So there is an NBA lockout that doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon. But that isn’t stopping some of the best players in the league from playing basketball.
Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh took a trip back to their home turf of Miami, Fl. to play a charity basketball game. The South Florida All-Star Classic is just one of the many charity exhibition games that NBA stars are playing while the lockout continues.
The game was held at Florida International University to benefit Mary’s Court Foundation which helps disadvantaged youth and families in Garfield Park and Lawndale areas of Chicago. The foundation was established in honor of basketball coach Isiah Thomas’ late mother, Mary Thomas. Thomas was the first to appear in Miami for the all-star charity game.
4,000 fans packed the U.S. Century Arena of FIU to watch the NBA superstars battle it out on the court. James, Wade and Bosh were not the only talent fans were able to witness on the court. Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, Chris Paul of New Orleans, Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Rajon Rondo of Boston, were just a few of the other all-stars participating in the charity event.
Melo sent the game into overtime for Wade’s team which helped them beat Lebron’s squad 141-140. Melo said of the charity exhibition, “We just want to keep giving back like this.” He is planning a similar charity event toward the middle of November, according to the Inquisitr.
So there is an NBA lockout. That doesn’t seem to matter much at all to these superstars who keep playing basketball anyway. They are entertaining fans, giving back to their communities, and supporting the charities they care about. And they’re keeping on top of their games for when the lockout ends. These guys deserve applause for what they are doing and what they continue to do.