The first stop for the lockout exhibition will be Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 1.
Who says you can’t go home again?
That is exactly what NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul plan to do on a four-city exhibition “Homecoming Tour” during the NBA lockout. Of course, they will have to bring along a few of their friends to fill out two rosters.
The tour’s first stop could be the most interesting, with James returning to Northeast Ohio to play in his native Akron on Dec. 1, followed by stops in New Orleans on Dec. 4, Chicago on Dec. 7 and East Rutherford, N.J. on Dec. 10, according to the Associated Press.
"It'll be very neat," Wade told the AP. "First of all, this is something we talked about doing a long time ago as players. To have an opportunity to go to these different cities that we're from, to bring basketball to them at a high level and also have a charitable component in each city and to be with the guys, it'll be cool. It's something we're looking forward to."
The game in Akron could be the most controversial, with many fans still upset at how James left the Cleveland Cavaliers a year ago to join Chris Bosh and Wade to form the Big 3 in Miami. Bosh will join the foursome on the four-city tour, while both rosters are expected to change significantly on each stop.
The proceeds from the tour will go to help fund various charities.
"I am so excited to have this opportunity to participate in this tour," Anthony said. "To couple two of the things I love to do — play basketball and give back — is special. This is just the beginning of a movement to facilitate change in our communities and I am happy to be a part of a group of guys willing to lead the charge."
(Photo: AP Photo/Julio Cortez)