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Report: Miami Heat’s Big Three To Host Star-Studded Charity Game

ESPN’s Chris Boussard is reporting that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are putting the finishing touches on an all-star caliber charity basketball game they are referring to as “The South Florida All-Star Classic.” Tentatively scheduled for Oct. 8 at the 5,000-seat U.S. Century Bank Arena — the home court of Isiah Thomas-coached Florida International University — the game will be a veritable who’s who among NBA superstars:

A number of NBA players are slated to join the Miami trio on the court, including fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul, the Washington Wizards’ John Wall, the Atlanta Hawks’ Jamal Crawford, the Houston Rockets’ Jonny Flynn, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe, the Dallas Mavericks’ Caron Butler, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay, the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Lou Williams, the Golden State Warriors’ Dorell Wright, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Wesley Matthews and free agent Eddy Curry.

Cleveland Cavaliers first-round picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson also are possible participants in the game.

Not a bad lineup of players, to be sure. And all proceeds reportedly will benefit the educational community of South Florida, so in more ways than one, it’s a win-win for all those involved and all those who will be in attendance.

Jeez, with all the exhibitions — and now, evidently, charity games — in all seriousness, who really needs the NBA? Keep your lockout, owners and David Stern, the product the players are churning out isn’t that much of a dropoff.

Sources: Star-studded game planned [ESPN]