NBA Stars to Play Exhibition Game at Seattle’s Key Arena

by July 20, 2011

Tragically, Seattle no longer has an NBA team. But Brandon Roy and other NBAers will give that city’s hoops fans a small glimpse of NBA action during an exhibition game this weekend. From the Oregonian: “Blazers guard Brandon Roy headlines the field of the H206 Charity Basketball Classic, billed as ‘a state-wide public celebration showcasing the contribution of basketball to the Pacific Northwest.’ Roy will lead a ‘Seattle’ team, made up of players from the area, which will take on a ‘League’ team of NBA and recently-drafted players from outside the Seattle area. Roy’s Seattle team includes former Blazer Martell Webster, who plays for Minnesota; former University of Oregon star Aaron Brooks, who is a restricted free agent with the Suns; and Atlanta guard Jamal Crawford, a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year award winner. The League team includes Nolan Smith, who was drafted by the Blazers out of Duke last month; Kyle Singler, the former South Medford High School star who was Smith’s teammate at Duke and was drafted by Detroit; and former University of Portland star Pooh Jeter, who played for Sacramento this past season and is a free agent. The game tips off at 3:30 p.m. and is preceded by pre-game festivities starting at 2 p.m. that will include three-point, skills and halfcourt shot competitions. The halftime festivities will include a tribute to the Sonics 1979 NBA championship, with Lenny Wilkens, Fred Brown, Jack Sikma, Gus Williams, Paul Silas and Wally Walker invited to appear.”