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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  16 responses

Report: 18 NBA All-Stars to Play in ‘World All-Star Classic’


Despite a few logistical hiccups, the NBA players’ world tour appears set to get off the ground as initially planned, and according to ESPN, some 18 All-Stars will participate: “Nearly two dozen of the NBA’s top stars will embark on a six-game, two-week, four-continent tour that begins Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. … Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant will headline the roster of 18 all-star players, sources said. The remaining 14 players will be announced Wednesday. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, Tyson Chandler, Steve Nash, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and Chris Kaman are among the candidates. Two rumored participants who definitely won’t be making the trips overseas are reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook … Tour organizers aim to replace Rose and Westbrook with, among others, Rose’s Bulls teammate, Joakim Noah, the source said. The tour’s first game will be played Sunday, Oct. 30, in San Juan at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. Tickets will go on sale in Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon. The next two games will be on Nov. 1 and 3 at the O2 Arena in London. Game 4 will be played Nov. 6 in Macau in the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Hotel, and the tour will close in Melbourne, Australia with games at Rod Laver Arena on Nov. 8 and 9. Each player will receive a salary, ranging from six figures to $1 million. Many of the proceeds will go towards charity.”

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  • mytiman

    Why is Derrick Rose not joining this? He was paid $300k just to play here in the Philippines!

  • Russ M

    Who cares who plays? This ain’t nothing different then And 1 or the Globetrotters, except the NBA’ers do it better. Nothing but a little BS entertainment. Sorry, but any game in which winning or losing is irrelevant is not a game worth watching. Send me to game like this and then tell me there’s a high school game across the street and you know where I’ll be.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    DERON IS LOOKING SMARTER WITH EVERY ‘ALL STAR’ EXHIBITION THAT POPS UP.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Drose is doing a Uso tour

  • BlackStar

    @ Caveman – Seriously! D Will is showing the world that it doesn’t matter where he plays cause he’s still nice to def … Plus he’s staying in game shape. Hopefully he’s finding a way to get endorsement deals done overseas too. That would be gangsta!

  • CubicleWorker

    Yea he’s looking super smart making $5M in Turkey instead of $13M in US *smh*

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    CUBICLE, HE WAS MAKING $0 IN THE US. YOU KNOW, THAT WHOLE LOCKOUT THING? AND I WASNT EVEN TALKING ABOUT THE MONEY. ALTHOUGH HE IS BESTING ALL OTHER NBA PLAYERS IN THAT WAY AS WELL. HE IS PLAYING COMPETITIVE BASKETBALL, WHILE MOST OTHERS ARE JUST PLAYING STREETBALL. WHO WILL IMPROVE THEIR SKILLSET MORE?

  • FL23

    Hope this will be on tv..any basketball is better than none

  • Harlem_World

    Deron is definitely winning this lockout situation right now. No question. Plus, I have a feeling this rushed ‘international tour’ isn’t going to go as well as the ‘organizers’ think. No marketing and promotion overseas? 3,000 arenas, maybe – but 20,000 seaters? NBA take the best part of a year to fill those over seas but these guys going to do it in a week? Should be interesting to see what happens if these are not all sold out and the money doesn’t add up…will players be short changed?

  • Eduardo

    I don’t know about other countries but here in Puerto Rico we’re so ready… no real marketing is necessary…the names of the players speak for themselves…our arena holds 18,000 seats and if they came and played 3 games… then 3 games would sell out. I think it’s a great idea to keep expanding the NBA’s world market.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You don’t have to do as much marketing in a country where seeing NBA stars is a rarity. It’s not like in America where it’s easy to catch these guys. In these other countries, this is a really big deal and word of mouth takes care of advertising in a lot of ways.

  • AJ

    The O2 Arena in London are denying that the games are going ahead. I’m getting pretty sick with how poorly organised this is. I’m not sure they’ll sell a total of 30,000 seats with only 5-6 days notice. Pretty slack guys…

  • Wasabi Steak

    Yeah there’s massive confusion about the London dates. No one in London knows anything about other than what die hard fans have read online on US sites about this tour. No press (other than a blog post on one paper’s site)

    Seriously, you’re having Lebron, Kobe, Wade, KG, Amare, Blake Griffin amongst others coming and you dont even have tickets??

    Is anyone in Australia, PR and Macau having the same problem?

    This aint like exhibitons in the US where you can just sell them at the arena the day before.

  • William

    We are pretty excited in Australia, I think it will be a success as far as ticket sales but apparently they are suppose to meet tomorrow about the labour situation, which I doubt will go anywhere anytime soon…

  • Lex420

    Man please post something if you hear about the London tix I’m in Poland so I need the fix early

  • Jennifer

    I miss watching Blake Griffin. Hope someone streams or uploads highlights

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