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World All-Star Classic appears to be set

Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 5:06 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Stars like LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony have bailed on the tour, according to a report.

There were some fears that the six-game "world tour" being organized by players could get derailed before it was even on the tracks because of some paperwork issues, but it appears everything is in place, according to Yahoo! Sports:

The six-game global tour by several of the NBA’s top stars, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant appears set to begin Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after an agreement was reached among the tour’s organizers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday.

The tour will begin in Puerto Rico and is scheduled to continue to London, Macau and Melbourne, Australia. Organizers are considering adding a fifth city to the tour, sources said, and are doing some last-minute tinkering with the other stops and dates.

The rosters are shaping up like this, via ESPN.com: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant will be the headliners. Final rosters will be announced later Wednesday, but among the likely players are LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, Tyson Chandler, Steve Nash, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and Chris Kaman. Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose were said to be in but appear to be out at the last minute.

The tour kicks off Sunday, Oct. 30, in San Juan at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum with tickets going on sale in Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon. After that, it's off to London for two games Nov. 1 and 3 at the O2 Arena. The fourth game is Nov. 6 in Macau and the tour is set to finish in Melbourne at the Rod Laver Arena on Nov. 8 and 9.

Each player will indeed receive a salary, ranging from six figures to $1 million. Some of the proceeds will also go toward charity. The tour was organized by Atlanta businessman Calvin Darden.

With the NBPA and NBA meeting again though, there's no telling what would happen to the event if the lockout is lifted soon. If that were to happen, I'd imagine it would just get scrapped, which would be a bummer for those excited about it overseas.

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