Game against Goodman proves strength of Indy Pro Am

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In one call, the goal of Carlos Knox took a major step forward.

On the other end of the inquiry was the Goodman League, a traditional summer organization of basketball players in Washington D.C. Their main team includes NBA standouts Kevin Durant and John Wall among others and is often one of the best shows in professional basketball downtime.

Knox's Indy Pro Am is only a few years old, but it's development was good enough that Goodman called the league to organize a game.

"They said 'Hey, we knew that you did a lot of great things this summer, we know you have an excellent choice of players here in Indiana and we definitely want to get together with you guys,'" said Knox of the conversation-and that has come to pass.

At UIndy's Nicoson Hall on Saturday night the best of the Indy Pro Am teams will face the Goodman League, a showcase of a number of NBA players who are currently locked out from their teams.

Expected to play in the game for the Indy Pro Am team are George Hill, Eric Gordon, Gordon Hayward, Zach Randolph, JaJuan Johnson and Shelvin Mack.

"It was a good fit," said Knox of playing the Goodman League. "I really respect what they do out in D.C., the Goodman League as well as the Drew League and that's something that we're trying to do."

While a unique moment for the league itself it does give a higher level of competition to the number of NBA players that populate the Indy Pro Am Roster.

"It will be fun to go out and play with some other NBA guys," said Brownsburg native and former Butler standout Gordon Hayward, who is currently a member of the Utah Jazz. "We're all in the same situation."

That would be having to work on their games without the ability to meet inside each team's headquarters, the first drawback to the use of a lockout to force a new labor deal. Its what brought a number of the players to the pro am when games were held thoughout the summer at IUPUI's "The Jungle" basketball facility.

Eric Gordon was involved in a number of those games, hoping to stay in game shape so he could return strong to the Clippers once the lockout ends.

"To have fun and just to play," said Gordon of his hopes for the Goodman League game. "Our season's not coming up anytime soon but it's just always good to play against other guys all the time throughout the summer."

The doors open for the game at 6 P.M. at Nicoson Hall at UIndy. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.knoxproam.com or by calling (800)909-7030.

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