The NBA lockout maybe in full effect, but that won’t stop NBA players to organize another summer hoops event.
Since the lockout started, San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal has played in numerous summer league events and is now set to play again for Team Melo which defeated the Goodman league last month.
Team Philly, a team made up of basketball stars from the Philly area, will take on Team Melo, a team led by Carmelo Anthony on September 25 at The Palestra.
Team Philly will include Phoenix Suns’ Hakim Warrick and Markieff Morris, Houston Rockets’ Marcus Morris and Kyle Lowry , Philadelphia Sixers’ Lou Williams, Sacramento Kings’ John Salmons and Jason Thompson, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Wayne Ellington , former NBA player Flip Murray and Philly street ball legend Aaron “AO” Owens.
While Team Melo, comprised of players from the Baltimore area, will include Anthony, Memphis Grizzlies’ Josh Selby , Sacramento Kings’ Donte Greene, Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs, Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers and “more suprise (sp.) guests,” according to Rahim Thompson’s Twitter account @RTChosenleague.
Thompson, the commissioner of a basketball league in Philly called The Chosen League, organized the game and announced the details via Twitter.
According to Thompson, tickets will be $35 for upper level seats and $50 for lower level seats. The tickets will go on sale “next Tuesday at the Palestra and online.”
NBA players have been active in summer leagues around the country all summer long and there have been numerous exhibition games like the one coming to Philly over the past month. Most notably, Los Angeles’ Drew League traveled to Washington D.C. to take on the Goodman League and then the Goodman League visited the Melo League in Baltimore.