So what else is new? The World All-Star Classic is the latest basketball related event to get the axe. The move comes hours before the tour was set to begin in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Organizers had been having issues securing the top NBA talent needed in order to make the event a success. With so many charity games/barnstorming events going on, the World All-Star Classic needed to land the top players in order to stand above the rest.
Just last week, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyanne Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony all backed out of the event wanting to stay stateside to train in hopes of a deal getting done in the near future. The players backing out, and the inability to get a TV deal done, forced organizers to scrap the event and fans once again suffer the greatest blow.
The Celtics’ Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were still on pace to participate alongside Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, but the event essentially collapsed when LeBron pulled out. The players have been struggling to thrust themselves, and their cause, onto the forefront of the American agenda. Fans do not want to see millionaires battle billionaires, but this event could have helped the players gain momentum by reminding the fans how great the game of basketball is and how there will be a significant void this winter without it.
The Houdini will hold his own World All-Star Classic in his driveway this weekend. Celtic legend Larry Bird is scheduled to attend, well maybe not Larry Legend himself, but a slightly overweight guy wearing a Larry Bird Dream Team jersey.
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