Goodman League Roundball Classic Doubles as Family Reunion
Elton Hayes | 8/28/2013, 3 p.m.
“Bobby always talks about coming up here to play and how it’s a great experience, especially with the [Goodman League] and the level of competition,” said Wayne Chism, 26, Maze’s teammate of three years at Tennessee. “[Wherever] the ball’s bouncing, I’m there.”
After hearing Maze and Beasley talk about the high level of competition found on the area’s basketball courts, Chism decided it was time to get in on the action. Maze, Chism and Beasley – another local basketball star who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft – piled into Maze’s car and headed north from Tennessee.
“It feels great to be able to come up here and play, especially against all of the top players in D.C.,” Chism said. “Not only does it help me, it helps the other players as well.”
As the game ended, the crowd made its way down onto the court. Some players posed for pictures with excited children while others signed autographs for wide-eyed admirers.
As the gymnasium thinned out, Victor Oladipo joined his mother and made his way outside in search of a place to share a few quiet moments before heading back to Florida.
Mother and son slipped behind the handful of relatives and exchanged a few words as they exited the building.
“My mom’s the reason I play today, and I love her,” he said. “Without her, I wouldn’t be here. She means the world to me.”