NBA World All-Star Classic Tour
The World All-Star Classic basketball tour, which was to feature over a dozen famous NBA stars, was due to play its first game in Puerto Rico on Sunday, October 30 but the game has been postponed and the entire tour is now in doubt.
The basketball tour was also scheduled to play games in London (England), Macau and Melbourne (Australia), but those dates are reportedly pushed back to later in November, and there's no evidence they'll be played at all.
The tour originally hoped to have LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and a few other great players, but those guys were never officially listed. But a fantastic group of talent was due to play in Puerto Rico, as you can see if you scroll down and read the initial info about the game. But then Dwight Howard pulled out despite being announced, and things kept unraveling until the Puerto Rico game was erased from the map before it could happen.
As of October 28, the entire World All-Star Classic tour is in doubt and considered canceled until further notice.
INITIAL NBA WORLD ALL-STAR CLASSIC TOUR PREVIEW
October 26, 2011
The NBA World All-Star Classic tour, a basketball exhibition event, will launch this Sunday, Oct. 30 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. In what sounds like will be a fantastic game, a collection over 12 of the most elite NBA basketball players have been secured to participate.
The World All-Star Classic has contracted the following players to play: Amar’e Stoudemire (Knicks), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Carlos Boozer (Bulls), Chris Kaman (Clippers), Chris Bosh (Heat), Dwyane Wade (Heat), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Kevin Garnett (Celtics), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Rajon Rondo (Celtics), and Tyson Chandler (Mavericks).
Dwight Howard (Magic) was scheduled to play as well, but on Friday, October 28 it was reported that he has withdrawn.
It's definitely a physically big group of players. Here is the player roster by position:
Guards: Rondo, Wade, Kobe.
Forwards: Stoudemire, Griffin, Boozer, Bosh, Durant, Garnett, Love, Pierce.
Centers: D.Howard, Kaman, T.Chandler.
Wade and Kobe will have to find their inner point guard. And if Durant and Pierce act like shooting guards, this will all work out fine.
As of this hour, the only official game date is in Puerto Rico. Has the rest of the tour fallen apart? It was widely reported that games would take place in London (O2 Arena) November 1 and 3, Macau (Cotai Arena, Venetian Hotel) November 6, and Melbourne, Australia (Rod Laver Arena) November 8 and 9. But the only info put out by the organizers today was the Puerto Rico game.
Hopefully this really is a world All-Star tour, and not just a single game in Puerto Rico. When we find out more, it'll be posted here on this page.
In the NBA lockout tour, team captains will pick teams; the roster will be announced prior to the exhibition game.
Tickets for the Sunday NBA World All-Star Classic game will go on sale Thursday morning.
Sunday’s All-Star Classic world game tips off at 7 p.m. to what is expected to be more than 18,000 fans.
A portion of the proceeds from the NBA lockout tour will be donated to various charities on behalf of the players and the event.
THere is no word yet on if the games will be streamed on the web, or televised anywhere. Until we hear otherwise, we'll assume the only way to see the action is to attend in person.
The NBA World All-Star Classic tour is expected to wrap up around November 9. But we at InsideHoops.com wonder if it might go longer than originally planned. What if the NBA lockout hasn't been resolved about one week into November, and this great group of all-stars is on the other side of the world, and additional venues want to host them? Will they say no? They might as well just keep touring the world. But that's just speculation on our part.