Sneaker Watch: Goodman League vs. Melo League

Sneaker Watch: Goodman League vs. Melo League

Melo League All-Stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron JamesNo Wade. No Bosh. No problem. LeBron James formed another “Big Three” with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

words // Brandon Richard

With the NBA on an indefinite hiatus, our thirst for hoop action has been quenched with the numerous highly-publicized summer and Pro-Am league match-ups taking place across the country in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Kevin Durant dropped 44 points in the much-talked-about game against the Los Angeles-based Drew League. KD returned to the court last night, finding himself on the opposing side of a fully-stacked deck.

Joining the summer league fun were NBA superstars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, who all suited up for Anthony’s Baltimore-based Melo League. The game between Goodman and Melo was played in the gym at Morgan State University. Other notable NBA names that suited up were Roger Mason Jr., Jeff Green, Ty Lawson, Josh Selby, Austin Daye, Jarrett Jack, Gary Neal and Eric Bledsoe.

As far as highlights go, this game was filled with them. Durant’s outright assault on the Melo League defense; Paul’s signature handles and court vision on display; and what appeared to be an endless amount of poster-worthy dunks from the King. Also worth mentioning is the impressive play of Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby, who has been turning a lot of heads on the summer circuit.

The fans in attendance were happy to see the All-Star Melo trio, but it was Durant who ultimately stole the show. Following his 66-point performance at the Rucker and 44-point night against the Drew League, KD scorched LeBron and company for 59 points. What’s scary about his performance is that noticeably improving his game – better handles, strength, vision and new go-to moves may very well make him the best offensive player in the world right now.

Despite Durant’s huge night, the Melo League All-Stars used a balanced effort from their stacked roster to pull out a 149-141 win. James finished with 32 points, Anthony scored 27 and CP3 poured in 16.

Read on for a look at the basketball shoes worn by the stars of the Goodman and Melo Leagues, as well as a couple highlights from the night.

Sneaker Watch: Goodman League vs. Melo League

Carmelo Anthony wearing Jordan T ShirtCarmelo Anthony greets fans and reporters in his new Jordan t-shirt.

LeBron James wearing Basketball Never Stops Nike T-ShirtLeBron James all smiles in his Basketball Never Stops Nike t-shirt.

Chris Paul Jordan CP3.V / Ty Lawson Nike LeBron 8 V/2Chris Paul debuted the upcoming Jordan CP3.V; Ty Lawson defends in the “Summit Lake” Nike LeBron 8 V2.

Kevin Durant Dropped 59-Points for Goodman LeagueHere’s a look at Kevin Durant eying two of his 59 points.

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Zoom KD III; Carmelo Anthony wearing Jordan Melo M7 AdvanceDurant shoots a deep ball in the ‘Away’ Playoff Pack Nike Zoom KD III; Carmelo Anthony debuted an all-new “Baltimore” colorway of his Jordan Melo M7 Advance.

Jeff Green wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 LowAnother look at Melo’s new Jordan shoes; Jeff Green defends in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron 8 V/2 GraffitiLeBron throws it down in a brand new “Graffiti” colorway of the Nike LeBron 8 V/2.

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