Not to be outdone by this off-season’s series of barnstorming events, LeBron James is planning his own game too along with Heat teammates Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
Unlike Kevin Durant who scheduled games in his hometown of DC, or Carmelo Anthony who played a couple games in his native Baltimore, LeBron is not staging his game in Akron.
His game will be played in Miami, and will feature basketball masterminds Rick Ross and Kevin Hart as the two coaches. Sam Amick broke this story on twitter first, and below Chris Broussard offered a bunch of details on the game they’re calling The South Florida All Star Classic.
This from ESPN’s Heat Index:
“The game will be held on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET at Florida International University, where Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is coach. All proceeds will go toward a charity supporting the educational community of South Florida.
A number of NBA players are slated to join the Miami trio on the court, including fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul, the Washington Wizards’ John Wall, the Atlanta Hawks’ Jamal Crawford, the Houston Rockets’ Jonny Flynn, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe, the Dallas Mavericks’ Caron Butler, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay, the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Lou Williams, the Golden State Warriors’ Dorell Wright, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Wesley Matthews and free agent Eddy Curry.
Cleveland Cavaliers first-round picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson also are possible participants in the game.
The squads will be headlined by Brand Jordan players (Wade, Anthony, Paul) vs. Nike (James, Bosh, Durant). Comedian Kevin Hart, who has appeared in Brand Jordan commercials with Wade, is expected to coach the Jordan team, while Miami-based rap star Rick Ross is expected to coach the Nike club.”
I imagine Rick Ross will take his boss-like leadership skills into the locker room pregame to get his Nike group ready hustle hard. Sorry, that was uncalled for and cheesy, I didn’t really have much more to add. Sounds like it will be a pretty good game, we’ll keep you posted.