VIDEO: That time a good deal of the NBA played a game at the Pyramid

In this, the third installment of’s Classics video series, Mike and JJ look back at the once in a lifetime basketball exhibition between the Drew League and Goodman League in 2011.

Played in front of a capacity crowd at Walter Pyramid, this All-Star game was the only way to see superstars like Kevin Durant, James Harden, John Wall as the NBA suffered through a lockout. It was clear the players and their historic summer leagues wanted to win some public favor and the crowd’s enthusiasm made it clear they did.

The Drew League hosts summer tournaments every year, as does the Goodman League in New York. They all came together to give their fans a show, and gain an upper hand at the negotiating table with NBA owners.

This game was played at Walter Pyramid because of the connection with Long Beach State Hall of Famer Casper Ware whose family has been a huge part of the Drew League, and the Ware’s put the league in contact with LBSU when planning for the game started.

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