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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 145: NBA Players To Host Four-City "Homecoming Tour"
Published November 22, 2011
DETAILS ON THE TOUR: Wade said, "We're not doing it so people don't forget our names. We're really doing this to continue to make an impact in the communities that we go to and also to show that we love this game, we're going to continue to play it and that this is something we all decided to do together. So that's what makes this special'' (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/22). In Chicago, Mike McGraw notes the "hometown theme is loosely interpreted," and it will be "interesting to see if any Bulls players take part in the UIC game." McGraw notes Bulls G Derrick Rose "has stated a distaste for all-star games and didn't do much to recruit Wade or James to Chicago as free agents in 2010, so he'd be a surprising participant" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 11/22). In New Orleans, Jimmy Smith notes the local "stop on the tour was scheduled for the evening of Dec. 4, but it was moved up when the NFL changed the Saints-Lions game that day to prime time to accommodate NBC’s 'Sunday Night Football' telecast" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/22).
IT'S ALL GOOD? In West Palm Beach, Ethan Skolnick wrote, "The worldwide tour didn't work out. So LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will headline a domestic one." But Skolnick wrote while this is "all for a good cause, it can't make you feel good about the state of NBA negotiations, or at least about where the stars feel they are" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 11/21). YAHOO SPORTS' Kelly Dwyer wrote, "Nothing but good can come of this." Any "appearance, any dollar raised, and any amount of stay-in-shape work remains a good thing as the lockout drones on and on" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/21). Meanwhile, in Orlando, Josh Robbins reports Magic C Dwight Howard "will not be playing in President Barack Obama's basketball-themed campaign fundraiser next month." The online flyer for The Obama Classic Basketball Game "no longer lists Howard as one of the players 'confirmed to play'" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/22).