The lockout squabbling continues for the NBA, raising the likelihood Oklahoma City will have to do without the team we have come to know and love so much over the last few years. Already a portion of the regular season has been lost, and if the sides can't figure out a way to come together on a deal, it will be a financial blow for the city and an emotional one for the thoroughly invested Thunder fans. Though it does little to comfort against those consequences, an exhibition game on Sunday, October 23rd at the Cox Convention Center will at least give Oklahoma City a taste of the NBA action we're missing.
Organized by Kevin Durant and former Oklahoma State standout Desmond Mason, the game will include plenty of big names such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, John Wall and Rudy Gay. In addition, Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and James Harden are scheduled to play, as well as former Thunder forward Jeff Green. Unfortunately, the latest news is that Blake Griffin, who initially was committed to play, has had to back out due to a cut on his right foot.
Portions of the proceeds go to charity, and a limited number of tickets are still available, priced as low as $29. They can be purchased online (look for US Fleet Tracking Basketball Invitational) or by calling (800) 745-3000. If you're not able to attend, the game will be televised on the Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703 for Cox subscribers).
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