Hakim Warrick Organizing a Philly vs Baltimore Game Featuring NBA Stars

Following the success of so many star-studded exhibition games this summer, Hakim Warrick is trying to make sure that players from Philadelphia also get some shine. Reports ESPN: “After watching Carmelo Anthony host some of the game’s biggest names for a glitzy summer-league game in his hometown, Phoenix Suns forward and Philadelphia native Hakim Warrick is trying to arrange a Philly-versus-Baltimore showdown against Anthony’s crew … ‘I was trying to do a Philly and Baltimore game awhile ago,’ Warrick said. ‘Then when I saw Drew League vs. Goodman League and Team Melo vs. Goodman [on Tuesday night], I was like, ‘Man, let me go ahead and set this up.’ ‘I told [Anthony] that we want to play them next and they have to come up to Philly. And he said he’s with it.’ Warrick says he’ll try to recruit Philadelphia-reared stalwarts such as Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans, Orlando’s Jameer Nelson and Detroit’s Richard Hamilton to play on the Philly squad. Other players Warrick expects to play include Houston’s Kyle Lowry, Sacramento’s John Salmons, Minnesota’s Wayne Ellington, Charlotte’s Gerald Henderson, veteran NBA guard Ronald Murray (who finished last season in Turkey) and recent draftees Markieff and Marcus Morris, who were selected in the first round in June by Phoenix and Houston, respectively. Warrick, 29, said Sixers guard Lou Williams would also play for Team Philly and added that Anthony is assembling a roster of players from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., as opposed to asking Miami’s LeBron James and New Orleans’ Chris Paul to join him again like they did in Tuesday night’s showdown at Morgan State. ‘He said he wouldn’t bring that same team,’ Warrick said. ‘He said he’d probably bring Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson and other guys from the Baltimore/D.C. area. And for me, other than Lou Will, it’s pretty much all Philly. All people who played in Philly and grew up in Philly … Lou Will is the only one that’s from somewhere else. He’s kind of like an adopted son of Philly, so I let him on the team.'”