right now, we're hearing December, January, maybe even longer [before the season begins]," Greene said. "For guys, being at home will be hard; they will be itching to get back out there and play. I'm young, so I'm definitely going to check into it."
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Carla Peay keeps you up to date on the Washington Wizards and the NBA.
- John Wall’s practice session includes contact
- Chris Singleton falls out of Wizards' rotation
- Wizards can't sustain solid start, fall to Mavericks
- Kevin Seraphin gets some tough love from his 'big brothers'
- Wizards' Randy Wittman desires healthier team in 2013
Latest Blog Entries
President wants everyone but himself to pay more
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Ted Nugent loses second casino gig for 'racist remarks'
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Afghan who killed three U.S. Marines in 2012 to serve over 7-year prison sentence
- EDITORIAL: Obama's 'economic patriotism' means higher taxes
- HUSAIN: Fleeing Iraqi Christians find safe haven at the Shrine of Imam Ali
- Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ready for different route to title
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq