Ananth Pandian has a beard, two little dogs and owns too many esoteric basketball related t-shirts. He lives in Boston and he’s addicted to the NBA and ChapStick.
DC’s Goodman League has basically been involved in every single basketball exhibition that has taken place these past few months. With a commissioner like Miles Rawls you will begin to realize why.
Rawls has been running things at the Goodman for the last fifteen years while working full time at the Department of Homeland Security. Born and raised in DC, Rawls has street cred for days and is even able to heckle President Obama.
I caught up with Rawls to talk about his summer, Durant, and the Goodman’s place in summer basketball.
TBJ: You have been one of the busiest people in the country this summer with all of the different games the Goodman League has competed in.
Miles Rawls: We are busy every summer, but due to the lockout, these summer leagues across the country have taken notice that the Goodman is for real and have been challenging us. We have been getting more exposure than we normally get, thanks to these lockout games. But all that does is solidify what we have been saying for the longest time — we are a legitimate summer league.
TBJ: I know you have been running the league for about 15 years, has this been the busiest summer for you?
MR: Oh yeah. Normally after our season, we are done. The biggest game we ever did was the first AND1 game, but that didn’t have half the media coverage that our match-up with the Drew League had (Capital Punishment). That game was totally off the charts.
TBJ: It seems like Kevin Durant has been playing in every single exhibition game.
MR: He’s not playing on Friday though (Goodman v EBC). Its his birthday weekend. When he is available for me, he will play. Its his birthday so I gave him a pass, as long as he doesn’t miss that rematch in LA on Oct. 9th (laughs).
TBJ: What is your relationship like with Kevin?
MR: I known him since he was in high school. He started playing at the Goodman when he was a little scrawny kid, I think he was at Oak Hill at that time. We have a good relationship as far as on the basketball court, he’s a good kid. We haven’t seen a NBA guy represent DC like Kevin has since Steve Francis.